Defence of Darwin

Defence of Darwin

About This Project

The NT Museum was keen to capture the experience of survivors of the catastrophic WWII bombing of Darwin for inclusion in a redevelopment of an exhibition. In 1942 many servicemen and women were in Darwin for the war effort, but post-war, most people moved. This meant our subjects lived in every state in Australia.


This project called for both speed and sensitivity. We had three months to shoot, edit and complete 13 digital stories, including archival components. Our subjects are also very elderly, and the subject matter often difficult. Our solution was to hire a team of directors who made individual contact with the subjects, then met and filmed them. Footage was sent to Darwin where our post-production supervisor worked with a team of editors.


Read some of the key things we’ve learnt about digital storytelling

The client

The NT Museum was very pleased with the results:

Briarbird worked hard and provided us with a quality product, while coping with short timelines and limitedresources. The sensitivity which they showed towards our elderly veteran interviewees was to be particularly commended

Michelle Smith, Project Curator, Defence of Darwin Experience.