Northern Territory GiovernmentDefence of Darwin Experience

Activities - Middle Years

Each activity includes an Activity worksheet (pdf and word versions) and Educational Outcomes to assist teachers in developing the activity.

Investigative Inquiry: Bombing of Darwin

Note - the Activity includes five sections of which each can be developed as a separate activity.  The five sectons are:

  • People and places
  • Darwin wartime evacuees
  • Evacuation experiences
  • Headlines '42
  • Strategies of war

Investigative Inquiry: Why was Darwin bombed? The strategic role of Darwin in the defence of Australia

Note - the Activity includes six sections of which each can be developed as a separate activity.  The six sections are:

  • Investigate the historic links between Northern Australia and Asia
  • Describe the population of Darwin before World War II
  • What was Darwin like before World War II
  • Investigate the role of Darwin in Australia's military capability in the lead up to World War II
  • What does the timeline of the Japanese expansion tell us about Japanese military strategy?
  • Was Australia part of Japan's strategy or its defensive field?

Investigative Inquiry: What was Australia's response to the bombing of Darwin? What have been some of its longer term effects?

Note - the Activity includes six sections of which each can be developed as a separate activity.  The six sections are:

  • War and the media
  • People in war
  • What role did the Governments of Australia, Britain, and American play in the defence of Darwin?
  • Defending the Top End in the 21st century
  • Asia and Australia's engagement with Asia
  • Darwin now and then

Photographic and artistic representations of war

War Art

What's in a name?

Sharing memories of the bombing of Darwin

A projective investigation: Darwin's Coastal Defences

A projective investigation: Darwin's Air Defence