Goodbye to our friend and colleague Russell Rigby

It is with great sadness that we convey to you, the news that Russell Rigby, our Coal River Working Party/Hunter Living Histories friend and colleague, passed away this morning, 28 September 2019, at 1:30am. He leaves a gap in our lives that cannot be filled, and in the words of HLH colleague Mr. Robert Watson, … More Goodbye to our friend and colleague Russell Rigby

The Hunter District Water Board Plans

The Hunter District Water Board Plans of the 1890s A Presentation to the Hunter Living Histories Initiative By Mr. Russell Rigby   In the 1890s the Hunter District Water Board commissioned the Survey Section of the Land Department to produce a series of large scale plans of urban Newcastle, for planning purposes.     The … More The Hunter District Water Board Plans

Sketches of Newcastle by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Russell Rigby has identified a number of sketches by artist G.F. Angus. The sketch below by G. F. Angas in the NLA collection (http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an2879016) shows the Australian Agricultural Company B & C pits, with wagons on the railway incline from C Pit. The row of pit houses near the lower (B) pit are shown on … More Sketches of Newcastle by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Three (formerly) Unidentified Scenes of Newcastle (c.1878)

This post was created on the 3 September 2018 in response to email below, to assist our colleagues at NSW State Archives and Records to identify and date a number of Newcastle images in their collection. See comments below for discussion relating to the dating of the images. Thanks for your help! “Date: Monday, 3 … More Three (formerly) Unidentified Scenes of Newcastle (c.1878)

The Wreck of the Berbice, Stockton Beach June 1888

  The Wreck of the Berbice, Stockton Beach June 1888 By Russell Rigby The Berbice ran aground at Stockton Tuesday 5th June 1888. The Rocket Brigade saved all on board. The location of a shipwreck, believed to be the Berbice, and recent images from a drone, was reported in a Newcastle Herald article in August … More The Wreck of the Berbice, Stockton Beach June 1888

Happy 200th Birthday Macquarie Pier (a.k.a. Newcastle Breakwater)

This Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone for Macquarie Pier on August 5th 1818. Governor Lachlan Macquarie laid the foundation stone for the Newcastle breakwater, named in his honour by Commandant Captain James Wallis as “Macquarie Pier” during one of his three visits to Newcastle on the 5th August  … More Happy 200th Birthday Macquarie Pier (a.k.a. Newcastle Breakwater)

FACT CHECK: Is Toll Cottage (or Rose Cottage) in Bolton Street, Newcastle’s Oldest Building?

    Toll, or Rose Cottage is a mysterious little cottage nestled inside the modern footprint of the Family Law Court in Bolton Street Newcastle. Its quaint size and simple shape immediately calls to mind the convict era cottage structures that you find have survived all over Battery Point in Hobart. Could this little place … More FACT CHECK: Is Toll Cottage (or Rose Cottage) in Bolton Street, Newcastle’s Oldest Building?

Visual Index to Hunter Valley Aerial Photographs

Lachlan Wetherall, in a digital project similar to his historical maps visual index, where he created a visual index to hundreds of our subdivsion plans located in flickr, has now put together another index to the aerial photography that has been recently digitised by our volunteer Jessica Waugh in the GLAMx Digitisation Lab from the … More Visual Index to Hunter Valley Aerial Photographs

2017 Annual Report – Hunter Living Histories

University of Newcastle’s Hunter Living Histories ANNUAL REPORT 2017 Our Mission: To achieve recognition for Newcastle and the Hunter Region’s contribution in the making of the Australian nation. GOAL 1. (G1) To have Newcastle and the Hunter Region’s important historic sites nationally recognised GOAL 2. (G2) To ensure our legislative frameworks are working effectively for … More 2017 Annual Report – Hunter Living Histories