Agnes Bridget/Beatrice Mary Hayes was born in 1853 in Tipperary, Ireland. She came to Australia on 29th April 1854 as an assisted immigrant on the “Merchantman” with her parents Cornelius Hayes and Honora Hayes (nee Kennedy), with three siblings; Mary Ann, Honoria, and Joseph. By 1856 the Hayes family were living in Maitland N.S.W and … More Miss Hayes and The Great Northern Hotel Album
Fraternal Societies – Secretive, Biblical and Fantastic Show-Offs By Dr Bob James [This is a the web version of a presentation delivered at the meeting of the Hunter Living Histories, 1 April 2019 at NewSpace] I’m supposed to start with a joke. This is the best I can do.  Please note my web site … More Fraternal Societies – Secretive, Biblical and Fantastic Show-Offs
BORDEAUX WINE EXHIBITION 1882 Questions to be answered by Exhibitor Exhibitors were required to answer a series of questions about their vineyard’s original vegetation, soils, site, age of vines, vine varieties, wines produced, production costs, prices, awards and vineyard history. John Wyndham’s answers provide a rare, incredibly detailed, valuable, and hitherto unrevealed insight into the … More John Wyndham on Dalwood for the Bordeaux Wine Exhibition (1882)
This is a linen copy of the Jeffries 1816 chart held in the State Library of New South Wales. The original is held in the Hydrographic Office, Taunton United Kingdom, under the following title: E186 Aust Folio 1 Part of the hunters River, 1816 (High Street, (Watt St) Lighthouse (Beacon) also three mine entrances … More Part of Hunter’s River: (or the Coal River) surveyed by Lieutenant Charles Jeffries, Commander of H. M. G. Brig. Kangaroo.
Daguerreotype photography The daguerreotype was the first practical method of taking a lasting image and was available to the public in 1839. The process was invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, a French artist and a chemist who based it on Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s process of heliography (sun drawing), a French inventor, who is credited as the … More Ancestor to the modern ‘Selfie’
To Sustain the Hunter, We Must Know the Hunter 2008 Presentation of The UON’s Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment Provided by Dr Karel Grezel. It all began around 200 million years ago……. • Our piece of the earth’s crust was located around 70 degrees South latitude as part of Gondwana, the great southern land … More Know Your Hunter Region
What is the earliest photograph ever taken in the Hunter Region? The photograph above was taken by Elijah Hart and, as part of a set of four images, is dated to 1857 according to the State Library of Victoria. It appeared to be one of the earliest photographs ever taken in the Hunter Region, until … More The Hunter Region’s earliest photograph?
The State Library of Victoria holds a set of photographs by Elijah Hart (c.1821-1893) depicting Maitland (N.S.W) and which they date to 1857 located at http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/86377 Researcher Mr Peter F. Smith has provided evidence that all four images could not date from 1857, but probably date, at the earliest, from the 1864 to 1870 Maitland … More Maitland Flood Scenes Photographed by Elijah Hart (1864-1870?)
Pen and Pencil Sketches on the Hunter. BY OUR SPECIAL ARTIST. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63621861 In a recent issue we gave some account of Newcastle, together with a coloured bird’s-eye view of that place. The present article, from the pen of a chatty writer, is descriptive of the country beyond the City of Coal, will … More Pen and Pencil Sketches on the Hunter by a Chatty Writer (1889)
The Vera Deacon Regional History Fund is our employment fund established in 2008 in honour of the generosity of Mrs Vera Deacon. Since 2008, close to a hundred donors have joined Vera, in donating to the Fund, and have provided paid employment to our student and community volunteers, who come in every week to work … More The Vera Deacon Regional History Fund