National Trust Northern Territory Branches


Larrakeyah – Darwin

Afternoon Tea in the garden at Burnett House – serving starts 3.00pm to 5.00pm. The house is open for viewing from 10.00am.

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Katherine – Katherine Region

Volunteers and members are welcome to join the National Trust as this makes you a supporter of our efforts to conserve the unique heritage of the Northern Territory for future generations.


McDouall Stuart – Alice Springs

McDouall Stuart Branch activities

The National Trust has an office, maintained by volunteers, in the old Hartley Street School in Alice Springs. The museum is open Monday to Friday from 10.30 am until 2.30 pm. It’s closed December, January and February.

The branch holds its Annual General Meeting in August each year. Committee meetings are held in the Hartley Street School between 5 pm and 7 pm on the first Monday of each month. All members of the branch are welcome to attend these meetings.

There is also a bimonthly program of guest speakers, held on Sunday afternoons for members and the general public:  April, June, August and October.

For further information please call (08) 8952 4516

2013/2014 Committee

  • Chairman                                              Bill Low
  • Deputy Chairman                                Dave Leonard
  • Minutes Secretary                                David Hewitt
  • Treasurer                                                Loraine Braham
  • Communications                                  Carmel Leonard
  • Volunteer Coordinator                        Loraine Braham
  • Committee Member                              Larelle Halford
  • Committee Member                              Prue Crouch
  • Committee Member                              Steve Sawyer


Gulf – Borroloola

The Gulf Branch of the National Trust has been functioning in Borroloola since 1985, and has relied on local volunteers & interested persons to work on local historical / social projects, record history, and to maintain the Old Borroloola Police Station Museum.

The Gulf Branch has an Open Day once a year. This event has been held for the past couple of years over the May Day weekend, to keep in line with other Trust Branches in the Territory, and around Australia. This year marks the 28 th Anniversary of the opening of the Old Borroloola Police Station Museum.

The Gulf Branch is committed to keeping  the Old Borroloola Police Station Museum ( the oldest in the Territory ) maintained, and  the Branch is in the  process of getting quotes to source grants to have the building painted both internally and externally.

The Branch received an MRM  Community Benefit funding grant to refurbish the old welfare building and turn it into our new office. Over the past year members have continued to work on both the interior and exterior of this building, as well as cataloguing the branch’s collections of artefacts. Members are hoping to obtain another grant to complete the Display area,  enclosing it to make it weather proof, so a there will be a clean, safe venue for Public exhibitions in the Region.

Currently the Branch is developing a number of new exhibits to be launched in 2014.  We are also updating the Police display, and installing a new interpretation panel.

2014 will see the release of  a new publication of stories for sale, a collection of yarns and articles about people and events, documenting the influence of Borroloola or the Gulf region. These publications came about after listening to many tales over the years, and realising how important it is that we get them down on paper before they are lost: history is not just the past, but current events too – the history of tomorrow. Our local secondary  students at the Borroloola CEC have been visiting sites, especially Massacre  Hill, to understand the history and significance  of events in the past, and the effects of these events on our lives today. Students are hoping to create a film recording their interpretation and understanding of the Massacre Hill site, which will be then part of the Gulf Collection.  

A second publication that members are looking forward to the release of is a joint project with NT Genealogical Society, of Gulf and Borroloola Graves.

There are a number of other projects that the Branch hopes to complete in 2014,  such as recording the graves in the Borroloola Gulf and Barkly region, and ensuring that all graves at the Borroloola Cemetery are marked appropriately, including the identification of isolated graves.   This work is undertaken jointly with NT Genealogical Society, the local community, and the Roper Gulf Shire.

We are also updating the Indigenous display at the Old Police Station, through assistance with local people and co-ordination with the Waralungku Art Centre Director and local Trust member.

The first event for the 2014  year will be a meeting and working bee, to be held in mid to late  January, pending weather conditions.

18th April is the date for the 2014 Heritage Festival and the 2014 theme is ‘Journeys’ – an apt title for the Gulf Region.

The Museum is open for the Tourist season – pending weather – from mid March, 8.00am-5.00pm. At other times keys are available from local businesses around the town.

Entry fee is $5 per adult and there is no cost for children under 12 or Trust members.

Note: Please contact the Secretary to find the date of the next meeting:

PO Box 460

Borroloola NT 0854