Please submit your stories, images, video and audio to be shared and preserved for future generations via the Remembering Territory Families submission form.
* Please note that there is a file upload limit of 20Mb.
If you experience any problems when uploading your material, please contact TerritoryStories.NTL@nt.gov.au.
Writing your own Family History
Everyone has a story to tell about themselves, their family and the place where they live. You might be interested in recording or discovering your own family history.
There are a number of places you can go to in the Northern Territory that can assist you in finding more about your family and how to find out your own family history.
The Northern Territory Library, Northern Territory Archives Service and Northern Territory Writers Centre periodically run workshops throughout the Territory that assist people in writing, researching or publishing their own family history.
In addition, they administer a number of Northern Territory government grants that provide assistance for further research in this area including the Literary Awards, Chief Minister’s History Book Award and Northern Territory History Awards. Check the websites for further details.
Northern Territory Library
The Northern Territory Library has an extensive collection of newspapers, archives, clippings, recordings and films, as well as the special Northern Territory Collection of published and unpublished material relating to this area.
The Northern Territory Library also has a number of online catalogues to assist with researching your family tree. These resources include convict and settler records and immigration and shipping records. PictureNT, a valuable searchable database of the photographic collection can also be accessed.
The Northern Territory Library is located in the Parliament House building, Bennett Street Darwin. Interstate inquiries:
Tel: (08) 8999 7177
Freecall: 1800 019 155
In addition there are a number of community and public libraries located throughout the Northern Territory staffed by qualified librarians who can assist you in any reference inquiries.
Northern Territory Archives Service
The Northern Territory Archives Service holds an extensive collection of government files and personal archives including photographs, documents, as well as published and unpublished material relating to this area.
In addition, visitors to the Archives can access a searchable database of keyword listings for the transcripts of interviews.
25 Cavenagh Street Darwin NT 0800 GPO Box 874 Darwin NT 0801
Telephone: (08) 8924 7677
Fax: (08) 8924 7660
58 Hartley St Alice Springs NT 0870 PO Box 8225 Alice Springs NT 0871
Tel: (08) 8951 5669
Fax: (08) 8951 5232
Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory
Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory
P.O. Box 37212 Winnellie NT 0821 Australia
Tel: (08) 89817363
Fax: (08) 89817383
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
National Archives of Australia Northern Territory
National Archives of Australia family history factsheets.
Kelsey Crescent Millner NT 0810; PO Box 24 Nightcliff NT 0814
Tel: (08) 8985 0300
Fax: (08) 8985 0399
The Darwin office is located in Kelsey Crescent in Millner.
Tel: (08) 89850300
Fax: (08) 89850399
Freecall: 1300 886 881
The Bringing Them Home Name Index
The Bringing Them Home Name Index (BTH) was created as part of the recommendations from the National Inquiry into the Separation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders Children from Their Families. This index was complied from NAA records and is an index of names of Indigenous people, non-Indigenous people related to or associated with Indigenous, missions and institutions where people where placed, and places where Indigenous people have lived or visited.
How do you search the BTH Index? Members of the public do not have access to the BTH index. Searches of the index are conducted by NAA staff. An ‘Application for Release of Personal Information in Commonwealth Records’ form needs to be submitted to the NAA for staff to conduct research and provide information or access to files. The NAA will check with a relevant link-up service to confirm that the applicant is related to the individuals whose information is being sort. If the link-up service cannot confirm the applicants’ identity, the applicant will need to provide a statuary declaration verifying their identity.
Historical Society of the Northern Territory
Historical Society of the Northern Territory, PO Box 40544 Casuarina Northern Territory Australia 0811
There is also an Historical Society of Katherine, PO Box 93, Katherine NT 0851, firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, there are a number of smaller organizations operating in the town centres dedicated to the preservation of local history. Although resources are limited and staffed by volunteers, they usually welcome inquiries from family historians.
National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory)
National Trust of Australia (Northern Territory), Myilly Point Heritage Precinct, GPO Box 3520, Darwin, NT, 0801, 2 Kahlin Avenue, Larrakeyah, 0800 Telephone: (08) 89812848 Facsimile: (08) 89812379 Email: email@example.com
The Northern Territory Writers Centre
The Northern Territory Writers Centre, 56 McMinn St Darwin NT 0800, (08) 8941 2651
In addition, there are a number of specialist historical societies and interest groups who would be happy to assist with your inquiry in the areas of police history, military, aviation, World War II, nursing, women’s history and others.
Top End Northern Territory Stolen Generations Aboriginal Corporation
Unit 2/5 Goyder Road, Parap
PO Box 822, Parap NT 0804
Tel: 08 89817900
Fax: 08 89817933
Central Australian Stolen Generations and Families Aboriginal Corporation
Level 1 Centrepoint Building 54 Hartley Street, Alice Springs
Tel: 08 89533899
Toll free: 1800469109
Please Note: Link Up Services assist with locating family members for members of the stolen generation and their descendants, they do not assist with researching your family history.