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Lyons Cottage

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Since its construction in 1925, Lyons Cottage has undergone several transformations and seen its fair share of historical events that have challenged its foundations. The cottage is a stone bungalow built in the British colonial style that was frequently seen in Singapore, India and Malaya. It began life as a the home of staff of the British Australian Telegraph Company, but following WWII it was used as the Mayor of Darwin - John Lyons’ residence. The cottage was built from locally quarried porcelanite and was one of the first stone residences constructed in the city. Constructing from stone may have been a good choice, since nowadays it is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city - having braved 64 air raids and bombings during World War II and the devastating Cyclone Tracy that flattened just about the rest of Darwin in 1974.


Visiting Lyons Cottage these days offers you the chance to see photos from Darwin’s past as well as exhibitions that relate to the history and cultural development of the city specifically and the region as a whole. The cottage is located on the corner of the Esplanade and Knuckey Street, Darwin and is free to visit. Its opening hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm and Weekends and public holidays between 9am and 1pm. This Darwin tourist attraction will not take too much time out from your itinerary, but it is well worthwhile visiting to glimpse a part of the city’s history that is barely visible these days thanks to the ravages of extreme weather and war that took their toll in the 20th century.


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