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spinifex-is-greenBook Launch

The Spinifex is Green: Memoirs of a Bush Surveyor in the Northern Territory of Australia 1952 - 1996 by Earl James AM

5:15pm Thursday 4 June
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

This is the story of a surveyor who spent most of his working life in the Territory and much of that in the bush. It is a personal account of a bush surveyor; the ups and downs, the anecdotes and reports. It also outlines the changing technology within the discipline over the past half century.

Earl James came to Darwin in late 1952 and took work as a survey cadet with the Lands and Survey Branch of the Northern Territory Administration where he stayed until 1968 having gained his qualifications as a Licensed Surveyor and risen to the rank of Senior Surveyor. He retired from professional practice in 1996 and still lives in Darwin where he continues to make a contribution to society working for the Museums & Art Galleries of the Northern Territory Foundation, the Order of Australia Association and the Historical Society of the Northern Territory.

Free event, open to the public.

Afternoon Workshop

Disability-Network-AustraliaLiving My Way Workshop

4:00pm Tuesday 9 June
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

First Peoples Disability Network is a national peak organisation with the aim of being a strong voice for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability. 'Living My Way' is a workshop which will provide information and advice about the disability sector, changes, reforms and ways to find out more.

Free event, open to the public. Booking essential – please email libraryevents.DoAM@nt.gov.au

Robert-IngpenLunchtime Talk

Robert Ingpen: Author and Illustrator

1:00pm Tuesday 30 June
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

Robert Ingpen is one of Australia's most successful illustrators and has written and/or illustrated more than 100 published books. In 1986 Robert became the only Australian to be awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Medal for Illustration, recognising "complete works which have made a lasting contribution to children's literature". Often called the "Little Nobel Prize", the Hans Christian Andersen Award is the highest international recognition given to an author and an illustrator of children's books.

Robert will give background to his commission to the design of the coat-of-arms and flag for the Northern Territory and his main activity in recent years illustrating a library of children's classic books culminating in September 2015 with Alice Through the Looking Glass. He will also talk about his recent work with the National Library of Australia in publishing books for children using the resources of the national archive. One of these books is Tea and Sugar Christmas which is shortlisted in the 2015 Children's Book Council of Australia Book Awards.

Free event, open to the public.


Albert BorellaBorella's War : the making of a legend

Monday 2 February – Sunday 31 May
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House 

Albert Borella came to the Northern Territory in 1913 to try his luck on the agricultural fields of the Daly River. Just over a year later he journeyed back to Darwin by foot, on horseback and finally by train, determined to enlist for service in the First World War.

Borella served at Gallipoli and on the Western Front with great distinction.  Showcasing  rare photographic material, this impressive exhibition locates Albert Borella's remarkable personal story within the broader story of Northern Territory development and the significant contribution made by Territorians to the First World War.

Albert Borella was the only Territorian to be awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest honour for valour in combat

Free event, open to the public.

Patsy Chulugu and Arthur Que Noy: Art and Stories

Exhibition: Tuesday 7 April – Sunday 5 July
Patsy Chulugu's paintingNorthern Territory Library, Parliament House

In their first major exhibition, Patsy Chulugu and Arthur Que Noy share their art and stories for their Daly River country in the Northern Territory. Patsy is a Brinkin woman who grew up on the Daly River. Arthur was born in Darwin and worked on the wharf for over 30 years. He was also a bushman and regularly visited the Daly River, looking after his country
as a Kamu Elder.

Patsy's evocative paintings tell stories about country and the animals that represent Dreamings and places.

Arthur passed away in August 2014 but was keen to tell the story of his peoples' struggles following the arrival of Europeans in the Daly River area. This exhibition is privileged to include one of Arthur's last paintings, 'The Massacre', about the massacre of Woolwonga (Kamu) people at the Daly River Copper Mine in 1884.

Free event, open to the public.

CPA Australia 50 Years in the Northern Territory - Honouring the Past and Celebrating our Future

CPA ExhibitionThursday 14 May – Thursday 2 June
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

In the 50 years since the NT Branch of CPA (Certified Practising Accountant) Australia was established, the Territory and accounting profession have changed dramatically.

This exhibition pays tribute to the members that established the NT Branch and continue to build the Territory economy, bringing them together to celebrate and share their stories.

Free event, open to the public.

Unfinished-BusinessUnfinished Business – stories from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with disability

Launch: 5:00pm Tuesday 9 June
Exhibition: Tuesday 9 June – Sunday 30 August
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

Mr Nathan Barrett MLA – Member for Blain (representing the Minister for Disability Services) invites you to the Australian launch of the Unfinished Business exhibition which reveals the visual stories of 30 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander persons with disability.  Through their involvement in the project each participant draws much-needed attention to critical issues that impact on their lives. Each participant's story is complex and intertwined with Australia's political and social history, which has resulted in today's high rates of disability in Aboriginal and Torres Strait communities.

Visit the Unfinished Business website for more information.

Please register for the launch event on 9 June 2015.

The exhibition is open to the public.

View a list of available Online Exhibitions


All  events will be held at the Northern Territory Library, Parliament House, unless otherwise specified.

For further enquiries and bookings, contact the library on (08) 8999 7177 or Freecall - 1800 019 155  or email ntl.info@nt.gov.au

The library reserves the right to cancel programs. Where possible, prior notice of cancellations will be given.