Celebrating 20 years – February HLH Showcase

Hunter Living Histories is celebrating 20 years on Monday 6th February 2023 (1.00pm-2.30pm).

You are invited to join us to celebrate this momentous occasion reflecting on the achievements of the group and contribution of researchers, students, staff and communities.


Online showcases are held on the first Monday of every month (except January and public holidays) and open to staff and students of the University of Newcastle, the community, bona fide community researchers, industry partners and professionals to share their research.

Begin (1.00 pm):  

Acknowledgement of Country 

Introduction – Gionni di Gravio OAM (Chair HLH & University Archivist)

Discussion Panel

  • Emeritus Prof John Fryer ((Inaugural HLH Member) LISTEN HERE
  • Doug Lithgow (Inaugural HLH Member) LISTEN HERE
  • Prof Erik Eklund (Inaugural Chair CRWP/HLH) Australian National University LISTEN HERE
  • Associate Prof Nancy Cushing (University of Newcastle, Historian) LISTEN HERE
  • Dr Peter Hobbins (Head of Knowledge, Aust Maritime Museum) LISTEN HERE

The Hunter Living Histories initiative follows quite a unique Community-University model, and the panel will explore :-

  • The “Coal River” Class of 2003, what did you expect to achieve? (Erik/Doug/John)
  • What have we actually achieved? (Ann, with thanks to Chelsea)
  • Is it significant? How many such operations exist? (Nancy/Peter)
  • Where to from here? What direction would our students, researchers and communities like to see in the future. (Everyone)

Please join the showcase to be part and be part of the discussion.

Updates : (3 mins each)

  • Special Collections
  • Regional GLAM institutions
  • Hunter National Trust

Hot Topics / Discussion :

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Latest News

We received sad news that Charles Martin passed away a few weeks ago, Charles worked with Special Collections and HLH to create the beautiful 3D models of early Newcastle, he will be greatly missed.

Charles’ Memorial Service
Saturday 4 Feb, 2023 – 10.30am.
Pettigrew Family Funerals (small chapel)
7 Murray Dwyer Circuit, Mayfield West

Here is a sample of Charles’ work.

Hunter Living Histories Celebrates 20 Years – A Timeline
This timeline was put together by WIL student Chelsea Morris-Barker.

Fringe Histories 2023 – Call for blog posts
We are inviting students, alumni, and academics to use Special Collections resources and contribute blog posts on themes reflecting diversity, our marginalised communities and lost histories on the fringe of research. Further details here.

Public Lecture : ‘Her Brilliant Career: University of Newcastle Geology Professor Beryl Nashar (1923-2012)’
Newcastle Family History Society
February Monthly Meeting Time: Feb 7, 2023 07:30 PM

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End : (2.30 pm)

Next Showcase –  5 March, 2023

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