Image 5: Senator George Pearce, Commonwealth Minister for Home and Territories from 1921 to 1926, was responsible for the Northern Territory.
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3 George Pearce and Development of the North, 1921–37
In December 1921 Senator George Foster Pearce was appointed Minister responsible for the Northern Territory. His concerns over the threat of the 'empty north' and his desire to ensure the Territory's development led him to instigate two major innovations over the next decade. The first was to divide the Territory into two administrative regions with an independent commission managing the northern part. The second, and more radical, proposal was that the administration of the northern half of the Territory be handed over to a chartered company.