Hunter Living Histories Showcase 5 June 2023

Hunter Living Histories Showcase is on
Monday 5 June 2023 (1.00pm-2.30pm).

Hybrid meetings are held via ZOOM and in Person in Room L326 at the Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus, Newcastle, NSW. (Type Room no. into ONLINE MAP)

Hunter Living Histories June 2023 Showcase
Hunter Living Histories June 2023 Showcase


Showcase Program

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
Gionni di Gravio OAM (Chair HLH & University Archivist)

Showcase Guest Presentation 1: “Liddell: it had to close!” (Dr Ken Thornton)

Dr Ken Thornton explores the history and recent closure of the Liddell Power Station, and the emotional impact it has had on the people who worked there for the past 52 years.

Showcase Guests Presentation 2:  “Raise Your Voice: Talking Back to Monuments” (Assoc. Prof Nancy Cushing, Mr Nikolas Orr, Dr Irene Perez Lopez)

Last Saturday afternoon, (3 June 2023) the “Raise Your Voice: Talking Back to Monuments” Community Forum was held in the Uni Gallery, with presentations from artists Travis De Vries, Fiona Lee and Tiyan Baker on re-imaginging monuments using digital arts. There was also insights from two First Nations presenters into the critique of statues (including intro by Nicholas Orr and overview of new book Monumental Disruptions by Professor Bronwyn Carlson, Macquarie University and Terri Farrelly) and of using digital means of memorialisation (Nicole Chaffey of the Murrook Cultural Centre). There was a bit of exciting discussion afterwards, but not enough! Please welcome the organisers Assoc. Prof Nancy Cushing, Mr Nikolas Orr, and Dr Irene Perez Lopez to fill us in and continue the disrupting.  


Hot Topics / Discussion : “Person Behind the Place”

ABC Mornings Local History Segment (Discussion led by Robert Watson) – Opportunities for younger and fresh voices to contribute to 5 minute broadcasts on the “Person Behind the Place” Segments on ABC Radio.

Places already covered include:

  1. Black Margarets Bay
  2. Fletcher
  3. Maitland
  4. Macquarie,
  5. Merewether
  6. Croudace
  7. Kilgour
  8. Hamilton
  9. Vincent
  10. Hillsborough
  11. And also looked at why there aren’t any/many places named after First nations people


End : (2.30 pm)

Next Showcase –  3 July, 2023 “All Things Hannan”


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