In 2015 the Genealogical Society received a $22,580 Major Community Benefit Grant from the Northern Territory Government, through Peter Styles, the Minister responsible for Racing, Gaming and Licensing. This grant has been used to purchase a File Server which has significantly improved our capability and reliability to provide online resources to visitors who use our Library to search our immense and unique collection.

We also applied for a $5,000 Small Community Benefit Grant, this was used to purchase a CD storage system incorporated into our computer system. 

The benefits of receiving these grants are immense and will have a long lasting effect on our ability to help people connect and reconnect to their families.


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SILENT PEARLS old Japanese graves in Darwin and the history of pearling by John Lamb  

launched in Darwin on the 12 November 2015

This examination of the Japanese presence in the Northern Territory is at once an intriguing account of the pearling industry and a compelling study of the men and women who lived and died so far from their homeland.  Working from headstones in local cemeteries, John Lamb has assembled a wealth of detail from documentary and pictorial archives to reconstruct these lives. He tells of their hazardous occupations and also of their resourcefulness and endurance. Meticulously executed, Silent Pearls sheds new light on the rich and complex history of northern Australia .  Professor Stuart Macintyre, University of Melbourne

TO PURCHASE A COPY OF THIS BOOK ($48 plus postage)

Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory

street address

1st Floor Library

25 Cavenagh Street Darwin (Monday, Tuesday (9.30 to 5.15 pm) and Saturday after 1 pm)

Tel. (08) 89817363 or Secretary 0412 018 015

Postal address: PO Box 37212 Winnellie  NT 0821

email - gsntinc@bigpond.net.au

or through the Secretary – mobile 0412 018 015




The aim of the Genealogical Society of the Northern Territory (GSNT) is to promote genealogical and family history research; to further the study of genealogy by the collection of historical data; to educate in genealogy and family history methods; and to urge the preservation of personal historical records.

Our Society holds Birth, Death and Marriage records for the British Settlement period which commenced in 1824, and Birth, Death and Marriage indexes from 1873 when newspapers began publication, to our current year, in addition we also have indexed articles that appear in the newspapers about families and events.  We have many unpublished indexes, if you are researching in the Northern Territory please contact us – gsntinc@bigpond.net.au

Due to the unique nature of the Territory, GSNT has undertaken a range of projects to identify more detailed information about people who have lived, worked and died here and those who travelled through the Territory.


Membership Reminder:

GSNT MEMBERSHIP WILL BECOME DUE ON  1 July for the 2016/2017 financial year


City of Darwin Council

2014 'Unearthing our Pioneers' $10,000

Unearthing our Pioneers aims to establish the final resting place within the Palmerston Cemetery of those 1230+ Pioneers presumed to be buried there.  Our volunteers have spent many months collating information to confirm or correct the current signage displayed at the Cemetery.  The listing is for those who have a surviving headstone and does not reflect the actual number of graves. The original size of the cemetery was 48 acres.

Our research will establish an extensive listing of those who are buried in the Palmerston Cemetery regardless of whether they have a headstone or not. The Cemetery is a heritage listed site and it was the first official cemetery for the Northern Territory. Many visitors come to the site and go away disappointed when they don't find their relative's names listed, and then think they are not buried there. We hope our work will help those to find the last resting place of their relatives.