Territory Day 1997

1 July 1997

Territorians, those who identify as citizens of Australia’s Northern Territory, celebrate Territory Day on 1 July. This date marks the Northern Territory achieving self-government (from the Commonwealth) on 1 July 1978. This is the only day of the year, apart from the Chinese New Year and New Year's Eve, when fireworks are permitted notwithstanding the Darwin Kalymnian community celebrate Greek Easter with dynamite. Territory Day was also a date for naturalization of new citizens of Australia. Further Territory Day was an occasion to honour Territorian of the Year, Senior Territorian of the Year and Young Territorian of the Year. Chief Minister Stone unveils the commemorative honour board named in honour of the Northern Territory's first Chief Minister the Honourable Paul Everingham AO. There after the honour board has hung in the NT Parliament inscribed with the names of Territorian, Senior Territorian and Young Territorian of the Year.

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