Healthy Cultures: Healthy Communities – a multi-disciplinary approach to heritage and well-being

Cover Image courtesy:  Tantrum Youth Arts  –   ‘Stories in Our Steps’ performed in 2015 (about Newcastle Industrial Girls’ School 1867-71) NEW AND EMERGING CHALLENGES TO HERITAGE AND WELL-BEING ~ a one day conference at Griffith University QLD ~ November 23, 2016 This paper spoke about the UON’s Hunter (Living) Histories Initiative (HHI), and the … More Healthy Cultures: Healthy Communities – a multi-disciplinary approach to heritage and well-being

Walking Tours- Living Newcastle’s History

On Sunday 13 November 2016 the Crime & punishment Walk and Radical Newcastle walks were held in Newcastle. These pilot walks are an initiative of The Centre of 21st Century Humanities and Global Newcastle Network, supported by UON Library’s Cultural Collection. The walks were developed and led by UON historians Dr Nancy Cushing and Dr … More Walking Tours- Living Newcastle’s History

Carrington Pump House

The illustrations above come from Thesis 608 held in the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library). John Gibson was on 1233 ABC Radio this morning (8 October 2016) announcing the heritage nomination for the Carrington Pumphouse and the historic hydraulic works established in Newcastle in 1877. We were surprised to find that it had … More Carrington Pump House

The Digital Panopticon – Reassembling Australia’s Convict Archive Online

This presentation by Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart at the 2015 National Conference of the Australian Society of Archivists was one of the most exciting and thought provoking explorations of what can be done with archival records and modern digital technology. A trans-disciplinary collaboration of archivists, historians, IT experts, community organisations and volunteers. Keynote Address 2 by … More The Digital Panopticon – Reassembling Australia’s Convict Archive Online

COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: JOHNNY’S GONE MAD AGAIN

CASE 9: JOHNNY’S GONE MAD AGAIN By the late 1800s, Newcastle was trading with San Francisco, South America and Europe and the port’s internationalism made it a volatile, if predictable, crime locus for drunken fighting, standover gangs, escaping convicts, prostitution and shanghaiing. While the city administrated the huge working population of miners, tradesmen and port … More COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: JOHNNY’S GONE MAD AGAIN