Smith Street Mall is one of Darwin's shopping destinations. The Mall, as is is known to locals, has shops, cafes and a children's playground. But not many people know that there are some historical facts about Darwin scattered around the Mall.
Plaque contain some history of Darwin
Next time you go to the Mall, put your head down and see some historical information plaques on the ground along the pedestrian walk way from the Knuckey Street entrance to the Bennet Street entrance. Follow these plaques and you can learn some interesting stories about Darwin, such as The "great hurricane" that struck Darwin in 1897, the arrival of the first Chinese people in 1874, the discovery of pearl shells in Darwin harbour in 1884, and much more.
Star Village Arcade at the Mall
Old projector at Star Village Arcade
You can also find some landmark and heritage buildings along Smith Street Mall. Halfway down the Mall, is the oldest pub in Darwin, the former Victoria Hotel. Victoria Hotel was badly damaged by cyclones in 1897, 1937 and 1974 but on each occasion was restored to its colonial splendour again. Opposite the former Victoria Hotel is the Star Village Arcade, which used to house the old open-air Star Theatre. You can find photos and some bits and pieces that were used when Star Theatre was fully operated, such as the old projector. At the end of Bennett Street entrance to the Mall, you can find Paspaley Pearls building. This building was originally used by the Commercial Bank.
Statue of John McDouall Stuart
The Water Bearer statue
You can also find statues around the Mall. At Raintree Park at the Knuckey Street entrance, is a statue of John Mc Dougall Stuart, the explorer who undertook his camel expedition from 30th September 1987 to 1st January 1988 from Darwin to Adelaide. In the middle of the Mall, you can find another statue. This statue is a beautiful work of scluptor Irene Kokkinos, featuring the water bearer from Kalymnos.
Beautiful tiles contain some of Darwin history
Darwin bombing plaque
There are more historical facts about Darwin that you can find at the Mall. Beautiful tiles along one of benches under a tree, a plaque about the Darwin Bombing, and spinning wheels about seasons in Darwin, are amongst other interesting mementos
Come and have a stroll down the Mall. You will learn a lot about the history of Darwin.