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
Over the past weeks we have been uploading high resolution digital scans of selected stories and illustrations relating to the Hunter Region from the microfilm copies The Illustrated Sydney News. These scans were done during 2009-2010 and most have been digitised and available through the newspapers on TROVE. The article “Our Supplement: Maitland,”, originally published … More Maitland in 1878
THE NEW RAILWAY BRIDGE ACROSS THE HUNTER AT ABERDEEN. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63618476 This great engineering work was from the design of Mr. J. Whitton, Chief Engineer for Railways, and was carried out under the supervision of Mr. W. B. Wade, district engineer for the Great Northern line. The bridge consists of three spans of 159 feet … More The New Railway Bridge Across The Hunter At Aberdeen (1872)
FLOODS IN THE HUNTER. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63617590 DURING the late extraordinary weather, Maitland and its vicinity has been the scene of numerous disastrous floods. The frequent lulls in the downpour of rain, however temporary, were sufficient to lead the inhabitants to hope that time would be given for the waters to abate before the damage … More Floods in the Hunter (1870)
Digitised by Gionni Di Gravio from the microfilm in 2009.
Russell Rigby has identified a number of sketches by artist G.F. Angus. The sketch below by G. F. Angas in the NLA collection (http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an2879016) shows the Australian Agricultural Company B & C pits, with wagons on the railway incline from C Pit. The row of pit houses near the lower (B) pit are shown on … More Sketches of Newcastle by George French Angas (1822-1886)
Dr Jim Wafer recently came across some material held by State Archive and Records New South Wales (SARA) consisting of three survey maps of sections of Lake Macquarie, drawn by surveyor J. Ralfe in 1829. One of the maps includes Reverend Lancelot Threlkeld’s farm. They appear to have been digitised from microfilm copies. We have … More Lake Macquarie Surveys 1829