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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Northern Territory History Grants Awarded

Congratulations are extended to recipients of 2015 Northern Territory History Grants.  A total of $60,000 has been awarded in Grants by the Northern Territory Government to the following recipients:

Amanda McMillan: $3,000 The impact of art education from Batchelor Institute over the last 25 years in the central desert communities
Caddie Brain: $3,700 Filling in the blanks - the NT history Wikipedia Project
Darwin Military Museum: $3,000 Judgement in Darwin – Japanese War Criminal Trials in Darwin 1946
Desart Inc.: $7,000 Desart: 25 years of Art Centres in Central Australia
Don Christophersen: $4,650 History of colonial settlement and industries of the Coburg Peninsular from 1827, an Indigenous perspective
Emma Ligtermoet: $3,400 Marginalised people and practices: sustaining freshwater customary harvesting in floodplain country of the Northern Territory in changing climes
Garry Gallagher: $3,000 Living Ghosts: ‘Bring them back to life’, Bombing of Darwin connected personal histories
Jane Hampson: $7,000 The Lady from the Sea: drama series for television
Aviation Historical Society of the NT: $4,000 World War II Airfield, Squadron and Unit locations in the Top End: booklet and map
Langani Marika: $5,000 The life story of Langani Marika: an oral history
Linda Ford: $7,000 A history of Aboriginal land use of the Delissaville, Wagait, Larrakia Aboriginal Land Trust
Linda Rive: $2,500 Daughter of a stony land - Kanakiyaku Tjukurpa: the life and times of Kanakiya Myra Taylor Ah Chee
Robyn Smith: $4,500 Quincy and Sandfly: children’s book about the North Australia Railway
Steve Farram: $2,250 Charles James Kirkland: The life and times of a pioneer newspaperman in the Top End of Australia

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 2016 Northern Territory History Grants will open later in 2016. Further information and guidelines are available on our website.

Government records transferred to the Archives

In October the Archives received over 530 boxes of records from government agencies, comprising 135 shelf metres. In addition to the boxed records, the Archives has received an estimated 30,000 maps and plans.

The archived records are files which are a record of government business, policies and decisions.

Since July the Archives has received over 236 shelf metres of records from Department of Health, Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and Department of Lands, Planning and Environment.

The Archives has also received many registers, survey plans and aerial photographs from the Department of Lands, Planning and Environment.

The records from agencies will be kept permanently in the Archives and in the future will be made available for research in our Reading Room.

[Left] Patrick and Janis from Iron Mountain unloading boxes from the vehicle at the loading bay with Louise from NTAS assisting

[Right] Placing the boxes onto the shelf in the repository

Patrick and Janis from Iron Mountain unloading boxes from the vehicle at the loading bay with Louise from NTAS assistingPlacing the boxes onto the shelf in the repository

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