Fortress Newcastle Exhibition and Films: A Great Success

Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Flyer
Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Flyer

The Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Launch

The Newcastle Fortress Exhibition was officially launched on Friday 22 April 2022.

It was an extraordinarily friendly and successful event, thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Dr Peter Hobbins, Head of Knowledge at the Austrtalian Maritime Museum, for his expert leadership of the ceremony.

To Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon MP, for her genuine compassion for our work, and to Coral Black, University Librarian for representing the University of Newcastle’s support for the project.

Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon MP, with the Fortress Newcastle community teams
Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon MP, with the Fortress Newcastle community teams

 

"I've Identified my home!"
“I’ve Identified my home!”

 

Master of Ceremonies, Dr Peter Hobbins, and Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon, speaking with guests.
Master of Ceremonies, Dr Peter Hobbins, and Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon, speaking with guests.

 

Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon MP, addresses the crowd, Friday 22 April 2022.
Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon Claydon MP, addresses the crowd, Friday 22 April 2022.

Official attendance at the Launch was 86.

The exhibition closed on 8 May, and everything was relocated to Delprat’s Cottage for inventory and storage. During its course, the exhibition operated smoothly with large attendances and all feedback received was positive.

Over the 15 days, there were approximately 2,300 visitors to the Exhibition.

Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Panels in situ at Fort Scratchley.
Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Panels in situ at Fort Scratchley.

 

Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Panels in situ at Fort Scratchley.
Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Panels in situ at Fort Scratchley.
Scenes from the Fortress Newcastle Exhbition (Courtesy: Peter Hobbins)
Scenes from the Fortress Newcastle Exhibition (Courtesy: Peter Hobbins)

 

Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Flyer 2
Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Flyer 2

The Stories of Our Town Fortress Newcastle Film

The Fortress Newcastle – Life Under Threat film, produced as part of the Stories of Our Town Series was screened continuously in the Fort courtyard and has been well received widely throughout the community.

 

 

The Newcastle Fortress Trail

To coincide with the launch of the Fortress Newcastle Exhibition, a new film has been produced The Fortress Newcastle Trail to further support the ongoing development opportunity to create a tourist destination attraction using over 20 remaining sites from the defence network called Fortress Newcastle during WWII.

It is also freely available to view now on Youtube at:

 

Fortress Newcastle Collection @ University’s Living Histories

The Fortress Newcastle Collection on the University of Newcastle's Living Histories site
The Fortress Newcastle Collection on the University of Newcastle’s Living Histories site

With the original aims of the project almost now been achieved,we are wrapping up, to move on.

Considerable additional material is now available and has been added to the University’s Special Collections Fortress Newcastle Collection page. (A USB with over 60 documents is also available if you require a copy). See Special Collections website here:https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/114581

Background to the work by student placement Rachel Vaughan. (UoS, Masters of Museum & Heritage Studies intern, GLAMx Lab) is here: https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2022/03/28/fn/

Fortress Newcastle Collection QR Code
Fortress Newcastle Collection QR Code @ Living Histories

Traveling Exhibition

An inventory of all portable exhibition panels is being prepared, to be offered it as a traveling exhibition to any interested parties. Please contact us if interested.

A Vote of Thanks

To all participants, thank you to all who have helped in many ways to deliver this project. We greatly appreciate the generous assistance provided by the Commonwealth Department of Veterans’ Affairs ‘Saluting Their Service’ grant and New South Wales Government’s Newcastle Port Community Contribution Fund (NPCC).

 

Bob Cook, President.Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association Inc.
E: nihanewcastle@gmail.com
P: 0419241731
W: www.niha.org.au


2 thoughts on “Fortress Newcastle Exhibition and Films: A Great Success

  1. Great exhibition ,great for our Town and our Forts .Being a volunteer at Fort Scratchley ,the amount of locals that haven’t a CLUE about our war and peace time history. Congratulations to all ( BLOODYFANTASTIC JOB HATS OFF TO ALL )

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