Eric Johnston Lecture

The Eric Johnston Lecture is an annual lecture hosted by the Northern Territory Library that addresses a theme relating to the Territory’s history and development. 

It was first delivered in 1986 by then Administrator Commodore Eric Johnston, who supported it for many years and after whom it is now named.

Previous lectures

YearSpeaker and lecture
2015Mr Andy Bruyn AM, General Manager of Territory television
'Growing pains - The Territory's Teenage Years'
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2014Professor Andrew Campbell
'Myths, Dreams and Stories: Alternative Tracks for Northern Australian Development'
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2013Mr Bob Beadman, Northern Territory's first Coordinator-General for Remote Services
'Poor Fellow My Country: Indigenous Policy - 50 Years of Progress?'
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2012Dr Mickey Dewar, prominent Darwin historian
'Finding a Past We Can Live With - Some of the Challenges of Writing Public History in the Remembering Territory Families Exhibition'
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2011Mr Tom Pauling AO QC
'Now I'm Free to Speak'
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2010Banduk Marika, contemporary female artist of Eastern Arnhem Land
'Land Management and Cultural Responsibility'
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2009Clare Martin, former Northern Territory Chief Minister
'Reflections on Being in Government 2001 to 2007'
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2008Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice and Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission
'A Human Rights Agenda for the Northern Territory'
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2007The Honourable Austin Asche AC QC, former Administrator of the Northern Territory 1993 to 1997
'When We Were South Australian'
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2006Judy Nunn, author and actress
'Territory'
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2005Marilynne Paspaley, film and television actress and businesswoman
'Finding the Spirit of Darwin'
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2004Bill Bunbury, author
'Cyclone Tracy - an ILL Wind?'
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2003Associate Professor Martin W B Jarvis, Artistic Director/Conductor of the Darwin Symphony Orchestra
'Under the Stars in Tropical Vienna'
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2002No lecture
2001Terry Underwood, author, photographer, cattlewoman and ambassador of the Northern Territory
'Nowhere to Somewhere'
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2000His Honour Mr John Anictomatis OAM, former Administrator of the Northern Territory 2000 to 2003
'A Home Away from Home - the Aegean to Australia'
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1999Bob Collins, former member of the Australian Senate, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, and Leader of the Territory Opposition
'Learning Lessons - Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory'
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1998Ted Egan, former Administrator of the Northern Territory, singer/songwriter and author
'Makarrta - Caledon Bay and Woodah Island Killings of 1932 to 1933'
1997Goff Letts, founder of the Country Liberal Party and former member of the Northern Territory Legislative Council
'The Great Banteng Muster: The Cobourg Expeditions 1960 to 1963'
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1996Mandawuy Yunupingu, Australian of the Year 1992
'New Love Song for an Old Land'
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1995Roslyn Poignant, anthropologist, author and photographer
'Lost Conversations, Recovered Archives'
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1994Miriam-Rose Baumann, Principal at the St Francis Xavier School, Daly River
'Aboriginal Education'
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1993Professor D J Mulvaney, pre-historian, archaeologist and academic
'The Search for Collet Barker of Raffles Bay'
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1992Dr John Hargrave, a leprosy specialist who practised in the NT from the 1950s onwards
'The Best of Both Worlds: Aboriginal Health, Then and Now'
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1991Sir Paul Hasluck, historian, poet, 17th Governor-General of Australia 1969 to 1974
'Pioneers of Post War Recovery'
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1990R G Kimber, author
'The End of the Bad Old Days: European Settlement in Central Australia, 1871 to 1894'
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1989Sir Edward Woodward, Leading counsel for Yirrkala people, in Australia's first major Aboriginal land rights case from 1968 to 1971
'Three Wigs and Five Hats'
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1988Dr Ella Stack, Darwin City Council's first female Lord Mayor
'Aboriginal Pharmacopoeia'
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1987Professor Charles Manning Clark, historian and author of 'A History of Australia'
'Writing a History of Australia'
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1986Commodore Eric Johnston, former Administrator of the Northern Territory 1981 to 1989
'Operation Navy Help: Disaster Operations by the Royal Australian Navy, Post-Cyclone Tracy'
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Last updated: 09 September 2016