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The Society publishes a wide range of book monographs. Some of the more recent publications are shown below. Prices shown are for members. A full list of publications together with prices for members and non members may be obtained from the Secretary. Postage is added to the price of each book. Download an order form

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The Historical Society of the Northern Territory engages in an active publishing program. If you are interested in publishing in our Journal please contact the General Editor, Clayton Fredericksen, email clayton.fredericksen@cdu.edu.au.

Northern Territory Historical Studies

The journal publishes material on the history of the Northern Territory or on subjects which have some relevance to Northern Australia. The journal’s editorial committee welcomes the submission of articles, extracts from primary sources, book reviews, and notes on appropriate topics, which it can consider for publication. See: Information for Authors.


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Available from: Historical Society of the Northern Territory PO Box 40544 CASUARINA NT 0811

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Charles James Kirkland

Charles Kirkland arrived in Palmerston (Darwin) in 1878, less than a decade after the settlement’s establishment. Kirkland proved to be one of the NT’s most enduring and successful pioneers and was one of the best-known individuals in Palmerston/Darwin of his day. He had a long career as editor and owner of the Northern Territory Times and Gazette. He was also active in the social, civic and political life of the town and as a result became well-acquainted with all the major figures in the community.



The Spinifex is Green

Earl James' book is about his life as a bush surveyor in the Northern Territory from 1952 to 1996 and was wonderfully launched by the Hon Gary Nairn, former federal member and current Chairman of the Northern Territory Planning Commission. Earl's new book proved very popular with the 2nd print sold out.



Good Night All About: Reminiscence of Life in Darwin and the Northern Territory 1937-1946

Hilda Abbott arrived in Darwin in 1937 with her husband, CLA Abbott, ho was the Administrator. During their nine years in the Territory, Hilda was known as an energetic “First Lady”. She had previously worked for the Australian Red Cross in Cairo and she revived the Darwin branch. She was inspired by the Territory to record her memoirs as well as writing numerous articles about Territory life. In 1946, the Abbotts’ left Darwin and returned to NSW



Turning 40:The Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory 1974-2014

Since the 1930s, there have been efforts made for the Northern Territory to achieve full representative democracy. In 1978, those efforts paid off when self government was granted. The book highlights the Territory’s political excitement, controversy and its productivity. It covers the years since the Legislative Assembly held its first meeting in 1974 to the possibilities of Statehood



Darwin Defied: Records of my Family’s Struggle to Settle in Darwin 1948-1950

Using her father’s letters, diaries and photographs Rosemary Kennedy her parents history and life. Her book covers the huge challenges her parents had to overcome in early post war Darwin. It was at a time when military dominance was slowly giving way to the return of civilian society.