Book Launch: "Charles James Kirkland: The Life and Times of a Pioneer Newspaperman in the Top End of Australia

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Presenter:  Dr Steven Farram

Date: Mar 09, 2017

Time: 5:15pm to 6:45pm

Contact person:  Northern Territory Archives Centre
T: 08 8999 6890

Location:  Northern Territory Archives Centre, Kelsey Crescent, Millner, NT

You are invited to attend a book launch and talk

Charles James Kirkland: The Life and Times of a Pioneer Newspaperman in the Top End of Australia
by Dr Steven Farram from Charles Darwin University

Charles Kirkland arrived in Palmerston (Darwin) in 1878, less than a decade after the settlement’s establishment. Kirkland proved to be one of the Northern Territory’s most enduring and successful pioneers and was one of the best-known individuals in the Palmerston/Darwin of his day. He had a long career as editor and owner of the Northern Territory Times and Gazette, but during his half century in the Territory capital he was also active in its social, civic and political life. As a result, Kirkland became well-acquainted with all the major figures in the community. A biography of Kirkland is long overdue. This book not only tells the story of Kirkland, but is brimming with detail about many of the major and minor characters who also played a part in the Territory’s early history.

Steven will talk about his motivations for writing the book, some of the special things he discovered on the journey, and the importance of the collections of the National Archives of Australia and the Northern Territory Archives Service in providing much of the material that helped the book take shape.

Steven Farram is Senior Lecturer in North Australian and Regional Studies (History) at Charles Darwin University. His research interests include the history of northern Australia and Southeast Asia, particularly Indonesia and Timor-Leste. He is well-published in these areas with many journal articles and book chapters. He is also the author and editor of several books.


What is the timing for the event?

Arrive at 5:15pm for a 5:30pm start. We anticipate the talk finishing approximately 6:30 with time for questions afterwards.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

Car parking is available on Kelsey Crescent, or Skelton Street, building entrance is on Kelsey Crescent.

Bookings essential by Wednesday 8 March 2017 Book your attendance online at

or phone 8999 6890