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Museum history

History of the NTPMHS

In 1995 the Northern Territory Historical Society Incorporated formed with
Mr. Peter Young as the inaugural President. After a short suspension it formed again in May 2000 and was renamed the Northern Territory Police Museum and Historical Society Incorporated (NTPMHS).  


The society has members in the Northern Territory, interstate and overseas, and a small but active volunteer group who assist with the conservation and preservation of police history, whether it be physical objects, photographs, documents, records, voice recordings or electronic files. The NT Museum and Art Gallery provide guidance in relation to methods of preservation.

Meet the 2023-2024 NTPMHS Committee


Commissioner of Police and CEO Fire and Emergency Services Michael Murphy APM


President of the Northern Territory Police Association, Mr Nathan Finn


Dr Gary Manison APM


Dr Manison was a long serving officer in the NT Police and retired in 2006.  He was awarded the Australian Police Medal for Distinguished Police Service, in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2004. He is a Life Member of the Society and holds several academic qualifications including a Ph.D. and Bachelor of Business from Curtin University, a Master of Public Policy from ANU and a Certificate in Genealogical Research from the Society of Australian Genealogists (SAG).

     Dr Manison is currently researching material for a book on the history of indigenous policing in the NT.

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Currently Vacant

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John Bell

Committee Member

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Pat King 

Committie Member

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Kym Chilton

Committee Member


Danny Bacon

Public Officer

Commander Daniel (Danny) Bacon is a current serving officer, having joined as a 16 year old Cadet in February 1987. Prior to the establishment of the NTPM&HS in 1995, Sergeant Glenys Simpson worked preserving our history and he was a constant regular in her office or on the phone seeking her knowledge and insight.  Since the formation of our Society he has held all different committee positions and he remains passionate in preserving our History for generations to come.    

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John Wolthers

Committee Member

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Deirdre Hurwood

Committee Member

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Allan Mitchell

Committee Member

Meet the committee

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The society expresses its gratitude for the considerable help and support it receives from the
Northern Territory Police Force and the Northern Territory Police Association.


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