Asian Studies Program

Chinese Australia

Chinese Australian History Resources

Item Number

Type of Item

33 government reports

Collection/Item Name


Holmes, Mervyn John, ‘China Town, Darwin: Report on Sanitation and Hygiene, No. 1’, Office of the Administrator, Darwin, 1912, Department of External Affairs, Correspondence files, NT Series: ‘Removal of insanitary Chinese tenements - Darwin’, 1913-1914, Australian Archives: CRS A4, item NT 14/4383.

Physical Description Chinese Language?
11 leaves, 8 leaves illustrations, 33cm no


Accession Information
1. Australian Archives - ACT National Office
2. Northern Territory Library
1. CRS A3, item NT 1914/483 or A3/16 with photos A3/19 reference copy
2. A3/7 reference copy or PAM 613.10994 HOL
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Northern Territory - Darwin 1912 1912
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Unpublished report from the Medical Officer of Health to the Administrator of the Northern Territory. Report on the buildings along the south west side of Cavenagh St from Bennett Street to the Esplanade, and comprising blocks 398 to 405 inclusive. Includes a discussion of Chinese tenement ownership, drainage and water supply and describes the buildings, materials they were made of and their cleanliness. Concludes that the area was in a ‘dangerously insanitary state’ and the ‘stringent and drastic measures’ are required. Also includes 16 images of buildings.
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