Each year on the 1st July, all Territorians get together to celebrate the turn of self-governance in 1978 with festivities taking place all over the Top End.
At the Australian Federation, 1 January 1901, The Northern Territory was part of South Australia.
In 1911 the NT separated from the southern state and transferred to Commonwealth control
In 1947 the Territory was allowed to make its own legislature but were still not yet self-governed
In 1974, then Prime Minster, Gough Whitlam told Australians that the Territory would soon be granted self-government and a legistlative assembly was formed with 19 member
In 1978, the Territory had finally become responsible for state like matters
On 1 July 1978 more than 6000 proud Territorians gathered at the Darwin Cenotaph to celebrate their new found rights with the swearing-in of the NT Government mintisty and the first official NT flag-raising.
PJ’s wish all our friends in the NT, a safe and happy Territory Day!