Northern Territory Archives Service

The NT Archives Service fulfils the dual role of providing cultural services to the community and administrative services to the Government. In this respect, the functions of the NT Archives Service include preservation of government and community archives, provision of public access to archives collections and the provision of records management policy, standards and advice relating to appraisal, disposal and the management of permanent records.


Archives Navigator, the online access point to the Northern Territory Archives Service (NTAS) Archives Management System is now available. Visit Archives Navigator introduction page for more information.

News & Features

Anniversary of co-located archives

The staff at the Northern Territory Archives Centre celebrated the first anniversary of the co-location of the Northern Territory Archives Service and the National Archives of Australia on Thursday 17th July 2014.

Joanne and Emma cutting the cake The past twelve months have been very busy for the team, seeing approximately 39,600 NT Archives boxes of records placed in their new locations within refurbished Archives building; the settling in of staff; the setting up of the shared reference service and Reading Room; and the recommencement of transfers from government agencies.

We hosted an official opening of the Northern Territory Archives Centre on 11 November 2013, and a Public Open Day on the 5 April 2014, as well as providing numerous talks and tours to introduce our facility and services to the community. In the last twelve months we have seen many hundreds of researchers, those new to archives and those familiar with our services, visit us to access the collections of both archives in this purpose built, functional and comfortable Northern Territory Archives Centre.  

We look forward to the next twelve months and beyond!

Joanne from National Archives of Australia (left) and Emma from Northern Territory Archives Service (right) cutting the cake to celebrate the 1st anniversary of co-location at the Northern Territory Archives Centre

Northern Territory History Grants awarded

A total of $57,000 has been awarded by the Northern Territory Government to recipients of the 2013 Northern Territory History Grants. Congratulations are extended to all recipients. Details of the recipients and their research projects are shown on the Northern Territory History Grants Awarded page.

The Northern Territory History Grants encourage and support original research about Northern Territory history. Preference is given to applications covering topics which haven't been researched before or that propose a new approach.

Applications for the 2014 Northern Territory History Grants are expected to open in October 2014. Further information and guidelines are available on our website.   

Images of Darwin Harbour

Aerial view of Darwin Harbour 1965

Dive in to discover the swimming baths in Darwin Harbour and cruise through the images of ships.

A new selection of images is now available on our website. This selection focuses on swimming baths and shipping in Darwin Harbour. Excerpts from oral history interviews tell the stories about swimming in the harbour and arriving in Darwin by ship. Included are a swimming carnival programme and a dinner menu from the MV Koolama's 1942 New Year voyage.

View the Images of Darwin Harbour.

Records Disposal Freeze for Records relevant to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The NT Archives Service and the NT Records Service have issued a records disposal freeze to protect records that may be relevant to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. All documents which may be relevant to the Royal Commission investigations must not be destroyed by NT public sector organisations.For further information regarding the freeze please see the attachedNotice of Records Disposal Freeze relating to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.