Northern Territory in History

Northern Territory: Darwin

Historical Events


Event of interestEvent of Interest

1844-10-01 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt departs Jimbour, the farthest outpost of settlement on the Queensland Darling Downs, to begin his exploration of Australia's Northern Territory from Moreton Bay to Port Essington

Explorer and Naturalist Ludwig Leichhardt
Explorer and Naturalist
Ludwig Leichhardt
  • 1845-12-17 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Port Essington after a nearly 4,800 km (3,000 mi) overland journey to explore Australia's Northern Territory
  • 1846-03-25 German explorer Ludwig Leichhardt arrives in Sydney to a hero's welcome after completing his exploration of Australia's Northern Territory
  • 1863-07-06 Northern Territory passes from New South Wales to South Australia
  • 1911-01-01 South Australia transfers Northern Territory to federal government
  • 1920-11-16 Australia's Qantas airways founded in Winton, Queensland as Queensland and Northern Territory Aerial Services Limited
  • 1978-07-01 Northern Territory of Australia becomes self-governing
  • 2002-05-14 Ten members of the Darwin-based Network Against Prohibition invade the Legislative Assembly of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Famous Birthdays

  • 1968-08-26 Gavin Stratfold, Darwin NT, Australian golfer