Invitation to Newcastle on the Edge Open Air Exhibition

John Rae 1849 Panorama
John Rae 1849 Panorama

Newcastle on the Edge – Panoramic Visions of Newcastle on the Coquun Hunter River is an outdoor exhibition of seven (7) panoramas of Mulumbinba – Newcastle dating from the 1812 to the present.

The University of Newcastle will mark History Week with a stunning outdoor exhibition depicting the cultural transformation of the Newcastle Port to tie in with this year’s theme of ‘At the Water’s Edge’.

The exhibition is sponsored by the University of Newcastle’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences and  is a collaborative event involving the University, the Maritime Centre and the History Council of New South Wales.

The beautiful panoramas of early Newcastle will be officially launched on Saturday September 6th 2008 by Head of ABC1233 Radio and devoted lover of Novocastrian – Mulumbinban history Philip Ashley-Brown at 10am at the Maritime Centre Honeysuckle.

Newcastle on the Edge will be run at the Maritime Centre during History Week from Saturday 6 – Sunday 14 September 2008.

The exhibition will include:

Panel 1.
Browne 1812 60 x 202cm
Caption: Browne, T.R. (1776 – 1824). Newcastle, in New South Wales, with a distant view of Point Stephen,1812 and View of Hunters River, near Newcastle, New South Wales, 1812. Copper Engraving. Photographer: Bruce Turnbull. Courtesy Newcastle Region Art Gallery.

T.R. Browne's 1812 Panorama
T.R. Browne 1812 Panorama

360 Panoramas

Mr Michael Meany in visual arts has prepared a couple of 360 wrap around panoramic virtual views of the 1812 (Browne) and 1821 (Campbell) works for our online University’s Coal River Working Party site. These are two of the panoramas that will be on display for the ‘Newcastle on the Edge’ exhibition. Be sure to open them using the Quicktime viewer.

Browne, T.R. (1776 – 1824). View of Hunters River, near Newcastle, New South Wales. 1812; and Newcastle, in New South Wales, with a distant view of Point Stephen. 1812.
(316 KB) Copper Engraving. Photographer Bruce Turnbull. (Courtesy Newcastle Region Art Gallery)Presented as a complete Panorama identified by Mr Russell Rigby, and prepared as a 360 Quicktime Panorama by Mr Michael Meany.

Panel 2.
Newcastle 1818 60 x 152cm
Caption: Campbell, Sophia, 1777-1833. Sophia Campbell Sketchbook [1818?] Courtesy National Library of Australia.

Sophia Campbell's 1818 Panorama from Nobbys
Sophia Campbell 1818 Panorama from Nobbys

B. 10m long section

Panel 3.
Sophia Campbell 1821 (60 x 615cm)
Allan Chawner retro-photo-pan-graphic (2008) Sophia (60 x 615cm)
Caption: Panorama of Newcastle 1821. Panorama of Newcastle : watercolour drawings by Edward Close – Sophia Campbell. Courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

Sophia Campbell's 1821 Panorama
Sophia Campbell 1821 Panorama (360 wrap around)

Below the Aborigines is written

N.B. This Corrobory has no business here as it is never danced in the day-time. Taken at and finished in Newcastle on Hunters River. June 11th 1821.  E.C. Close


Full View Panorama
(1.35MB)
prepared as a 360 Quicktime Panorama by Mr Michael Meany. Be sure to view with the Quicktime Viewer for 360 effect.

Panel 4.

Rae Newcomon 1849 (60 x 436cm)
Caption: Rae, John, 1813-1900. Newcastle in 1849. Courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

John Rae 1849 Panorama


C. 5m long section

Panel 5.
Rae Photo 1878 (60 x 326cm)
Chawner retro-photo-pan-graphic (2008) Rae (60 x 326cm)

John Rae 1878 Photographic panorama
John Rae 1878 Photographic panorama

Caption: Rae, John, 1813-1900. [Panoramic photograph of Newcastle, 1878-1882, taken from Barker Street, possibly from The Obelisk] — 4 albumen photoprints. From Sketches in New South Wales in the olden time 1842 – 1859 by John Rae, M.A. / album of watercolour panoramas and photographs of watercolour sketches. Courtesy State Library of New South Wales.

Panel 6.
Acknowledgements

“Newcastle on the Edge” : Panoramic Visions of Newcastle on the Coquun – Hunter River
was kindly sponsored by the University of Newcastle’s School of Humanities & Social Sciences

Thanks to:

Associate Professor Allan Chawner
Cultural Collections of the University of Newcastle Library
Inter Library Loans Team of the University of Newcastle Library
History Week 2008 Committee: Ann Hardy, Evelyn King, Gionni Di Gravio, Dr Victoria Haskins.
History Council of New South Wales
The National Library of Australia
The Newcastle Maritime Centre
The Newcastle Region Art Gallery
The State Library of New South Wales
The University of Newcastle Coal River Working Party


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