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National Archives of Australia, Northern Territory Office


Street address
Reading Room: Kelsey Crescent, Millner NT
Postal address
PO Box 24, Nightcliff NT 0810
(08) 8948-4622
(08) 8948-0276
Enquiries to
Information Services Officer


Officer in charge
Hours & facilities
Appointments should be made to use the Reading Room (Wed-Fri, 9:00am to 4:30pm only). A refreshment room is available.
A closed period of 30 years applies to most records. Official research may be carried out by authorised departmental officers. A reader's ticket is issued to all researchers who wish to request material.
Acquisition focus
The National Archives of Australia holds a fascinating array of material, one of the most important collections of documentary heritage in the country. The Archives is the official repository for Commonwealth Government records and the personal papers of people with close links to the Commonwealth, such as federal politicians and senior public servants.

The Archives preserves valuable records created by Commonwealth departments and makes them accessible to present and future generations. Nationally, it stores hundreds of thousands of records, mainly files, but also film and photographs, magnetic tapes, maps and artefacts. The Archives Act 1983 allows access to Commonwealth records generally once they are thirty years old.

7,234 m.
Major holdings
  • The National Archives of Australia holds records covering all facets of Commonwealth Government activity since Federation in 1901, as well as some earlier records for activities that were transferred from the colonies to the Commonwealth Government.

    As the Commonwealth administered the Northern Territory until self-government in 1978, the Northern Territory Office of the Archives holds many records relating to NT Administration. Among these are many records relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and these are of particular value in tracing family linkages. Other records of interest relate to land tenure, health, housing, education and welfare matters.

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Last updated: Oct. 11, 2010