NEWYhistory App

  The NEWYhistory App is available to Download for FREE on GOOGLE PLAY or APPLE STORE .

Jarred Casely and Vera Deacon cutting the cake, Siobhan Curran in background.
Mark Sutherland presenting Certificate of Appreciation to App Developer Jarred Casely

The NEWYhistory App was officially launched at NewSpace Campus on Monday 6th November at the Hunter Living Histories meeting.

In March 2017 Jarred Casely (UON educ. student) was engaged on the project and created the digital architecture for the app. We thank Jarred for his professionalism and technical expertise in getting the App to completion. We also thank Beau Hardy (UON vis comm student) for designing the NEWYhistory logo.

Vera Deacon and Jarred Casely cutting the launch cake.

“Newcastle has many historic themes and items and we believe that the ‘Lost Newcastle’ App will be an exciting digital product and a first for the National Trust (NSW). To cover the cost of the software licensing fee both the University of Newcastle and the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund have contributed to get the project off the ground for which we are very grateful” – Dr Hardy said.

We would also like to thank Siobhan Curran and Carol Duncan who proposed the idea of a Newcastle history app several years ago.

If you would like to donate to the Vera Deacon History Fund or have ideas about future history apps please contact us.

Researchers at the University of Newcastle’s Hunter Living Histories Initiative (HHI) have prepared biographies and histories of Newcastle. The National Trust of Australia (NSW) celebrates Newcastle’s (living) histories through the NEWYhistory App, bringing history to life through digital mobile media. Newcastle is a hidden gem with a rich human history dating back 50,000 years, and a tradition of work, play and progress at its heart. The city has been a key player as the ‘engine room’ of Australia. This app will help you uncover the keys to Newcastle’s amazing stories through its cultural and built landscape.
An initiative of University researcher Dr Ann Hardy, who, as former Secretary of the Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust of Australia (HRCNT), spent several years fundraising for a “Lost Newcastle App” to be produced that would include the historic places of Newcastle. The App was inspired by the ‘Lost Melbourne App’ developed by the National Trust (Victoria) and after consultation named NEWYhistory app.

We thank the University Librarian, Mr Greg Anderson, for providing the in kind support of the Auchmuty Library’s Cultural Collections as a base to work on the histories and consult the University’s vast collections of historical resources.

Digital media is a terrific way to connect with the community, to share the region’s history and the University’s rich archival material held in its Cultural Collections.

Thanks to everyone who has been involved in this exciting initiative, including contributors from the community and other cultural institutions.


  • University of Newcastle Library
  • Newcastle Region Library
  • State Library of NSW
  • State Library of Victoria
  • State Archives NSW
  • Lost Newcastle Facebook

Ann Hardy
Co-ordinator of the GLAMx Living Histories Digitisation Lab

4 thoughts on “NEWYhistory App

  1. As an 85 year old Newcastle resident, I really do not subscribe to the title of Newy being used. This name has only seemed to appear in the last few years. Personally I much prefer the full title.

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