Territory Research Resources

Darwin City Council Libraries

Four public libraries are located in the metropolitan area – the two major Libraries are:

Casuarina Library – Bradshaw Tce Casuarina – telephone 89279655

City Library – Civic Centre Darwin  - telephone 89300563

Smaller Libraries are located at:-

Karama Library – Kalymnos Drive Karama – telephone 89272505

Nightcliff Library – Pavonia Place Nightcliff – telephone 89851682

City of Palmerston

Palmerston City Council Library – Palmerston – telephone 89359999

Humpty Doo

Taminmin Community Library – located within the grounds of the Taminmin High School – telephone 89881200

Regional Libraries – eg Nhulunbuy, Adelaide River, Jabiru, Pine Creek, Katherine, Alice Springs

All Council Libraries have a range of reference books available which would assist you in your research.  As well, there is access to computers and the internet.  If you find a book title you are interested in for your family research you may find it sitting on the shelf in your local library.  If the Library does not carry a book you are looking for you maybe able to borrow it on “inter-library loan” from another Library. 

From time to time Libraries run training sessions on a range of topics which could further assist you with your research.

Darwin Family History Centre (part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)-: corner of Trower and Sabine Roads, Nightcliff. Telephone 89 480 818 during Library hours.  

GSNT is an Affiliate FamilySearch Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, films/microfiche can be ordered on line to be viewed in our Library.  Their website world wide is www.familysearch.org   If you need help to order we can assist you - visit us during our Library during opening times of:-

Monday and Tuesday 9.30am to 5.15 and Saturday 1pm to 5.30

The Northern Territory Library - Parliament House - has a wealth of information in book/microfiche/film form. You can view copies of old interstate newspapers on microfilm. Reference material unavailable in the Northern Territory can be ordered from interstate on your behalf (interlibrary loans – there is no cost).

NT University Library - Casuarina Campus -: This Library also has considerable reference resources.  It has the added advantage that it is open from 1pm to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays. The hours alter during the Christmas/New Year and semester holidays. Anyone can use the reference section of this library, however you may not borrow material unless you have paid the membership fee, there is a small charge for photocopying.

National Archives of Australia (NAA) and the Northern Territory Archives (NTA) are co-located at the National Archives Kelsey Street Millner, the building is known as “The Northern Territory Archives Centre” - reference material available is available through the “Search Room”.  Please ring the Archives if you are planning to visit – they will then ensure what you are wanting to look at is available when you arrive.  Copies of a range of Fact Sheets covering many major topics are available. 

Office hours are Monday – Friday 9:00am-4:30pm. A shared reference service is open from Tuesday – Friday 9:00am-4:30pm.

Darwin Military Museum

The Darwin Military Museum was founded in the mid 1960s by Lieutenant Colonel Jack Haydon and members of the Northern Territory branch of the Royal Australian Artillery Association.

The Association, through its numerous contacts, soon started accumulating war memorabilia from all over the Territory. Since then, several notable local collectors have also contributed greatly to the museum’s exhibits.  The museum was Darwin's very first and is housed in the original concrete command post bunker, used by the army to command the two massive 9.2" guns nearby.

Address – 5434 Alec Fong Lim Drive East Point Darwin

Email: [email protected]

Opening Hours  - 9:30am - 5pm, 7 days a week.

Closed - Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday

Telephone 8981 9702

Adelaide River War Cemetery

Memorial Tce

Adelaide River NT 00846 – turn off Stuart Highway at Memorial Tce

Adelaide River Railway Museum

Dorat Road

Adelaide River NT 0846 – Turn off Stuart Highway at Dorat Road

Telephone  08 89 767 011

Pine Creek National Trust

Railway Terrace, Pine Creek, Northern Territory, 0847, Australia
Telephone 89 812 848

National Pioneer Women’s Hall of Fame

Old Alice Springs Gaol

2 Stuart Terrace

Alice Springs NT 0870

Telephone 89 529 006

Mbantua Cultural Museum

Todd Mall

Alice Springs NT 0870

Telephone 08 89 525 571

Adelaide House Museum

Off Todd Mall

Alice Springs 0870

Telephone 08 89 521 856

Araluen Cultural Precinct

Corner Larapinta and Memorial Drive

Alice Springs NT 0870

Telephone 08 89 511 120

Central Australia Aviation Museum

Cultural Precinct]

Corner Larapinta and Memorial Drive

Alice Springs NT 0870

Telephone 08 89 538 776

Alice Springs Telegraph Station Historical Reserve

Stuart Highway,

Reserve is about 4km north of Alice Springs Town Centre

Telephone 89 521 013

Fred McKay Museum

St Philip’s College

Schwarz Crescent

Alice Springs NT 0870

Telephone 89 504 511

Old Timers Traeger Museum

446 South Stuart Highway

Alice Springs  NT 0870

Telephone 89 555 348