Hunter Living Histories Showcase – August 2022



Guest : Dr Paula Jane Byrne – ‘The Rusden family and things’.  (also see “Clothing, Emotion and Consumption in Colonial NSW”) – WATCH HERE

‘This project is concerned with women and intellectual life in New South Wales from 1830 – 1880 and is part of a broader concern with cultures of colonization. Ann Rusden of Maitland wrote of theology, science and politics in her letters to her daughter Saranna Scott. This paper examines some of her ideas through a discussion of things the family owned’.

Dr Paula Jane Byrne is author of Criminal Law and Colonial Subject, Cambridge, 1993 and editor of the Diaries and Letters of Ellis Bent, Desert Pea 2012. She has lectured at a number of Australian Universities and held research positions at others. For 2021 -2022 she is a Visiting Scholar at the State Library of New South Wales. Email contact

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Guest : Dr Jude Conway – “A gendered perspective of Newcastle before the impact of the women’s movement in the 1970s and 1980s”. WATCH HERE

Guest : Dr Nisha Thapliyal ‘History of the South Asian community in the Hunter Region’ Project. WATCH HERE


  • Ea la Wamanbila (here look, let’s go) Exhibition is currently on at the University Library’s Special Collections outside the Reading Room. The exhibition calls on us to re-think and challenge Euro-centric interpretations and records of First Nations content held within our archives. All welcome (Mon-Fri)
  • History Week 2022 ‘Hands on History’ – 3-11 Sept 2022
  • Book Launch – Hunter Valley Ancestors. By Roland Bannister. Sunday 7 August. 10.30 a.m. McIntyre Theatrette, Newcastle Museum. Further information available HERE
  • Fringe Histories- Call for blog posts – ‘Hands on History,


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