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    SYNOPSIS: Thousands of men had trekked into the Northern Territory, won immense wealth and returned to their homes.

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    man at windlass
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    water into dish
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    old fossiker
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    washing gold
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    old mine workings
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    old township
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    dust miner
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    flecks of gold in dish
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    Cs Flynn
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    Supers pedal wireless
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    Map Australia
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    Baby & Flynn
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    Wartime bombing
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    Darwin - Govt. House & banks
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    Pan over crowd
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    Aborigine prays S.O..F.
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    Underground mining
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    Background: SYNOPSIS: Thousands of men had trekked into the Northern Territory, won immense wealth and returned to their homes. Others gleaned a pittance, that kept them alive and in hope. But it was the cattleman that kept the Territory alive. Men who took up several thousand square miles of land on which to run their herds. Today, as over the century, cattle remain the chief source of wealth in the Territory.

    The people of the inland lived hard and dangerous lives, until John Flynn came in the 1930's with his vision of a mantle of safety. This Presbyterian missionary helped develop the pedal wireless, which began a network that now covers most of inland Australia. Doctor John Flynn founded hospitals at vital, but isolated centres, and founded the world's first Flying Doctor Service. The mantle of safety became a reality. But Flynn's vision was then shattered by war - and Darwin bore the brunt of Japan's first attacks on the Australian mainland.

    The raids caused widespread destruction not only to military targets, but to the town itself. They also focused the attention of the nation on the Northern Territory. From the wartime ashes, a new and more prosperous Darwin arose. Gone were the old shanties. Modern buildings and shops gave Australia's northern gateway a new pride.

    Then last year came a new dignity. Darwin became a city, and its leading residents gathered to hear Mr. Jock Nelson - the Federal Member - explain their new status and responsibilities. Their first Mayor had already been elected. Darwin has grown beyond recognition, within a generation. It has also outgrown its water supply, and an helicopter is helping to probe a new source.

    The Katherine River, two hundred miles to the south, will supply Darwin's future needs. The river was named by Stuart after Katherine Chambers, the girl he courted, but who rejected him. Stuart never married, and died three years after his epic explorations of the territory.

    The Territory today is the ever-growing monument to Stuart's courage and stamina. Air transport has opened up the centre, and the north at a tremendous speed. Instead of the plodding camel caravans from Adelaide, a diesel train speeds to Alice Springs. But it's still called the 'ghan - in memory of the Afghan camel drivers.

    In the centre, Alice Springs set in the McDonnell Ranges, has developed into a picturesque oasis. Here two thousand people have put their faith in the future of the Territory, and have made their homes. Here too has been built a church. A church dedicated "to the glory of God, and to the memory of John Flynn". The mantle of Safety is once again cast over all the people of the inland, and in Flynn's church they all come to worship.

    Tennant Creek has become a major mining centre - copper and gold worth three million pounds a year - come from rich seams, beneath the baked earth. Gradually in this centenary year, the Territory is seeking new outlets. Today, the explorers are in search of oil penetrating country which might well have daunted Stuart. But they explore with the same spirit. the spirit which has made the Northern Territory.

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