Northern Territory WWII Exhibition

This online exhibition showcases some of the Library's rich holdings relating to the devastation and destruction inflicted on the Northern Territory during the Second World War, especially during the bombing of Darwin in 1942. 

Please also see the Roll of Honour Online Exhibition which focuses on the people who died on 19 February 1942; we have tried to put a face to the names and to tell their story.

World War II Factsheets
NT Library Heritage Items
Army News factsheet
  • Army News, 19 February 1942
    pdf 207Kb)

    Front page article 'Fall of Singapore: What it means to us'
Army News Full text of front page article
(pdf 2Mb)
Government Report factsheet
  • 'Commission of Inquiry concerning the circumstances connected with the attack made by Japanese aircraft at Darwin on 19th February, 1942.'
    (pdf 162K b)

    Report by Mr Justice Lowe, Commissioner.
Government Report Full text of Commissioner Lowe's Report
(pdf 14.6Mb)
Map of Darwin factsheet
  • 'The Early War Years: City of Darwin 1942-43'
    (pdf 2Mb)
Map of Darwin Map of Darwin 1942-43
(pdf 298Kb)
Diary factsheet
  • 'Rough diary air raids on Port Darwin and intermediate alerts'
    (pdf 192Kb)

    Unpublished diary of Thomas James Burstow
Rough Diary Full text of the Rough diary
(pdf 2Mb)
Music factsheet
  • 'Dry those little tears and smile again' also known as 'The Darwin Melody'
    (pdf 149Kb)

    Musical score, 1942
 Darwin Melody  Full text of Song lyrics (pdf 963Kb)
Christ Church factsheet
  • Christ Church Cathedral
    (pdf 197Kb)

    Watercolour by Bruce Maher (facsimile)
    Photograph from Ron Urquhart Collection

World War II Photographic Collection
NT Library Selected WWII Photographs
bombing factsheet
Darwin Bombing selected photographs

soldiers factsheet
Australian Soldier selected photographs
servicemen factsheet
Australian Servicemen selected photographs
 549 squadron factsheet
549 Squadron selected photographs
 Hospital Ship Manunda factsheet
Hospital Ship Manunda selected photographs