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.

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The Foundation of Darwin
Diary of Goyder survey party of 1869First page of Goyder's diary

A diary of George Woodroffe Goyder, leader of the survey party which arrived in Port Darwin in February 1869, has recently been transferred to the Northern Territory Archives Service.

Goyder and his survey team arrived on the ship Moonta on the 5th of February 1869 and set up camp at Fort Hill.  This diary covers the period from 5 February to 1 March 1869 and provides a daily log of activities, information about the health of the party, livestock and descriptions of the land.

To access a copy of the diary and more information about the survey and initial settlement of the Darwin area, read Stories from the Archives.

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