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The Hon. C.L.A. Abbott, Hilda Abbott and Government House

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Creator Oliver, Pam
Title The Hon. C.L.A. Abbott, Hilda Abbott and Government House
Publisher Monash University
Publication Date 2015
Format MP4
Description of Resource video file: 45 mins, colour, sound
Language English
Rights Permission granted for open access
Subject 2103 - Historical Studies
Abstract Historically, judgement of the Hon CLA Abbott (and his wife Hilda) during his tenure as Administrator of the Northern Territory, 1937 to 1946, has been consistently harsh. Do the Abbotts deserve a more positive assessment of their legacy? Dr Pam Oliver examines their work from newly available official records produced at the time. She uncovers the Abbotts' conscious agenda in advocating for Territory development and defence, and attempting to improve services for Territorians.

This investigation demonstrates that the Abbotts' positive legacy is overshadowed by constant historical concentration on limited aspects of their work and controversy over wartime events. This negativity increases with retelling.

The lecture provides a more balanced assessment of this hard-working couple's wide-ranging, joint contribution, particularly: employing Government House hospitality to showcase what the Territory had to offer to Australian and overseas visitors, attracting investment to Darwin, negotiating with the Federal Government and the Abbotts' war work. This they achieved under difficult legal and administrative constraints placed on the Territory by the Commonwealth Government.

The Government House Foundation – Charles Darwin University History Fellowship was established through the generosity of the Government House Foundation. The biennial Fellowship extends community understanding and awareness of the significance of Government House and Administrators in the history of the NT.
Keyword Hon CLA Abbott
Hilda Abbott
Northern Territory
Government House Foundation
Additional Notes 2015 Government House Foundation-Charles Darwin University History Fellowship Lecture.
Description for Link Link to Dr Pam Oliver's lecture

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