World War II fact sheets

This online exhibition showcases some of the library's rich holdings relating to the devastation and destruction inflicted on the Northern Territory during the Second World War, especially during the bombing of Darwin in 1942. 

You should also look at the Roll of Honour online exhibition, which focuses on the people who died on 19 February 1942. The NT Library has tried to put a fact to the names and tell their story.

World War II fact sheetsNT Library heritage items
Army News, 19 February 1942 (207.7 kb)Front page article 'Fall of Singapore: What it Means to us (1.9 mb)'
'Commission of Inquiry concerning the circumstances connected with the attack made by Japanese aircraft at Darwin on 19 February 1942 (162.1 kb)'
Report by Mr Justice Lowe, Commissioner
Full text of Commissioner Lowe's report.
'The Early War Years: City of Darwin 1942 to 1943 (2.0 mb)'Map of Darwin 1942 to 1943 (298.5 kb)
'Rough diary air raids on Port Darwin and intermediate alerts (192.4 kb)'
Unpublished diary of Thomas James Burstow
Full text of the rough diary (2.2 mb)
'Dry those little tears and smile again' also known as 'The Darwin Meloday' (149.1 kb)
Musical score, 1942
Full text of song lyrics (963.1 kb)
Christ Church Cathedral (197.1 kb)
Watercolour by Bruce Maher (facsimile)
Photograph from Ron Urquhart Collection

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Last updated: 28 November 2017