Historic Return of Newcastle Treasures for Exhibition

Invitation to Celebrating the Early History of Newcastle Event

On Friday 26th October 2012 a public announcement was made by Dr Alex Byrne of the NSW State Library, relating to the exciting news that the artistic treasures of early Newcastle would make their historic return to the City for the first time in over 195 years.

The forthcoming “Treasures of Newcastle from the Macquarie Era Exhibition”, scheduled for 2 March to 5 May 2013, will see the return of the Macquarie Collector’s Chest, Wallis Album and Edward Charles Close Panorama, among many other artistic and historic treasures created in Newcastle almost two centuries ago.

The treasures are of immense significance to the people of Newcastle and the Hunter Region, and also of national and international significance in terms of the cultural evolution of the Australian people.

The Exhibition is being made possible through the collaboration of the Newcastle Region Art Gallery and The State Library of NSW with the generous support of Noble Resources. We are delighted with all the people that have made this happen. We applaud their efforts.

The video above was recorded by Gionni Di Gravio at the Event, which was held at the Fort Scratchley Historic Site Centre, and features the following speakers:

Mr Shane Frost – Managing Director – Awabakal Descendants Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation

Dr Alex Byrne – NSW State Librarian and Chief Executive

Mr Ron Ramsay – Director Newcastle Art Gallery

Cr Jeff McCloy – Lord Mayor of Newcastle

Click to examine higher resolution image of this view from The Wallis Album (reproduced for Event Invitation)


Illustration of a John Dory from the Wallis Album.

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