War comes to Australia!
Set in four acres of tropical gardens by the sea The Darwin Military Museum is home to the Defence of Darwin experience. It is the story of this unique city’s role when 188 aircraft attacked Darwin at 0958 on 19th February 1942; 54 aircraft attacked in a second raid at midday. The Japanese aircraft carrier borne forces that attacked on 19th February 1942 were the same forces that attacked Pearl Harbor in December 1941 and that they dropped more bombs on Darwin than they did on Pearl Harbor.
The museum was NT’s very first and is partially housed in the original concrete command post Command Post (CP) ‘bunker’, used by the Army to command the two massive 9.2″ guns nearby. A theatrette located in the DDE continuously runs a 12 minute slide show film that contains dramatic live footage of the Japanese bombing of Darwin Harbour and the township. Free of charge 30 minute history talks by the Museum Director (a qualified Historian) can be arranged for larger groups (20+ at a minimum) during week day business hours and given a minimum of one week’s notice to ensure the Director is/will be available.
During World War II many civilians and service personnel fought, died, or were dispossessed. This Experience acknowledges the sacrifice of those who lost their lives, and the courage of all who served in the defence of the Northern Territory.