Many Alawa Street names remember people killed during the Japanese Bombing raids on Darwin and others killed during the war. The name Alawa itself comes from the name of an aboriginal tribe in the Roper River area.
Darwin Post Office in 1942
A man-made lake was planned for this low lying area at one stage of the development of Alawa - hence the name Lakeside Drive for the road running along the edge of this area.
A community garden, open spaces and sports ovals now occupy the area between the Rapid Creek tidal mangroves and Lakeside Drive.
Alawa Street Names
Origin of Street Name
Alawa is the name of an aboriginal tribe inhabiting an area around the southern tributaries of the Roper River.
Mrs Alice Bald wife of Hurtle Bald, Postmaster of Darwin. Both were killed, along with their two daughters, during a Japanese bombing raid on 19th February 1942.
Arthur Wellington was one of the post office staff killed by bombs on 19th February 1942.
HMS Britomart commanded by Captain Owen Stanley 1838-39. This ship was involved in the establishment of Victoria Settlement at Port Essington on the Cobourg Peninsula.
Keith Davern was on the SS Zealandia which was sunk in Darwin Harbour in 1941
Named after the coastal Dripstone Caves.
Eileen c Mullen was a post office employee killed in the bombing on 19th February 1942.
Emily Young was another post office employee killed in the bombing on 19th February 1942.
Lieut Col Eric Gordon Bennett Scriven of the Royal Engineers was killed on active service in Timor on 30th June 1941
Joe Forbes was on the brig Stedcombe which was associated with the early settlement at Fort Dundas on Melville Island in 1824. He was the only survivor when the crew of the Stedcombe was overpowered and murdured in the Indonesian Islands. He was kept as a slave until rescued in about 1840 by Captain Tom Watson commanding the Essington.
Pilot Officer William Gove served with the RAAF in the Darwin area. He was killed on 20th April 1943
Archibald Halls was another post office employee killed in the bombing on 19th February 1942.
Henry Ellis Street
The ship Henry Ellis brought the first Northeren Territory expedition to Escape Cliffs (the first of three Northern Territory towns to bear the name of Palmerston) under Govt. Resident BT Finniss from Adelaide in 1864
Hurtle C Bald was Postmaster of Darwin, Killed when the Post Office was destroyed by bombs on 19th February 1942
Iris Bald, one of the Postmaster's daughters, killed in the bombing on 19th February 1942
Jean Mullen was a telephonist at the Darwin Post Office, Killed when the Post Office was destroyed by bombs on 19th February 1942
Named in expectation an artificial lake would be built on land beside the road.
The two sisters Eileen and Jean Mullen, both killed during the Japanese bombing raid.
Mrs Pett was the schoolmistress of old Palmerston between 1900 and 1905
Miss Jennie Stasinowsky was another of the Post Office staff killed during the Japanese bombing raid.
Robert Henry Stobo was Deck Cadet on the MV Neptunia and was Killed by Japanese bombs when the Neptunia was sunk in Darwin Harbour.
Named after Tom Styles, an early Territory Miner associated with mines at Yam Creek, Brock Creek and Pine Creek.
Horace M Trower, appointed Chief Lands Officer and Director of Lands for the Northern Territory 1917-21
Arthur Wellington, another of the Post Office staff killed during the Japanese bombing raid in February 1942.
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