Tiwi Heroes: World War Two Encounters


The islands of the Tiwi people sit in the Arafura Sea to Darwin’s north. During World War Two, the Tiwi Islands were deemed essential to defending Darwin from Japanese attack.

Throughout the war, Tiwi people contributed significantly to Australia’s military defence.

This online story demonstrates the important contribution Tiwi people made to the Australian war effort.

This story has been developed in collaboration with Tiwi cultural advisor Marie Munkara and with the support and guidance of the Tiwi Land Council, the Patakijiyali Museum, the Muluwurri Museum and other senior Tiwi translators and cultural advisors.