O’Keeffe House

O’Keeffe House was intended as a recreation hut, built by the army in World War II, but became the Officer’s mess. It was a simple structure with the walls and ceilings made from bark, cypress pine, flywire and the roof from corrugated iron. The floor was local aggregate and concrete. When the war ended the shortage of housing was immense and most people in Katherine scraped together homes from whatever materials were left behind by the army.  It is one of the few structures from the war to have survived in the Katherine region.

In 1963, Johnno and Olive O’Keeffe purchased what would become known as O’Keeffe House. Johnno turned out to be an excellent handyman, making furniture from all sorts of scrap and territory timbers.  Olive loved her garden, so between them they made their own little paradise between the trees on the banks of the Katherine River.


Plan your Visit

O’Keeffe House


Lot 2019 Riverbank Drive Katherine 0870 NT


Open seasonally Saturday 9am to 12noon, and Wednesday 10am to 2pm


End of September to the beginning of May

Entry Fees:

$5 per person, children free