Duty with Honour – The War Service of L/Sgt Max Arkell

Max Kenneth Dick Arkell, a Newcastle man, enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force on the 13th of July 1915 at Liverpool, NSW. As a Private in the 30th Battalion (Newcastle’s Own),  he undertook formal training at Holsworthy Barracks. Embarking at Circular Quay on the 9th of November, Max sailed on the Troopship HMAT Beltana for … More Duty with Honour – The War Service of L/Sgt Max Arkell

“M.E.H.”, Rob the Ranter’s Adored Poet

  By Louise Gale In Ross Edmonds’ post of 14 May 2019 on “Rob the Ranter” (1), he discusses the anonymous “Rob’s” contribution to the cultural life of Newcastle in 1861, and mentions Rob’s literary fellows: three equally anonymous poets who used only their initials in their contributions to the Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River … More “M.E.H.”, Rob the Ranter’s Adored Poet

RADICALS, RENEGADES & REVOLUTIONARIES

The following ‘Radicals, Renegades and Revolutionaries’ were part of the ‘RAD Newcastle Exhibition – Newcastle & the Hunter through a radical lens’. The exhibition was held at Newcastle Museum in June-August 2017. The Radical Newcastle project was an initiative of the University of Newcastle’s School of Humanities and Social Science and is supported by the … More RADICALS, RENEGADES & REVOLUTIONARIES

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