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

Congratulations Gionni di Gravio OAM

We congratulate Gionni di Gravio UON Archivist on receiving an OAM on Australia Day 2020, it is a wonderful recognition of the years of hard work and dedication towards preserving the region’s history.  We are very proud of his achievements. Gionni has been committed to preserving the region’s cultural heritage and making archives and cultural … More Congratulations Gionni di Gravio OAM

Hunter Living Histories 2019 Report

Please find attached Hunter Living Histories 2019 report (to 2/12/2019) displaying the highlights of activities and impacts of the UON’s Cultural Collections/GLAMx Lab in association with the Hunter Living Histories. This presentation was delivered at yesterday’s meeting (2 December 2019), the last meeting of the year and attended by the Member for Wallsend, Sonia Hornery … More Hunter Living Histories 2019 Report

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?