Eric Johnston Lecture
The Eric Johnston Lecture is a flagship event hosted by the Northern Territory Library that provides a platform for a significant Territorian to reflect on the Territory’s past, present and future.
First delivered in 1986, the annual Eric Johnston Lecture invites a prominent Territorian to share their reflections and insights. Based around a theme, the lecture provides an intimate commentary on the Northern Territory’s people, social history and development.
The lecture is named in honour of the inaugural speaker, Commodore Eric Johnston AO, OBE. An Australian naval officer, Johnston rose to prominence because of his energetic and effective performance as chief naval officer during and after Cyclone Tracy. Johnston eventually became the longest-serving Administrator of the Northern Territory, serving from 1981 to 1989. He travelled extensively in the role - no station or Aboriginal community was too remote to escape a visit. He died in 1997.
Presented, recorded or transcribed each year, this collection of past lectures provides a unique opportunity to view the Northern Territory through the eyes of those who have committed their lives and careers to its betterment.
Kevin Kadirgamar, immigration lawyer, advocate and 2018 NT Young Australian of the Year
Multiculturalism and forty years of Self-Government: Why cities need cultural diversity to thrive
Sister Anne Gardiner, educator and 2017 Senior Australian of Year
Under the Banyan Tree
Andy Bruyn AM, television executive
Growing pains - The Territory's Teenage Years
Professor Andrew Campbell, natural resource management academic
Myths, Dreams and Stories: Alternative Tracks for Northern Australian Development
Bob Beadman, Indigenous policy expert
Poor Fellow My Country: Indigenous Policy - 50 Years of Progress?
Dr Mickey Dewar, historian and author
Finding a Past We Can Live With - Some of the Challenges of Writing Public History in the Remembering Territory Families Exhibition
Tom Pauling AO QC, former Administrator of the Northern Territory
Now I'm Free to Speak
Banduk Marika, artist
Land Management and Cultural Responsibility
Clare Martin, former Northern Territory Chief Minister
Now I'm Free to Speak
Tom Calma, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice and Race Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights CommissionA Human Rights Agenda for the Northern Territory
The Honourable Austin Asche AC QC, former Administrator of the Northern TerritoryWhen We Were South Australian
Judy Nunn, author and actress
Marilynne Paspaley, actress and businesswoman
Finding the Spirit of Darwin
Bill Bunbury, authorCyclone Tracy - an ILL Wind?
Associate Professor Martin W B Jarvis, former Artistic Director/Conductor of the Darwin Symphony OrchestraUnder the Stars in Tropical Vienna
Terry Underwood, author, photographer and cattle producerNowhere to Somewhere
John Anictomatis OAM, former Administrator of the Northern Territory
A Home Away from Home - the Aegean to Australia
Bob Collins, former member of the Australian Senate, Northern Territory Legislative Assembly, and Leader of the Territory OppositionLearning Lessons - Indigenous Education in the Northern Territory
Ted Egan, former Administrator of the Northern Territory, singer/songwriter and authorMakarrta - Caledon Bay and Woodah Island Killings of 1932 to 1933
Goff Letts, politician and former member of the Northern Territory Legislative AssemblyThe Great Banteng Muster: The Cobourg Expeditions 1960 to 1963
Mandawuy Yunupingu, musician, educator and leaderNew Love Song for an Old Land
Roslyn Poignant, anthropologist, author and photographerLost Conversations, Recovered Archives
Miriam-Rose Baumann, school principalAboriginal Education
Professor D J Mulvaney, archaeologist and academicThe Search for Collet Barker of Raffles Bay
Dr John Hargrave, doctor and leprosy specialistThe Best of Both Worlds: Aboriginal Health, Then and Now
Sir Paul Hasluck, former Governor-General of Australia, historian, poetPioneers of Post War Recovery
R G (Dick) Kimber Bill Bunbury, historian and authorThe End of the Bad Old Days: European Settlement in Central Australia, 1871 to 1894
Sir Edward Woodward, juristThree Wigs and Five Hats
Dr Ella Stack, former Darwin City Council Lord Mayor
Professor Charles Manning Clark, historian and authorWriting a History of Australia
Commodore Eric Johnston, former Administrator of the Northern TerritoryOperation Navy Help: Disaster Operations by the Royal Australian Navy, Post-Cyclone Tracy