The Maryland Station Weather Record 1868-1897

Weather records from Maryland Station on the New South Wales – Queensland border (near “The Summit”) were located by William Oates, Archivist at the University of New England in 2016. This was the second major historic climate data set uncovered following the discovery of the extensive climate records of Algernon Henry Belfield from the Eversleigh … More The Maryland Station Weather Record 1868-1897

Life of George Muddle – Diary of a Ordinary Person in the Hunter Valley of the 1840s-1850s

  For the past twenty years, the Dudley Museum has held a xerox copy of a manuscript diary kept by George Muddle (1823-1889) documenting, in the main, his life as a servant worker on Charles Boydell’s estate Camerallyn, located between the Paterson and Allyn Rivers in the Hunter Region, on an almost daily basis from … More Life of George Muddle – Diary of a Ordinary Person in the Hunter Valley of the 1840s-1850s

“They sent me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter” – Book Launch

On Tuesday 31 July 2019, the publication “They sent me north: Female Convicts in the Hunter” compiled by Mel Woodford with Jan Richards, edited by Elizabeth James from the Newcastle Family History Society (NFHS) was launched at the Lovett Gallery, Newcastle Library. The book has many contributions by the descendants of female convicts and members … More “They sent me North: Female Convicts in the Hunter” – Book Launch

‘The Store’ Windows- Moon landing’s 50th Anniversary

To celebrate Apollo 11 Moon landing’s 50th Anniversary we are sharing photographs of ‘The Store’ display windows inspired by the landing and designed by Terry Stanmore. Newcastle knows how to celebrate in style! These photos are taken from the 1969 lunar-inspired Spring Fashion Opening at the Newcastle and Suburban Co-operative Society Ltd, known locally as … More ‘The Store’ Windows- Moon landing’s 50th Anniversary

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