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Commonwealth Government Records about the Northern Territory


Many people have assisted with the researching, writing and publication of this guide, and they all deserve a special vote of thanks:

  • Staff at the National Archives of Australia's Darwin Office: Phyllis Williams, Alan Davis and Melanie Macauley.
  • Staff at the Northern Territory Archives Service, Darwin: Francoise Barr.
  • Staff at the National Archives of Australia's Canberra Office: Angela McAdam, Anne McLean, Zoe D'Arcy, Hilary Rowell, Denis Connor, Pat Kuhn, Dave Wilson, Kerry Jeffrey and Carolyn Connor.

Peter Scott, a former Director of the National Archives' Sydney Office, provided detailed notes on government agencies responsible for the administration of the Northern Territory.

Some information included in the first two chapters of the guide has been taken from an unpublished manuscript about rural land records in the Northern Territory compiled by Vern O'Brien, a former Northern Territory Director of Lands, in 1999. This guide acknowledges Mr O'Brien's work and thanks him for his contribution.

Emeritus Professor David Carment AM, Emeritus Professor Alan Powell and former Archives staff member Lorna Habermann all read the draft manuscript and provided a range of very valuable suggestions. Their contribution is gratefully acknowledged.

Dr Andrew Tupper, Regional Director of the Bureau of Meteorology's Darwin Office, reviewed the chapter on Cyclone Tracy and provided a number of corrections and suggestions.