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.


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NAIDOC Week Lecture 2015

Ms Lorraine Williams presented the annual NAIDOC Week Lecture for 2015 at the Northern Territory Archives Centre on Wednesday 8 July 2015.

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2015 was We all Stand on Sacred Ground: Learn, Respect and Celebrate, highlighting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' strong spiritual and cultural connection to land and sea. The theme provided an opportunity to promote awareness and pay respect to country, and to honour those who work tirelessly on preserving land, sea and culture and to share the stories of many sites of significance or sacred places with the nation (see for further details). This year's lecture tied well, into that theme.

Lorraine Williams at lecturn, talking to the audienceMs Williams is a Larrakia woman, who has worked extensively on Larrakia Country, as a Heritage Monitor and with many archaeologists, around the Darwin Harbour region. She has co-authored many publications about ethnobotany in the Darwin area and surrounding country. She has worked with the Larrakia Rangers Program.

In her presentation, Lorraine shared the stories of her work in archaeology, enthralling the audience with discoveries that reveal the long history of Larrakia occupation in the Darwin area, from the shell middens, spear points, edge ground axes and other important objects and sites.

"The most exciting aspect of archaeological work is not knowing all the answers and over time learning and rediscovering how our people used the land." (Lorraine Williams 2015)

Four women examining shell and midden artefactsMs Julie Mastin, Ms Michelle Adler, Ms Jan Allen and Ms Kathryn Bannister, inspecting the range of important objects and artefacts collected and made available by Ms Williams

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