Darwin: Bombed and Forgotten

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I travelled to Darwin for three days mid-last year: one day orientation and two days working a GP clinic within the Darwin Correctional Centre. And while what i saw and dealt with at the centre was interesting of its own right, and the topic of another discussion, the story of Darwin itself hit me as largely untold in Australian mainstream legend.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in two separate waves during World War II (and as part of their offensive to knock Darwin out of the battle) — with Singapore already captured and just two months after the notrious bombing of Pearl Harbour — in their attempts to secure Timor.

These photos are a little of what impressed me about Australia’s “Top End” capital; published on the belated inaugural commemoration of the Bombing of Darwin Day.

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