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Charles Darwin University Library has historically significant collections of photographs such as the Shewring and Vesteys Collection. There are also photographs documenting the history of Charles Darwin University.

Photographs in eSpace, CDU's digital repository are also part of TROVE which is hosted by the National Library and contains images from the collections of many institutions from Australia and New Zealand.


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that the photographic collections may contain images and names of deceased persons. Original captions on images taken prior to 2000 will reflect past attitudes and values.

Charles Darwin University (Ledwidge) Photographs

This collection covers the various institutions that make up the history of CDU including:

  • Darwin Community College 1974-1984
  • Darwin Institute of Technology 1984-1989
  • UCNT 1985 – 1989
  • Northern Territory University 1989-2003

The majority of photographs were taken by Baz Ledwidge, University Photographer

Shewring collection

A collection donated by Robert Vivian Shewring who came to Darwin in 1934 with the First Contingent of the Australian Permanent Army to be stationed in Darwin. The men were billeted in Vestey's old meatworks, at Bullocky Point, while they built the first buildings at Larrakeyah Barracks, and erected the big guns at East Point. Mr Shewring, then Gunner Shewring, Artillery Regiment, was a carpenter and the photographs depict life in the barracks, Darwin and the Territory.

Vestey collection

This collection of photographs were taken by Station managers working for Australian Investment Agency (commonly known as Vesteys) in the Northern Territory and East Kimberley from approximately 1917 to 1970s. Content includes aspects of station life such as homesteads and other buildings, staff, livestock and vehicles. Copies of the collection were made by Darwin Institute of Technology and when the company went into liquidation, the Northern Territory University was ceded the collection.


Using the Collections

Conditions of Use

You may save and/or print photographs from these collections for individual research and study purposes in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968. If you wish to use the work for any other purposes, eg use in a publication, or for commercial purposes, then you must seek permission from CDU Library. Please contact us.


Copyright apply to works which are still within the period of copyright protection. Material which is out of copyright is said to be in the 'public domain' and may be used freely.

The copyright law is complex and constantly evolving. The information in this website is provided as guidance only and does not constitute expert or legal advice. If in doubt, always assume that a work is in copyright and seek legal advice before reproducing it.

Pre-1955 Photographs  - Photographs available via eSpace taken before 1 January 1955 are free of known copyright restrictions and are made available for use under the Creative Commons Public Domain Mark. Permission is not required for use and this includes publishing, on condition that you:

  • Acknowledge the CDU Library when using this material for any purpose in the following way: CDU Library - Collection and Library's unique identifying number e.g. CDU Library, Shewring Collection, cdu: 12345;
  • Where known, cite the photographer;
  • Meet any additional conditions of use that might be imposed by donors;
  • Note that when you are re-publishing a photograph it does not create a new copyright.

Post-1955 Photographs - Photographs available via eSpace taken after 1 January 1955 are copyrighted for the life of the photographer or owner plus 70 years. Permission must be sought before use. Please contact the CDU Library if you require a copy of a photograph dated post January 1955.

Requesting Copies

Photographs for personal or research purposes can be requested by contacting us