OAM Investiture Nationally Recognises University Service to Regional Histories

Mr Gionni Di Gravio, University Archivist, was awarded the Order of Australia Medal at the beginning of the year. But COVID restrictions delayed the official Investiture Ceremony until recently. We are delighted to report that his Investiture Ceremony was celebrated at Government House Sydney on the 9th September 2020 at 4pm. A recording of the … More OAM Investiture Nationally Recognises University Service to Regional Histories

After Wards: From Patients to Participants – Community mental health services in Newcastle, NSW 1967 – 1987

By PhD Candidate in History, Robyn Dunlop The theme of October 2020’s NSW Mental Health Month is “tune in”: tune in to what’s happening within you, and in the world around you. I am a PhD candidate in History, researching the development of community mental health services in Newcastle, NSW. Newcastle was a significant location … More After Wards: From Patients to Participants – Community mental health services in Newcastle, NSW 1967 – 1987

Jens Christensen (1893-1981) Lake Macquarie Film Maker

THE FILM ARCHIVES OF JENS CHRISTENSEN (1893-1981) LAKE MACQUARIE FILM MAKER An Archive Listing of the Super 8 and Standard 8 Films of Jens Christensen (1893-1981). Donated to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Archives) by his daughters Betty Williams and Norma Clark in March 2011. Accessioned: March 2012 by Sharon Mee.   BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE … More Jens Christensen (1893-1981) Lake Macquarie Film Maker

The Varied and Forgotten History of ‘Croudace House’ in New Lambton, Newcastle

By Thomas Sharples. (Edited by Dr Ann Hardy) I am currently working on a commissioned project looking at the history of ‘Croudace House’, a building first erected in 1863 to house the Lambton mine manager, Thomas Croudace, and his family. “The works appear well and effectually managed by Mr. Thomas Croudace, whose house is situated … More The Varied and Forgotten History of ‘Croudace House’ in New Lambton, Newcastle

“Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories & Joseph Lycett

Last week Tony and I were invited by Richard Neville (Mitchell Librarian, Director Engagement) to the vault at the Mitchell Library to film and talk about 3 extraordinary artifacts associated with Newcastle’s history. Firstly, Macquarie’s Chest, one of two commissioned by Commander Wallis in 1819 to curry favour with Govenor Macquarie, such a gorgeous and … More “Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories & Joseph Lycett

Hunter Valley Climate Data: Wollong (near Mount Vincent) N.S.W. (1891-1907)

DOWNLOAD – Wollong Combined Converted V4 KT Master File Metric Only [DOWNLOAD 1.2MB XLSX FILE) The scientific transcription of the Wollong (New South Wales) data set has been completed.  The spreadsheet is available for download above, and the metadata description is available below. These are the first of the historic Hunter Valley Weather Records that … More Hunter Valley Climate Data: Wollong (near Mount Vincent) N.S.W. (1891-1907)

“Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories

By Glenn Dormand Visit storiesofourtown.com  It was such a joy to hang out with Prof John Maynard last week to get a fascinating insight into the work of Joseph Lycett. John, a proud Worimi man wrote True Light and Shade: An Aboriginal Perspective of Joseph Lycett’s Art and I can’t recommend it enough.  It is … More “Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories

McMullin Building Stories: Final Resting Place of Emeritus Professor Godfrey Tanner, McMullin Courtyard, 2003

WARNING: Clergy Abuse survivors, victims and their families are warned that the following historic post contains images and descriptions of a convicted perpetrator that may cause distress.   From: “News from the Underworld of Archives for January-June 2003”: On the 10th July 2003 at 10am there will be a small ceremony in the McMullin Courtyard … More McMullin Building Stories: Final Resting Place of Emeritus Professor Godfrey Tanner, McMullin Courtyard, 2003

Stories of Our Town: Scott Sisters of Ash Island Film Released

We are very proud to announce the public release of “The Scott Sisters of Ash Island”, part of the Stories of Our Town series. Back in April 2020, in the midst of the COVID lockdown, the UON’s Cultural Collections/GLAMx team (in the Auchmuty Library) and its film maker partners Glenn Dormand (aka Chit Chat von … More Stories of Our Town: Scott Sisters of Ash Island Film Released