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Tennant Creek PlayGroup
Every Monday from 9.30am onwards
Senior Citizens Hall, 49 Haddock street
$ 5 per visit per family
Every THURSDAY 10am
Tex’s Schnitzel House Eldorado Motel
Check our facebook website
for further events
All children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent/guardian at all times.
PO Box 834 TENNANT CREEK NT 0860
Facebook Page: Tennant Creek Playgroup
For details, contact Coordinator
Rebecca Way 0409 802 510
TENNANT FOOD BARN
Open 7 Days! Monday - Friday 8am - 6pm. Saturday 8:30am - 6pm. Sunday 9am - 6pm.
* Sale from
Monday 28 -
SAVE $3.00 each
SAVE 50¢ a bunch
7 days a week
WILLOWRA Playgroup celebrated this year’s
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Children’s Day with a picnic at the local creek.
Jointly organised by Batchelor Institute of Indigenous
Tertiary Education and World Vision Australia staff in
consultation with the Warlpiri Early Childhood Care
reference group, the aim of the excursion was to incor-
porate Aboriginal culture into the playgroup program
and to have an enjoyable day out.
Yapa Play Leaders Antoinette Glen and Jasmine Spen-
cer ran cultural activities with the children.
Antoinette helped the children to find and collect the
right branches to make a humpy while Jasmine started
digging in the sand for water or frogs.
The experiences of building the humpy and digging
for water allowed the children to develop both their fine
and gross motor skills.
It was great to see the children using science and
math concepts, as well as development of social skills
through interaction with the other children and adults.
Celebrating is a picnic
By CAtherine MAuGhAn & MelindA noe
NATURAL PARTY: Willowra Playgroup celebrating national Aboriginal and torres Strait
Islander Children’s Day.
THE Australian economy riding on the sheep’s
back incurred a shearer’s strike 1890-1891
and founding Australian Labor Party.
First Commonwealth elections 1901 realised 16 Labor
members elected to the House of Representatives and
eight Labor members to the Senate. The same year,
Australia’s first Labor Government in minority only
lasted three months!
In 1905 NT Labor endorsed its first election candidate,
James Robertson to run for the Northern Territory seat
of the South Australian Parliament.
On 5 December 1908, Labor celebrated its first NT
election victory with Pine Creek miner and publican
Tom Crush winning the NT seat in South Australian
On 1 January 1911, South Australia handed control of
the NT to the Commonwealth Government effectively
denying Territorians their right to vote in an Australian
Parliament! Governance in the NT saw long-standing
tensions between the Administrator and Australian
Workers Union over worker’s rights and conditions
on the frontier.
On 17 December 1918, Union leader Harold Nelson
led 1,000 demonstrators to Liberty Square Darwin
demanding the resignation of the Administrator John
Gilruth where weeks later he was escorted from Darwin
by the Royal Australian Navy.
In 1920, NT unions launched a newspaper, North-
ern Standard, supporting Harold Nelson’s call, “no
taxation without representation” with leading citizens
voluntarily entering Fannie Bay Goal refusing taxes
until gaining the vote. In 1947, Ben Chifley’s Labor
Government established the NT Legislative Council
part elected and appointed with Labor figures John
(Jock) Nelson (Harold’s son) and Dick Ward among
December 1949 saw election defeat of Chifley’s Gov-
ernment largely over war-time austerity and post-war
controls however Nelson was elected Federal member
representing the NT.
In 1957, Beth Reus of Alice Springs was endorsed by
Labor as first female NT Legislative Council member,
campaigning since 1950, recognising hardships for
Territory women. By 1963, Nelson persuaded Federal
Labor to endorse a fully elected NT Legislative Assem-
bly and full voting rights for the Federal member with
Labor’s Nelson returned as NT member unopposed!
On 24 December 1974, Cyclone Tracy destroyed
Darwin prompting Australian Labor Prime Minister
Gough Whitlam to cut short an overseas trip visiting
the devastated city announcing millions of dollars for
rebuilding. On 16 August 1975, Labor Prime Minister
Gough Whitlam symbolically poured sand into Vincent
Lingiari’s hand officially acknowledging rights of the
Gurundji forging the NT Land Rights Act 1976.
Following 27 years of conservative NT Government,
Labor won its first-ever election with Claire Martin the
first woman elected as leader of Government in Aus-
tralia. During the 110 years of NT Labor (1905-2015)
a story researched by Barbara James and Alf Leonardi
acknowledged and commemorated as a defining politi-
cal history and great Territory story on the last frontier!
Member for Barkly
A defining 110 years of Labor govt
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