3D Virtual Newcastle – What Charles and Vera Achieved in 34 days of 2013

Overall view of the landscape of colonial Newcastle in 1818 (Artwork by Charles Martin)
Overall view of the landscape of colonial Newcastle in 1818 (Artwork by Charles Martin)

At the first meeting of the Coal River Working Party for this year, held on the 3rd of February, 3D Virtual Newcastle creator Charles Martin gave University benefactor Vera Deacon, a presentation on the progress to date on the the 3D model of early Newcastle.

Cultural Collections in the Auchmuty Library were able to provide Charles with 34 days of paid work thanks to the generosity of the University Foundation’s Vera Deacon Regional History Fund, set up in 2008 in Vera’s honour. Vera does not have much access to the internet, so Charles was able to produce (with the assistance of EJE Architecture) with a printed book containing all the illustrations in the presentation.

Charles Martin with Vera Deacon and copy of presentation, 3rd February 2014.
Charles Martin with Vera Deacon and copy of presentation, 3rd February 2014.

The presentation provided an over view of the initial work and methodology used in constructing the 3D model of early Aboriginal and Colonial Newcastle, up until 1830. Charles began work on the model in November 2012, and from August to December was employed 2 days per week continuing to add detail and features to the landscape, with special attention to the years 1818 to 1830.

Christ Church and surrounding landscape 1818 (3D Art by Charles Martin)
Christ Church and surrounding landscape 1818 (3D Art by Charles Martin)
Sir Thomas Mitchell's 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013.
Sir Thomas Mitchell’s 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013.
Newcastle Goal, once overlooking Newcastle Ocean Baths rendered by Charles Martin 2013
Newcastle Goal, once overlooking Newcastle Ocean Baths rendered by Charles Martin 2013
Convict Lumber Yard rendered by Charles Martin 2013
Convict Lumber Yard rendered by Charles Martin 2013

A copy of the entire presentation can be downloaded here: Newcastle 1818 – 1830 by Charles Martin (30MB PDF)

Download a copy of presentation (30MB PDF)
Click Image to Download a copy of presentation (30MB PDF)

12 thoughts on “3D Virtual Newcastle – What Charles and Vera Achieved in 34 days of 2013

    1. Charles’ work has developed exponentially! We on Coal River Working Party have watched it from embryonic start to this wonderful and robust growing brain-child!! Vera is proud of her Cultural Offspring, I know! Can all schools be alerted to this site and project so that word will spread?
      Best
      Marilla North

      1. I’m an industrial & landscape designer/artist with an interest in local history and producing high quality rendered graphics with Google Earth, Photoshop and SketchUp.

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