On the 27th September 2012 the announcement was made that both the Newcastle Town Hall and Civic Theatre complex would be listed on the New South Wales Heritage Register.
Both buildings were designed by architect Henry Eli White (1875-1952), and were the greatest achievement of visionary Mayor of Newcastle from 1924-25 Alderman Morris Light (1859-1929). He never lived to see either building opened. For more info: http://uoncc.wordpress.com/2008/09/11/what-to-look-for-in-a-mayor/
The Newcastle Town Hall was inspired by design elements of two of the greatest wonders of the ancient world, The Pharos Lighthouse of Alexandria and the Mausaleum of Halicarnassis.
The announcement was made by The Hon Robyn Parker, NSW Minister for Heritage in the presence of Professor Lawrence Nield, Chair of the NSW Heritage Council and Professor in our University of Newcastle’s School of Architecture, Councillor Jeff McCloy – Lord Mayor of Newcastle and Mr Tim Owen, NSW Member for Newcastle.
Details of the NSW Heritage Listings are here:
Newcastle Town Hall: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID…
Civic Theatre complex: http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/heritageapp/ViewHeritageItemDetails.aspx?ID…
The event was recorded on an iphone by Mr Gionni Di Gravio, University Archivist and Chair of the Coal River Working Party at the University of Newcastle (Australia).