Northern Territory in History

Northern Territory: Darwin

Historical Events

Historic Expedition

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

  • 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

  • 1973-06-12 Darryl White, Australian rules footballer (Brisbane Bears), born in Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia