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Group of people looking at military displays at the Darwin Military Museum


From Aboriginal art and culture through to European settlement and World War II, life in the Northern Territory is a rich and unique story.

The history of the Northern Territory is fascinating. Not only are we the home of the longest continuous living culture in the world, we’ve also been the centre of nation building projects like the Overland Telegraph Station, the first mainland Australian target of the Japanese in World War II and where one of the most destructive cyclones in Australia’s history took hold.

Outside of those major events, there are thousands of stories of Territorians beating the odds. Pastoralists, pioneers, artists, athletes, social activists and regular people just doing their jobs have made the Territory what it is today.

There’s history all up and down the track for you to explore and see just what the Territory’s made of.