The History Channel (through WTFN Productions in Melbourne) is currently in pre-production for ten (10) half hour TV shows entitled “Tony Robinson Walks.” This TV series will identify little known compelling stories illustrating our unique Australian character and feature Tony Robinson, star of the Time Team, The Worst Jobs in History, and Blitz Street.
Newcastle has been identified as the subject for one of the TV Shows, and potential sites and stories include a walking tour through: Nobbys, Macquarie Pier and archaeological dig, Fort Scratchley and the convict coal mines, Christ Church Cathedral and cemetery, James Fletcher Hospital site, Rose Cottage, Cornish Docks and the Star Hotel.
A meeting was convened by The Lord Mayor on Wednesday 28th September 2011 from 1pm – 3pm to gather together all agencies and organisations who either own or control any one or more of these sites. It was held in The Lord Mayor’s Reception Room Level 2 Town Hall.
The meeting discussed the filming project including individual agency approvals/requirements.
It was proposed that Screen Hunter co-ordinate all filming approvals and act as a central contact point for the Project. Annette Hubber (Manager, Screen Hunter) attended the meeting.
The Meeting Agenda was as follows:
* Sites and draft storyline
* Filming approvals (Screen Hunter)
* General event logistics (access/parking/crowd control etc)
* Excavation approvals
* Media Announcements
* Other Requirements (general discussion)
This an exciting opportunity for Newcastle and its history to be showcased worldwide. Your assistance and co-operation in this project would be greatly appreciated.
A listing of Attendees:
Lord Mayor, Cr John Tate – Facilitator
Gionni DiGravio (University Archivist and Chair CRWP, University of Newcastle)
Keith Southall (Crown Lands)
Ann Hardy (Secretary Hunter Region Branch National Trust and University of Newcastle)
Keith Powell (Newcastle Port Corporation)
Kaitlyn Sheppard (Newcastle Port Corporation)
Dean Dr James Rigney (Christ Church Cathedral)
Dr Rosemary Barnard (Christ Church Cathedral)
Graham Harding (or representative) Crown Lands
Annette Hubber (Screen Hunter)
Ros Kerr (Geologist, CRWP)
Susan Effenberger (Crown Lands Representatives CRWP)
Bill Nethery (Senior Advisor Heritage Branch)
Tim Smith (Deputy Director Heritage Branch)
Sophie Mill (Representative from Tim Owen’s Office )
John Waring (Livesites)
Brent Randall (City of Newcastle)
Garry Hazell (Marketing Co-ordinator, NCC)
Emeritus Professor John Fryer (CRWP University of Newcastle Surveying)
Melanie Patfield (CRWP)
Jude Constable (General Manager for Hunter New England Mental Health – James Fletcher site)
Allan Walker (Site Manager – James Fletcher Site)
Bronwyn Orrock (Christ Church Cathedral)
Aunty Nola Hawken, Kerrie Brauer and Dene Hawken – Awabakal Tradition Owners Aboriginal Corporation (ATOAC)
Sarah Cameron (Heritage Officer City of Newcastle)
Wendy Badger (Landscape Architect City of Newcastle )
Copy of Powerpoint Presented by Emeritus Professor John Fryer (CRWP)