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

 All Council Libraries have a range of reference books available that 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 may be able to borrow it on “inter-library loan” from another Library. 

From time to time Libraries run training sessions on a range of topics that 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 Road
Nightcliff. NT

Telephone 89 480 818 during Library hours.

GSNT is an Affiliate FamilySearch Centre of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
There may be some FamilySearch Historical Records collections that may not be available. Learn more about affiliate libraries in this blog article.

How to find digital images on FamilySearch 
Digital image collections can be accessed in 3 places on FamilySearch.org, all under Search.

Catalog.  Includes a description of all the microfilms and digital images in the FamilySearch collection.  This is where all of FamilySearch’s digitized microfilm and new digital images from its global camera operations are being published.  A camera icon appears in the Catalog adjacent to a microfilm listing when it is available.

Records.  Includes collections that have been indexed by name or published with additional waypoints to help browse the unindexed images.

Books.  Include digital copies of books from the Family History Library and other libraries, including many books that were previously copied to microfilm.

Where is the Catalog found?
The FamilySearch Catalog is available on the internet at the www.FamilySearch.org splash page under the Search tab.

The FamilySearch Catalog has been made available via OCLC WorldCat since 2014.  OCLC WorldCat is an online union catalog of over 2 billion titles at 72,000 libraries in 172 countries and territories.  Although it is the world’s largest bibliographic database for materials held around the world, OCLC WorldCat does not list sources housed in repositories outside of their consortium. 

  • 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) 

Both 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 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 NT 0847, Australia
Telephone 89 812 848

  • NORTHERN TERRITORY ARCHIVE SERVICE – Alice Springs

Location
Northern Territory Archives Service

Minerals House
58 Hartley Street
Alice Springs NT 0870

Mail
Northern Territory Archives Service

PO Box 8225
Alice Springs NT 0871

Phone 
08 8951 5669

Opening Hours
Office hours Monday to Friday 8.00am to 4.30pm

The reading room is open Monday to Friday 9.00am to noon and 1.00pm to 4.30pm, closed Mondays and public holidays.

Getting there
Minerals House is located between Gregory Terrace and Stott Ter
race on Hartley Street, 150 metres away from the Yeperenye Shopping Centre.

  • 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

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