Heritage Register: proposed declarations

The Northern Territory Heritage Register has information about declared heritage places and objects and those subject to provisional protection under the Heritage Act 2011.

Go to the Northern Territory Government website to:

Proposed heritage declarations

When a proposed declaration is open for public comment, anyone can comment on the proposal.

Submissions are lodged with the NT Heritage Council and are forwarded to the Minister with the Heritage Council's recommendations.

How to make a submission

Submissions must be received by 24 May 2021 in writing and should be addressed to the Chairperson of the Heritage Council.

Submissions can be made to:

PO Box 4198 
DARWIN NT 0801

heritagecouncil@nt.gov.au

Open for comment

The following proposed heritage declarations are open for comment.

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Statement of Heritage Value

The European Launcher Development Organisation (ELDO) Antenna, built in Belgium in 1966, was one of five parabolic dish type antennae with an ‘XY’ tracking axis mount that were installed at the Gove Down Range Guidance and Telemetry Station (DRGTS) in the late 1960s, as part of the ELDO Program.

The purpose of the antennae was to track rockets launched from Woomera in South Australia as they passed over the Northern Territory, and to help guide the rockets into orbit.  The Antenna is significant as a tangible reminder of Australia’s involvement in a major program in the field of early space research and development. TheELDO consortium, which included Britain, France, West Germany, Belgium, Holland, Italy and Australia, turned a surplus intercontinental ballistic missile into the three stage Europa 1 satellite launch vehicle to be launched at Woomera in South Australia. ELDO’s satellite launch program can be considered a spectacular and technically complex activity in Australia and particularly at the Gove DRGTS.

The Belgian-made ELDO Antenna is a significant historical artefact from ELDO’s space program and is the only one of the five original antennae to survive. The antennae were built to respond to technological advancements being made through the program and had the ability to function in the remote area where they were installed. The ELDO Antenna is a distinctive structure, and set against the backdrop of the Gove landscape, highlights the stark contrast between technological advancements and the isolated location where these antennae operated.

Statement of Heritage Value

The Hermannsburg Stone House was constructed as part of the Hermannsburg mission’s housing program of the 1960s.

It comprises one bedroom, a dining/kitchen area with a wood-fired stove and chimney, a laundry, separate toilet and shower and a partially enclosed verandah.

Seventeen houses were built at Hermannsburg in this period by local Aboriginal people from stone quarried from the Finke River.

The Hermannsburg Stone House is the only one of its type remaining. Now a ruin, the Stone House is a tangible reminder of houses that were designed in accordance with the government’s assimilation policy which aimed to encourage Aboriginal people to live in nuclear family households rather than in the extended family groupings that were central to Aboriginal peoples’ cultural and social organisation. The Stone House is an example of a cooperative venture between the broader mission community and local Aboriginal people, who were largely Western Arrarnta.

The Hermannsburg Stone House is valued by the Ntaria community because it reminds current generations of how people used to live at Hermannsburg (Ntaria). The Stone House also provides evidence of, and honours, the hard work and skills of local Aboriginal people in quarrying and cutting the stone and building the houses. It is for these reasons that the house was deliberately retained by the Ntaria community.

Statement of Heritage Value

The wreck site of N5-156 is of an iconic B-25D Mitchell bomber, which crashed on the 21st October 1943, killing one crewmember, Sgt. C.A.H. Keesmaat. It is one of only four such sites remaining in the Northern Territory. It is highly fragmented due to an explosion on impact and the fragmentation reveals minute details of the aircraft’s construction.

The site is highly significant as a repository of artefacts with a high potential for further studies. It is culturally significant as a memorial to No. 18 Squadron NEI/RAAF and as a site for commemoration of the loss of Sgt. C.A.H. Keesmaat in the defence of Australia during WWII.

From an international perspective, the wreck site is the material manifestation of the link between the Netherlands and Australia and a tangible reminder of our countries’ united effort in the struggle against the Japanese during WWII. It was an important association formed from necessity in a time of war and it was a successful partnership, which had written a new chapter of Australian military aviation history.


Last updated: 23 April 2021

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