After two days in Darwin doing nothing really - resting and shopping -
today, Wednesday, we went out to explore.
First, we downloaded a song from itunes 'Santa never made it into
Darwin' and listened to it a few times over breakfast and did a study
on Ephesians 2:10-22.
Then we headed to the WAECO dealer (Berrimah Airconditioning) as our
portable fridge still hadn't been repaired (despite taking it in first
thing on Monday). They had just started to look at it this morning
and had got as far as establishing that the on/off switch wasn't
We headed then to the Darwin Museum and Art Gallery and this was
really interesting. We particularly wanted to see the Museum's
Cyclone Tracey exhibition (as most of the other museum's content had
been covered in other places).
We spent a fascinating few hours at the Darwin Museum. The exhibit
had three main features. First, A newsreel from the morning after the
exhibit. Second, a five part feature: 1940's darwin, darwin just
before the cyclone, an audio tape of the cyclone, Darwin the morning
after the cyclone, Darwin five years after the cyclone. Third, lots
and lots and lots of photos.
At the gift shop I saw the above book on the Chinese experience in the
Northern Territory. I was appalled to read of a 1875 sign in
Queensland: 'No dogs, chinese or aborigines in this park.'
Then lunch looking over Fannie Bay (it was actually exciting to be
looking at an ocean off the coast of Australia facing north). Then we
went and looked at the main tourist shopping strip of Darwin.
Back to the WAECO dealer who had established that we needed a new
circuit board for the on off switch and had ordered it from WAECO. It
is not clear whether this will arrive before we leave Darwin or not.
And it's not clear if this will solve all our problems with the fridge
(i.e. make it go) or not.