Statement of heritage value - Northern Territory Archives Centre, Darwin

The Northern Territory Archives Centre, located in the suburb of Millner in Darwin, can be considered one of the last remnants of a large number of Commonwealth institutional buildings constructed in the 1960s and 1970s in Darwin, most in the Darwin CBD.

The original building on this site was completed in 1976 and was a large, single-storey building of concrete and brick construction, with a ‘bunker’ like quality that contained some elements of ‘Brutalist’ architecture, as well as some distinctive elements of the ‘Late Twentieth Century Stripped Classical’ style.

It was purpose-built as an archives repository, and conceived as a prestige building that was symbolic of the serious commitment of the Commonwealth Government to the safe storage of important Government records. The original building was extended to the south in the 1990s to provide further storage.

In April 2010, the Federal Minister announced the co-location of the NT Archives Service and the (then) Australian Archives. The Northern Territory Archives Centre was officially opened on 11 November 2013 by The Hon Matthew Conlan MLA, Northern Territory Minister for Arts and Museums. The building was extended to the north in 2018.


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Last updated: 04 November 2019

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