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The Occasional Papers Series has been published by the Northern Territory Library since 1986.
The series gives writers and researchers the opportunity to publish works which highlight significant or the more unknown aspects of Northern Territory history and social life.
Included in the series are papers presented by speakers chosen to deliver the Northern Territory Library's annual Eric Johnston Lecture.
Hard copies of Occasional Papers are available free of charge from the Northern Territory Library while stocks last.
|Issue number||Author||Title and PDF link|
|66||Bob Beadman||Poor fellow my country: Indigenous policy - 50 years of progress? |
The twenty-seventh Eric Johnston Lecture, November 2013
|65||Mikey Dewar||What exactly is that great Territory lifestyle?|
Lecture for the Northern Territory Library, August 2011
|64||Gary Johns||Statehood stalemate: a modest proposal|
|63||Diane Giese||One fabulous night only: entertaining the Territory|
Leisure and pleasure - how Top End people from the 1950s and 60s pioneered today's thriving arts and entertainment scene, December 2009
|62||Clare Martin||Reflections on being in government 2001 to 2007 |
The twenty-third Eric Johnston Lecture, 2009
|61||Tom Calma||A human rights agenda for the Northern Territory |
The twenty-second Eric Johnston Lecture, 2008
|60||Austin Asche||When we were South Australia |
The twenty-first Eric Johnston Lecture, October 2007
|59||Judy Nunn||Territory |
The twentieth Eric Johnston Lecture, 2006
|58||Marilynne Paspaley||Finding the spirit of Darwin |
The nineteenth Eric Johnston Lecture 2005
|57||Bill Bunbury||Cyclone Tracy - an ill wind? |
Listen to this lecture
|56||Martin Jarvis||Under the stars in tropical Vienna |
The seventeenth Eric Johnston Lecture, 2003
|55||Terry Underwood||Nowhere to somewhere |
The sixteenth Eric Johnston Lecture, November 2001
|54||John Anictomatis||A home away from home - the Aegean to Australia |
The fifteenth Eric Johnston Lecture, December 2000
|53||Bob Collins||Learning lessons - Indigenous education in the Northern Territory |
The fourteenth Eric Johnston Lecture, November 1999
|52||Ted Egan||Makarrta - Caledon Bay and Woodah Island Killings of 1932 to 1933|
The thirteenth Eric Johnston Lecture, December 1998
|51||Goff Letts||The great banteng muster: the Cobourg Expeditions 1960 to 1963 |
The twelfth Eric Johnston Lecture, November 1997
|50||Mandawuy Yunupingu||New love song for an old land:|
Audio of Lecture Introduction
Audio of Lecture part 1
Audio of Lecture part 2
Audio of Lecture part 3
Audio of Lecture part 4
The eleventh Eric Johnston Lecture, November 1996
|49||Roslyn Poignant||Lost conversations, recovered archives |
The tenth Eric Johnston Lecture, November 1995
|47||Lyn Riddett||We had good meals, plenty of nice vegetables, plenty of fish, plenty of ducks and geese...: food and eating in outback Territory, 1900 to 1950|
|46||Miriam-Rose Baumann||Aboriginal Education 1994 |
The ninth Eric Johnston Lecture, November 1994
|45||Diana Giese||All the flavour of the times returns: using oral history to explore the Top End's heritage|
|44||DJ Mulvaney||The search for Captain Collet Barker of Raffles Bay |
A brief biographical look at Collet Barker, the Commandant of Fort Wellington, 1828 to 1829
The eighth Eric Johnston Lecture, November 1993
|43||LFS Browne||John McKinlay and the Mary River mud , 1993|
Retraces the McKinlay Expedition of 1866
|42||Mickey Dewar||From the Little Black Princess to Biggles: representations of the Northern Territory in children's literature , 1993|
A look at the way the Northern Territory has been depicted in children's books.
|41||David Carment with Helen J Wilson and Barbara James||The father, brother, uncle, aunt and numerous other watchful relatives of the place: John George Knight and the Northern Territory , 1993|
The story of JG Knight and his unequalled contribution to the development of Palmerston (Darwin) in the 1890s
|40||A Wells||Bugs and bug collectors of the Northern Territory: entomology and entomologists in the Northern Territory , 1993|
The first history of Northern Territory entomology
|39||George Brown||A planning history: Darwin Botanic Garden past, present and future - and planning, a new approach , 1993|
Two papers by the former head of the Darwin Botanic Garden and Lord Mayor of Darwin
|38||RW Braithwaite||Gardening as environmentalism: a Top End perspective , 1993|
Gardening in Darwin and how you can do your bit towards saving the planet
|37||Vai Stanton||Talking for country: the land and its song, and The ties that bind Indigenous people around the world , 1993|
A member of the Kungarrakunj tribe in the Northern Territory's Top End, and a former Regional
Councillor of ATSIC, Vai Stanton speaks with quiet fervour and conviction of her ties to the land, and explains what her 'country' means to her. In the second paper she describes the similarities that exist between indigenous people in all parts of the world.
|36||John C Hargrave||The best of both worlds: Aboriginal health then and now |
The history of Aboriginal health, including general social and economic conditions, by a distinguished doctor who has served almost 40 years in the Territory.
The seventh Eric Johnson Lecture, November 1992
|35||Anne Gardiner||Melding of two spirits: from the 'Yiminga' of the Tiwi to the 'Yiminga' of Christianity , 1993|
A look at the way Christianity has been absorbed into the life and culture of the Tiwi islanders (Bathurst and Melville Islands).
|34||Peter Dermoudy||The I123: a Japanese submarine wreck in Clarence Strait , 1992|
The sinking of the Japanese submarine I124 in Clarence Strait in 1942, and the futile attempts to salvage it.
|33||R Eadie||Office of Ombudsman , 1992|
The Office of Ombudsman in the Northern Territory, by a former incumbent.
|32||Mickey Dewar||'Snorters, fools and little'uns': sexual politics and Territory writing in the South Australian period , 1992|
The way history and current events, particularly those relating to women, are depicted in early Territory writing.
|31||Jeremy Long||The Go-Betweens: the Patrol Officer service in the Northern Territory , 1992|
A brief look at the early years of the Patrol Office service in the Northern Territory, up to 1946.
|30||JM Thomson||Northern Territory fisheries , 1992|
A realistic look at the potential of the NT fisheries, in the perspective of the world's greatest fisheries.
|29||John Knight||The Northern Territory coast , 1992|
Outlines the history of exploration along the NT coast, and speaks of the problems and dangers of navigation in these waters.
|28||Paul Hasluck||Pioneers of post-war recovery |
Deals with the NT Administrators and senior public servants in the 1950s, the time when so many new policies were introduced, and the NT finally seemed to be moving out of its ninety year economic slumber.
The sixth Eric Johnston Lecture, November, 1991
|27||Frank Flynn||Rebuilding the beacon: Point Smith, Port Essington , 1992|
While describing the building of the 100-year-old beacon at Port Essington (or Victor settlement), Father Flynn looks at the historic settlement and its short history.
|26||Dennis Barritt||Some community problems from a court's perspective , 1991|
A former Alice Springs Stipendiary Magistrate speaks out on the cases which come before him. He speaks of the conditions which lead to such breaches of the law, and proposes some unconventional but thought-provoking remedies.
|25||RG Kimber||The end of the bad old days: European settlement in Central Australia, 1871-1894 . 1991.|
How white 'civilisation' came to Central Australia, and what it meant to the Aboriginal inhabitants.
The fifth Eric Johnston Lecture, November 1991.
|24||HC Coombes||Aborigines and development in Northern Australia 1991.|
The 'grand old man of Aboriginal Affairs', Dr Nugget Coombs, speaks of the effects economic and industrial / agricultural development has had on the country, and on the Aboriginal population.
|23||Lyn Riddett||Growing up in the pastoral frontier: conception, birth and childhood on cattle stations in the NT, 1920-1950 |
Recreation and entertainment on Northern Territory pastoral stations, 1910-1950 1991.
See also Paper 47 "We had good meals, plenty of nice vegetables, plenty of fish, plenty of ducks and geese..." : food and eating in outback Territory, 1900 - 1950
|22||CM Atherton||The Northern Territory - South Australian white elephant / Commonwealth prize: perception and reality in the federation era .|
A fascinating study of the machinations and manoeuvring during the 20 years preceding the take-over of the Northern Territory by the Commonwealth in 1911.
|21||Graham Nicholson||Ten years of self-government: a constitutional perspective . 1990|
A history of constitutional development in the NT, with the emphasis on post 1978 events.
|20||Nan Giese||The Darwin Institute of Technology: a historical perspective. 1990.|
A history of the Darwin Institute of Technology (now the Northern Territory University), which is also a history of higher education in the NT. By a former Chairperson of the Institute's Council, and the current Northern Territory University Chancellor.
|19||Alec Fong Lim||Memories of pre-war Northern Territory towns . 1990.|
Personal experiences of life in "frontier" towns in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. By a former Lord Mayor of Darwin.
|18||Peter Forrest||They of the Never Never . 1990|
A history of Elsey Station (the setting for 'We of the never never') and a look at the main characters associated with the station.
|17||AE Woodward||Three wigs and five hats . 1990|
An account of his many visits to the Territory, as Supreme Court Judge and as Chairman of numerous Royal Commissions, including the Land Rights Commission on which the NT Land Rights Act is based. The Fourth Eric Johnston Lecture, November, 1989.
|16||Harry Giese||Planning a program for Aborigines in the 1950s . 1990|
Planning and putting into effect the new policies in Aboriginal affairs in the NT during the Hasluck years.
|14||Eric Rolls||The erratic communication between Australia and China . 1990|
|13||Elsie Bohning and Barbara James (comp)||Elsie Bohning, the little bush maid . 1990|
A collection of letters written to the NT Times from 1921 to 1932. They describe life on an isolated cattle station in the NT.
|12||Ted Evans||Arnhem Land: a personal history . 1990|
A brief account by a former patrol officer of Arnhem Land and the Aborigines, concentrating on events after World War II.
|11||Graeme Bucknall||Pioneers of the old track: Oodnadatta - Alice Springs, 1870-1929 . 1990. |
History of the old Oodnadatta - Alice Springs road, and of the settlements and pastoral stations along it.
|10||Ella Stack||Aboriginal pharmacopoeia . 1989|
The story behind the last authentic native pharmacopoeia in the world, the Northern Territory government's bi-centennial project.
The third Eric Johnston Lecture, May 1988.
|9||Pearl Ogden||Katherine's earlier days . 1989|
The history of Katherine told through the sale/lease of town allotments.
|8||CMH Clark||Writing a history of Australia . 1989|
The pitfalls of attempting to write an unbiased history of Australia, and a plea for racial harmony.
The second Eric Johnston Lecture, July 1987.
|7||Jack Doolan||The founding of Maningrida. 1989|
The story of the original founding of the Arnhem Land Aboriginal settlement at Maningrida in 1949.
|6||D Sansome (comp)||Xavier Herbert: a bibliography . 1988|
|5||Eric Johnston||Operation navy help: disaster operations by the Royal Australian Navy post Cyclone Tracy . 1987.|
The first Eric Johnston Lecture, July 1986.
|4||Mike Foley||Point Charles lighthouse; and, The military occupation of Cox Peninsula . 1987.|
The building and the subsequent history of Point Charles Lighthouse on Cox Peninsula, and the history of the region during World War 2.
|3||Charles See-Kee||Chinese contribution to early Darwin. 1987. |
Looks at the Chinese influence in the Northern Territory.
|2||JP O'Loughlin||The history of the Catholic Church in the Northern Territory. 1986. |
By the late Bishop of the Northern Territory.
|1||Alan Powell||John Stokes and the men of the Beagle - discoverers of Port Darwin. 1986|
A brief look at the major figures on board the Beagle during her 1839 North Australian survey voyage, when Port Darwin was discovered and named.
Last updated: 19 January 2018