Hunter Living Histories Meeting – 1 November 2021

Acknowledgement to Country

The Chair delivered an acknowledgement of country.

This work is conducted in memory, and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land.


  • Newcastle Time Ball – Associate Prof Nancy Cushing (University of Newcastle) PRESENTATION HERE
  • How to use NOVA open access repository -Jennifer Skulander (Research Liaison Librarian) PRESENTATION HERE
  • Perkins Street Boat Harbour Wall – Tim Adams (archaeologist) PRESENTATION HERE



  • Congratulations to Jeffrey Freeman who has been shortlisted for Work Integrated Learning Student of the Year Award and ‘Umwelt’ for Work Integrated Learning Hall of Fame Award – Large Employer. Further information is HERE.


  • WHERE- Seen@Swansea, 228-234 Pacific Highway, Swansea 2281
  • WHEN: From Wednesday 27th October 2021 until Sunday 5th December 2021 (Note – WEDNESDAY TO SUNDAY ONLY). Exhibition Times: 10am till 2pm
  • Parking – Wood Street car-park, directly behind the Swansea Centre
  • NOTE: There will be a former Morisset Hospital Registered Nurse on duty every day to help guide your tour and answer any ‘YOU CAN’T ASK THAT’ QUESTIONS’ you may have.

THE BOOK LAUNCH – ‘A Private World on a Nameless Bay – a History of Morisset Hospital’ (2nd Edition)

  • WHEN: 19th November 2021 at 10am
  • WHERE: Lake Room, ground floor of the Swansea Centre.
  • Due to COVID restrictions, there are limited tickets available to attend the launch.
  • To book, go to and ‘search’  ‘LIGHT ON MORISSET’
  • Please note visitors to this venue are required to COMPLY WITH ALL NSW PUBLIC HEALTH ORDERS, including proof of full covid-19 vaccination and masks required at all times, unless medical exceptions can be shown.
  • The first edition of the history of Morisset Hospital was published 21 years ago, sold for $25. That book had 192 pages with 83 photos. This spiral-bound 282 page second edition has 206 photos, including photos of the original gate, gatekeeper’s cottage and inside forensic units. 16 pages on forensic units, including plans of Wards 21 & 22.
  • The first 300 copies ordered will be $40 per book, order now as, once sold, further copies will be $50. The only retail outlet will be Morisset Square Newsagency where books will be $50.
  • To reserve a copy at $40, please email with your name, phone number and email address. Payment, pickup/delivery details will be notified by reply to your email.

Wyong & Districts Anglican Church Records 1838 – 1987 Digital Project

  • INVITATION to the launch of Wyong & Districts Anglican Church Records 1838 – 1987 digital project
  • WHEN: Wednesday 1st December 2021 at 2.00 pm, Wyong Family History Group Inc. will be launching a number of new publications including the Anglican Church Records digital resource. This event will be held at our Research Rooms which are located in Building 9, 6 Rankens Court, Wyong (car parking entry via the old school yard).
    mob: 0437591074

New Book –  Spirit of Place : Aboriginal Sites of the Hunter Region

Spirit of Place : Aboriginal Sites of the Hunter Region ISBN 978 0 646 82952 4
Copyright ©Warren Taggart 2021. Published by Allan Chawner and Carol Carter

  • This book celebrates Aboriginal cultural heritage in the upper Hunter Region with art sites from Wonnarua country and the surrounding lands. Warren Taggart, Wonnarua elder, writes about his background and connection to country in the introduction to the book. He leads a group who have been documenting rock art sites in the region over many years.
  • The book has a preface by Professor John Maynard, a Worimi man who was the Chair of Aboriginal History at the University of Newcastle (now retired).
  • There is an essay describing the rock art of the region by archaeologist Dr Jillian Huntly. She lived in Wonnarua country during her teens, attending Singleton High School. Jillian now works for the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research in the area of rock art conservation and management.
  • The book is filled with photographs of cave art sites, rock engravings, stone formation sites and the beautiful landscapes of the Yengo and Wollemi National Park. Many of the engravings have been photographed at night so the detail of the engraving marks can be seen more easily. Photographers Allan Chawner and Carol Carter have created these photographs.
  • The book has been made to increase awareness of the importance of the Hunter region as an area of significant Aboriginal heritage. The location and names of the majority of sites is not included so that sites can be protected.
  • Preview available here:


The Paterson Historical Society is hosting a Book Launch ‘Woodville Uncovered’ at Woodville School of Arts, 4-6pm, Sunday 21 November 2021.  (Further Information HERE) (Dr Brian Walsh)


Open access week – Decolonising Digital Collections: a community-led approach
Decolonising Digital Collections: a community-led approach 

United Services Club Call for Assistance.

We are especially interested in the following: (Sue Britton)

  1. Labeling. We have managed to catalogue the collection, thanks to Janet A., but now need extensive assistance to label all items with their accession number. This is protracted work that requires accuracy but is a simple process we will explain to volunteers.
  2. Storage. We are in dire need of storage for archived items. Any group offering older storage items as they replace them, would be friends for life! We currently have a number of photographs that need correct storage – even a map drawer would help. Is the group aware of a storage facility that may “donate” a storage area? Or a furniture exchange.
  3. Significance Assessment/Valuation. We also want to store items correctly. As we have so many, we wonder if anyone is available to help us assess those items that are valuable and need to be dealt with ASAP. This will also help us with insurance and valuing the collection.
  4. Grants. I am aware of the grants section of the Newcastle Council website but wonder if anyone has found a particularly useful site, grants body or sponsor?
  5. Collection/ Museum Training for the committee would be useful. This is especially the case with preservation and conservation as well as IT. We did have a connection with the Singleton Artillery Museum but he has since moved on.
  6. Gaps. Identifying gaps in the collection. We are especially aware of post WWII gaps but are less aware of the role Newcastle has played lately.
  7. Art Curator. We have a great deal of art and photographs but no real concept of their rarity, relevance to our mission statement, or their need for conservation.
  8. Management. Ideas for a fledgling group. We have a policy and catalogue and we are developing a procedures manual but any advice/ expertise in setting up museums and or security issues would be much appreciated.

Dr Bernard Curran AM

Farewell to Bernie Curran Great Hall Friday 10 December 2021 at 10am

Next meeting is Monday 6 December 2021 (1.00pm-3.00pm)

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