Ian Landon-Smith Trades Assistant Whites Open Cut

About us

THE CONCEPT FOR AN INTERPRETIVE MUSEUM RELATING TO BATCHELOR TOWN – Three happenings of European history dating back to 1911 each stand out as unique and important to Australia and so understated! Before that, the area contained Aboriginal lands of several different tribes;  some of those lands were utilized for a Commonwealth defined Aboriginal settlement.

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18 NEI Squadron on the prowl

WWII

BATCHELOR DURING THE WAR YEARS –   Cleared  as  a  civil  aerodrome  in  1933  on what  was  part  of  the  former  Batchelor  Farm   Darwin, Batchelor  Aerodrome  became  an  important  base  for  Allied  Air  operations   during   the   war  years  from  late  1941.    The  ‘drome  became  a  RAAF  base  on   3rd July 1941  and on  22nd  December 

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Indigenous Background

Indigenous Background

ABORIGINAL HERITAGE – The Aboriginal tribes in the immediate area of the Batchelor farm, and subsequent Batchelor township, were Warrai and Kungarakany tribes. As Europeans moved into the area with the development of the Old Telegraph Line, and then the railway and mining, traditional aboriginal people married people of other nationalities. Thus many families which

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Mining Uranium

Mining

RUM JUNGLE URANIUM MINING & BATCHELOR TOWNSHIP –   In 1944 the British Government requested its Australian counterpart to search for uranium as they wanted to develop it for peaceful purposes such as power generation. The search was announced in 1948 and a coloured pamphlet produced by the Bureau of Mineral Resources.

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Men. Federal Parliamentary Party Visit 1912 Collection. Northern Territory Library

Farm

BATCHELOR DEMONSTRATION FARM –   When  the Commonwealth took control of  the  Northern Territory  in 1911 the authorities  were determined to make  a  full  investigation of  the  economic potential  of  the country before  deciding on a policy  for  developing  the region. One of  the first experts appointed to do a survey of  the Territory

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Batchelor Museum

Update 2011

WHERE WE ARE IN 2011 LEADING UP TO THE OPENING IN 2012   Volunteers have tidied the overgrown  grounds with more work to do.  Volunteers have also cleaned the  rooms  of  the  two buildings  which  have  been subject  to  squatters  and  people  who  have  removed many  fittings  obviously  for  re-use  in  their own  building. The  […]

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