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Last chance to see Borella’s War Exhibition

Posted: 25 May 2015

Territorians have one more week to learn about the life and service of our only Victoria Cross recipient with the free exhibition Borella’s War: the making of a legend at the Northern Territory Library.

The collection showcases rare photographic material and explains Albert Borella’s remarkable personal story within the broader context of Northern Territory development and the significant contribution made by Territorians to World War One.

Albert Borella walked, swam through flooded rivers, rode horses and eventually travelled on a mail coach and a train to Darwin. Unable to sign on there, he travelled by ship to Queensland and then went on to Western Australia for training before serving at Gallipoli and then the Western Front.

Borella received the distinctions of Mention in Despatches and the Military Medal for his services in action. In 1918 he received the highest military honour, the Victoria Cross, for most conspicuous bravery in attack.

Borella’s War: the making of a legend  is open at the Northern Territory Library in Parliament House until Sunday 31 May.

Top End Indigenous performers on show

Posted: 22 May 2015

A three-day celebration of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders arts and culture will be held at the Darwin Entertainment Centre this weekend.

The Garrmalang Festival showcases music, dance and culture from Top End Indigenous artists.

The festival runs from Friday 22 May until Sunday 24 May with featured events including:

  • two showings of the Djuku Mala (The Chooky Dancers) sell out show from their recent national tour
  • a panel discussion about life in the public eye with Australian Olympian Patrick Johnson, ABC broadcaster Charlie King, actors/playwrights Jado Cubillo and Steven Oliver and singer/songwriter Shellie Morris 
  • on Saturday evening patrons can enjoy an evening hosted by Shellie Morris discussing music and stories titled Four Little Birds. Local artists Leah Flanagan, Ursula Yovich and desert diva Catherine Satour will also join Shellie onstage
  • on Sunday afternoon The Gary Lang NT Dance Company will perform a free showcase of their work-in-progress Inspired - an evolving experimentation ballet to the musical score of Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said the Northern Territory Government is pleased to be able to provide $50,000 funding to support the Garrmalang Festival as part of the FestivalsNT calendar of cultural and sporting events.

Tickets to attend the Garrmalang Festival are available from

Princess Charlotte to receive Cheeky Territory gift

Posted: 20 May 2015

A one-off, special edition ‘Cheeky Dogs’ sketch is on its way to the newest member of the Royal Family as a gift from all Territorians.

Chief Minister Adam Giles said the sketch, a picture book and a Cheeky Dogs cot blanket specially-made made by Dion’s carer Joie Boulter will be sent to Kensington Palace this week.  

Tennant Creek artist Dion Beasley has muscular dystrophy and is hearing impaired. He worked with writer Johanna Bell to create his book, Too Many Cheeky Dogs, which celebrates remote community life and the camp dogs which are an intrinsic part of it.

The book has sold more than 6000 copies since its release in 2013 and Dion was very excited to embark on this Royal adaptation of his canine characters for the new Princess.

“Dion looked for Royal dogs online and discovered Prince William and Kate don't have corgis as we originally thought. They have a big black dog. So Dion drew a picture of lots of cheeky camp dogs barking at a big, black dog outside Kensington Palace,” writer Johanna Bell said. 

This isn’t the first royal baby gift from the Northern Territory with the princess’ big brother Prince George being gifted a Royal Crocodile which lives at Crocosaurus Cove.