Tiwi Heroes: World War Two Encounters


This year marks the 80th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. To commemorate, Library & Archives NT will provide an insight into the Territory’s history through the exhibition Tiwi Heroes: World War Two Encounters. This free exhibition opens on 19 February until 15 May at the Northern Territory Library in Parliament House.

The exhibition focuses on the significant contribution that Tiwi people made to Australia’s defence during World War Two.

Drawing on historical collections held on the Tiwi Islands and from major collecting institutions around Australia, Tiwi Heroes conveys the heroic achievements of Tiwi individuals and details the extensive support they provided to Australian and Allied forces in Australia’s darkest hour during 1942.

The exhibition has been developed in consultation with Tiwi individuals and organisations including the Patakijiyali Museum, Muluwurri Museum, Jilamara Arts and Crafts, Munupi Arts and Crafts and the Tiwi Land Council. Library & Archives NT is proud to acknowledge the extraordinary contribution that the Tiwi people have made to the history and culture of the Northern Territory.

Curator Floor Talks are currently being offering as part of the Tiwi Heroes: World War Two Encounters. These guided floor talks will dive deeper into the items on display, and give you the opportunity to ask our curators your burning questions. For up to date times visit the floor talks schedule.

Please stay tuned to the Library and Archives NT website and Facebook for the forthcoming exhibition program.

Photo credits: William Donald Martin, 22 December 1943, during Second World War)

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