Presentation Newcastle Time Ball at November Hunter Living Histories Meeting – Associate Prof Nancy Cushing (University of Newcastle)
Bob Donnelly kindly loaned the following sources to Special Collections to share with the wider community. As an Engineer he worked on the reinstatement of the time Ball at Newcastle’s former Customs House in 1988. A restoration project to celebrate the Australian Bicentennial and the 50th Anniversary of the company of Master Mariners in Australia.
1870 Oct – Site for Customs House announced
1874 July -Tenders accepted
1875 March – work started
1876 June – carpenter killed from fall from roof
1877 – opened no record of date
1878 Sept – more than 12 months since opening, clock not installed