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Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory


Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory

Ted Ling

Published by the National Archives of Australia


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This guide is number 22 in the series of Research Guides published by the National Archives.

This book was produced by the National Archives of Australia to commemorate the centenary of the acquisition of the Northern Territory by the Commonwealth Government in 1911. The Territory was administered by the Commonwealth until 1978, when it was granted self-government.

Ted Ling highlights the unique and rich history of the Territory and explores it through Commonwealth Government records. He makes extensive references to the records held by the National Archives in Canberra and Darwin, and to those in the Northern Territory Archives Service.

Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory is an essential reference for anyone interested in the administrative history of the Northern Territory during the Commonwealth era.

Ted Ling worked at the National Archives for 31 years in a variety of positions, both in Canberra and a number of State Offices. He worked in reference and access services, as well as managing archives buildings. He was Director of the Archives' Darwin Office for three years. Following his retirement in 2006, he completed a PhD on the Northern Territory's pastoral industry during the Commonwealth era at Charles Darwin University. He is author of the National Archives publication Solid, Safe, Secure: Building Archives Repositories in Australia.

Guides include the material known to be relevant to their subject area but they are not necessarily a complete or definitive guide to all relevant material in the collection.

The National Archives reviews its collection to confirm the value of records for research, evidential and other purposes or to identify, in consultation with agencies, records for destruction. At the time of publication, all the National Archives' records described in this guide were present in the National Archives' collection. Subsequent to release of this publication, it is possible that some of the records may be destroyed if they are reviewed and considered not to be of enduring value.

National Library of Australia Cataloguing-in-Publication entry (electronic document)
Author: Ling, Ted.
Title Commonwealth government records about the Northern Territory / Ted Ling.
ISBN: 9781920807870 (electronic)
Series: Research guide (National Archives of Australia); no. 22.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references and index.
Subjects: Includes bibliographical references and index. National Archives of Australia--Catalogs.
Public records--Northern Territory--Bibliography--Catalogs.
Public records--Australia--Bibliography--Catalogs.
Northern Territory--History--Sources--Bibliography--Catalogs.
Northern Territory Archives Service--Catalogs
Other Authors/Contributors: National Archives of Australia.
Dewey Number: 352.38709929016
Project Manager: Angela McAdam
Editors: Denis Connor and Penny Hanley
Designer: Dave Wilson
Manuscript review: Emeritus Professor David Carment AM, Emeritus Professor Alan Powell and Lorna Habermann
Images: National Archives Imaging Services and digitisation staff in Canberra, Darwin and Sydney
Other contributors: Anne McLean, Hilary Rowell, Phyllis Williams, Kerry Jeffrey and Carolyn Connor
HTMLversion: Phil Brown, Wilton Hanford Hanover

This guide contains images of people who are now deceased.

Alternate formats

This Research Guide is also available in the following format:

Research Guide 22 - Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory (Portable Document Format (.pdf) 6,104 KB)

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