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Literary award logo2015 Northern Territory Literary Awards Open

The Northern Territory Library is now accepting entries for the 2015 Northern Territory Literary Awards.

We are proud to act as custodian of these awards which acknowledge written works of outstanding literary merit and reward the achievements of Northern Territory writers. 

The Awards offer Northern Territory residents the opportunity to win generous cash prizes and gain valuable exposure for themselves and their literary works.

Albert BorellaLunchtime Talk

Borella Floor Talk by Dr Mickey Dewar

12:30 pm Thursday 23 April
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House 

Dr Mickey Dewar, Heritage Coordinator at the Northern Territory Library, will present a floor talk about the library's current exhibition Borella's War: the making of a Legend. Walk with Dr Dewar as she discusses the curatorial challenges and opportunities in uncovering and telling the story of Albert Borella, his life in the Northern Territory and his actions during the First World War for which he was awarded the highest of all military honours, the Victoria Cross. Dr Dewar's passion for history and story-telling ensures that this is an event not to be missed.

Free event, open to public.

National Trust NTEvening Talk

From War Service to Reconciliation by Fred Chaney AO
Barbara James Memorial Lecture - National Trust Northern Territory

5:15 pm Friday 17 April
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

Fred Chaney AO was born in Perth in 1941. Graduating as a lawyer in 1962 he worked particularly in the mining sector whilst volunteering with the Aboriginal Legal Service. Mr Chaney served as a Senator and has held Ministerial positions. Upon his retirement he was appointed Chancellor of Murdoch University.
Mr Chaney's extensive community service was recognized in 1997 with an Order of Australia for service to the Parliament and to the Aboriginal Community. In 2014 he was made Senior Australian of the Year.

Mr Chaney's lecture is about the lives of Aboriginal people, relationships with Government, and reconciliation.
Free event, open to public.

Orb Insights and InspirationsBook Launch

Orb Insights and Inspirations: A Wonderland of Possibilities by Lexene Burns

2:00 pm Saturday 18 April
Northern Territory Library, Parliament House

Northern Territory Library, Parliament House Lexene Burns' book describes orbs in photography and gives us insight into how Lexene's journey through orb photography progressed. She has taken tens of thousands of orb photographs and has chosen some of her best to include in this book.

Free event, open to 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's paintingPatsy Chulugu and Arthur Que Noy: Art and Stories

Exhibition: Tuesday 7 April – Friday 26 June
Northern 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.

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.