A mammoth volunteer effort decades ago made Anzac Oval into the major playground for the town's sports and social occasions. During World War II it was a staging ground for the transport of military materiel, which had arrived by rail, on to Darwin by road. No wonder the oval occupies a special place in the hearts and minds of many long-term residents. Now the NT Government controversially wants to acquire it for the National Aboriginal Art Gallery, in limbo after opposition from traditional owners. Part One by ALEX NELSON.
It's been said a few times that another history covering the complexity of Alice Springs and Central Australia would be well received. I've discovered two captivating books detailing the multi-layered history of two famous cities, San Francisco and New Orleans, which could well be an inspiration for a local writer.