Burragurra Revisited (2019) by W. J. Needham

After almost forty years since it was first published, Burragurra, a review of the Aboriginal relics in the Lower Hunter Valley, has been republished under the title Burragurra Revisited. Bill Needham, who published the first edition whilst teaching at Cessnock High School, has now long retired and so was able to devote considerable time to … More Burragurra Revisited (2019) by W. J. Needham

Floods in the Hunter: The full report, 1870

We have just digitised one of the University Library’s recent acquisitions – “Floods in the Hunter : report of Commission appointed to organise into and report respecting floods in the district of The Hunter River” by New South Wales. Hunter River Flood Commission, Sydney: Thomas Richards, Govt. Printer, 1870. It was prepared by Edward Orpen … More Floods in the Hunter: The full report, 1870

CMNS2035 Media Student Television Productions – 2019

During semester 1 of 2019, University of Newcastle’s CMNS2035 Media Production: Television, Students spent some time in the GLAMx Lab viewing historic footage from the NBN Television archive. Students were tasked with assisting with the archival process of viewing digitised old NBN Television footage and capturing ‘metadata’ associated with the historic footage held at the … More CMNS2035 Media Student Television Productions – 2019

Improving Access to Children’s Homes Records for Care Leavers in the Hunter Region

On Wednesday 22 May 2019 I attended a workshop at the University of Melbourne convened by the Find & Connect team. The Find & Connect site was established to bring together historical resources relating to institutional ‘care’ in Australia, so that care leavers could get help locating information and locate records relating to their childhoods … More Improving Access to Children’s Homes Records for Care Leavers in the Hunter Region

5,500 Place Names of Aboriginal and European Origin Across New South Wales Mapped in Google Earth

The full digitised manuscript of Canon Stretch’s “Toponomy:  Place Names of New South Wales, Their Origin, Meaning and Locality” (Archives Location: A9082 ) is here: https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/77235 Google Earth .KMZ File Containing 5,500 Aboriginal & European NSW Place Names http://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/assets/downloadwiz/235789 Google Earth .KMZ of Craigies’ Map http://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/assets/downloadwiz/235788 Please Note: Open both .KMZ files in the stand … More 5,500 Place Names of Aboriginal and European Origin Across New South Wales Mapped in Google Earth

‘Rob the Ranter’-Literary Life in Early Newcastle

By Ross Edmonds. The early decades of White colonisation in and around Newcastle were dominated by the struggle for survival. In these circumstances any form of culture was thin on the ground, nevertheless the desire of at least a few people for more than purely material gain had made itself felt as early as 1835. … More ‘Rob the Ranter’-Literary Life in Early Newcastle

George Wyndham’s Dalwood Cricket Team

George Wyndham’s Dalwood Cricket Team By Don Seton Wilkinson This photograph shows George Wyndham with his cricket team in the 1860s. The Maitland Mercury of 2 June 1863, reported a match between the Dalwood Eleven and Maitland United Eleven, won by Maitland, listing the Dalwood members as being: John Newman, W.Wyndham, Graham, Chas.Wyndham, G.Wyndham, King, … More George Wyndham’s Dalwood Cricket Team