Alice Springs

Alice Springs
/æləs ˈsprɪŋz/ (say aluhs 'springz)

a town in central Australia in the southern part of the NT; on the Todd River and on a plain in the MacDonnell Ranges; surveyed in 1888 and officially called Stuart until 1933.
Also, Colloquial, the Alice. {named after Alice Todd, wife of Sir Charles Todd}
The Arrernte people are the traditional inhabitants of this area. In 1871 an Overland Telegraph station named Alice Springs was built at a waterhole to the north of the present town and became the focal point for a small community as cattle runs were established. Following gold finds in the MacDonnell Ranges a settlement took shape at the present town site and was surveyed as a railhead. The town of Stuart, named after explorer John McDouall Stuart, was established in 1889 and grew after further gold discoveries in 1902. From 1916 Stuart became a base for the Australian Inland Mission and in 1928 for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. From 1927 to 1931 it served as administrative headquarters for Central Australia while a separate territory. Completion of the rail link from Adelaide via Oodnadatta in 1929 marked the beginning of tourism and led to increased development. Renamed Alice Springs in 1933, the town served as a military base and administrative headquarters for the NT during World War II, and in 1943 the road to Darwin was sealed as a strategic route. In 1951 the School of the Air began operating. Tourism has now become a key industry, and the town is also a major centre for the surrounding mining, pastoralist and indigenous communities. The railway line from Alice Springs to Darwin was completed in 2003; the service began in 2004.

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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