This book was produced by the National Archives of Australia to commemorate the centenary of the acquisition of the Northern Territory by the Comonwealth 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. Ted's other interests include reading and learning to play the harp.