The Chinese Connection

Chinese migrants have played a big role in the population of Australia.  By 1878 the Chinese population in Darwin outnumbered the European. The Government of the day contracted ‘coolies’  to work in the goldfields and the building of railway lines. They were cheap labour at the time. Discriminated against by the locals, they were forbidden … More The Chinese Connection

Darwin orchids

Yesterday we had the privilege of a private viewing at Palmerston Orchids. The proprietors, Denis and Sherryll Fett, kindly agreed to show us around their orchid nursery. Located in their backyard, there were orchids every which way you turned. Some were newly propagated, others were fully grown. One was over twenty years old.  There were … More Darwin orchids

Today in Darwin

Today was our first day out and about in Darwin. We had errands to run. And guess what? Big Red behaved herself perfectly! Darwin, with a population of 145,916,  is the capital city of the Northern Territory. It is also the largest city in a territory which is very sparsely populated. Because it is so … More Today in Darwin