Hunter Living Histories Showcase – 10 October 2022


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Acknowledgement of Country (GDG)

Zoom etiquette (AH)

Welcome new Manager, Special Collections Paige Wright

Showcase 1

John "Stinker" Clarke (Courtesy of ABC radio)
John “Stinker” Clarke (Courtesy of ABC radio)

Guest 1: Port Stephens History (John ‘Stinker’ Clarke) – also see Publications HERE (10mins+5min questions) WATCH HERE


Bio: John “Stinker” Clarke is an avid fisherman and historian and alumnus of this University. He is a Port Stephens identity and has written many books on oyster farming and fishing in Port Stephens. He is also often heard throughout NSW on Regional ABC radio talking about local fishing, and has a regular column in the Port Stephens Examiner. More here:


Showcase 2

Guest 2:  ’Jew Boy Gang’ Documentary- Thomas Kelly, Lachlan Mayfield and Lachlan Passfield). (10mins+5min questions) WATCH HERE

Bio: Thomas Kelly, Lachie Passfield and Lachlan Mayfield are recent Media Production graduates from The University of Newcastle. The have created a short documentary on Teddy “The Jew Boy” Davis as a “proof of concept” for a longer documentary.


News and Updates

  • Latest Updates from Hunter Regional Groups 
  • University Library Special Collections   WATCH HERE

Since our last meeting on the 5 September 2022 which was a History Week event on hands on audio visual formats:




    • (6 September 2022) 25th Anniversary of Novocastrian Tales by author Paul F. Walsh OAM on the 5 September 1997. It was a special project, as contributions from the 40 authors and donors raised over $600,000 to create an Aboriginal accommodation centre in the grounds of the John Hunter Hospital. Paul wrote and published a new story, and we found some lost footage from the NBN Archive See:


    • (7 September 2022) Dr Ben Champion’s Histories of the Newcastle Hospital 1815-1915 have been re-posted as a five volume set compiled beginning in 1815 and concluding in 1915 and spanning the first 100 years of the Newcastle Hospital’s existence.Many thanks to the late Dr. Ben Champion in preparing these massive works, and also to Auchmuty Library staff member and volunteer Karen Moller for undertaking the task of digitising the thousands of pages of text under the supervision of Dr Ann Hardy in the GLAMx Lab that has also written on the history of Healthcare in Newcastle. See:


    • (8/9/2022) – History Illuminated Lake Macquarie Libraries Event: Screening of Biraban and Threlkeld Stories of Our Town Film and QandA
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, NSW Central Coast area
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, NSW Central Coast area
      • (13 September 2022) Dr Paula Jane Byrne who presented at the Hunter Living Histories August 2022 Showcase prepared this HLH post on the Material Life on the Hunter an interesting examination of the words and imagery around material objects such as furniture, wallpaper, cooking and dining implements, clothing, games, that formed part of life of people living in the Colonial period living on the Hunter. Really important for women’s histories, colonial imagery around objects and notion of frontier violence. See:



  • Entrance to Tahlee 11 September 2022 (Photo Credit: Robert Watson)
    Entrance to Tahlee 11 September 2022 (Photo Credit: Robert Watson)

    Showcase 3

    Guest 3 : Tahlee Historic Site visit (Robert Watson) (10mins+5min questions) WATCH HERE

    Bio: Robert Watson (aka formerly “Baldy McSpecs”), community historian, advocate, and human living history project catalyst recently took a field trip to historic Tahlee with wife Coralie. There, they met up with Dr Les Kilmartin, Jan Winn and Pauline Ibbetson (Stroud Historical Society). Read all about it here:

    End : (2.30 pm)

    Next showcase 7 November, 2022

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