File Description: In 1919 when the England to Australia air race was announced,
Darwin Airport was established in the suburb of Parap
to act as the Australian Terminal. It operated as two airports,
a civilian airport and a military field.
In 1945 the Department of Aviation made the existing
Darwin military airfield available for civil aviation purpose.
As a result, the civilian airport at Parap was closed down
and airport operations combined with the military airport.
Between 1950 and 1974 Darwin Airport acted as the primary
domestic and international airport for the Northern Territory
and a very important stop for airlines such as Qantas.