Tahlee Historic Site Visit (2022)

Tahlee Historic Site Visit By Robert and Coralie Watson   Visit to Tahlee   Two weeks ago, Coralie and I visited Tahlee, the ‘home’ of the Australian Agricultural Company (a.k.a. A.A.Co) when they were granted 1 million acres to farm sheep. This visit was organised by Dr Les Kilmartin, to coincide with the 200 year … More Tahlee Historic Site Visit (2022)

Historic Stroud, Port Stephens and Tahlee in Colonial Art

A collection of watercolours, sketches and engravings recently digitised by the State Library of NSW contain a number of interesting art works of church buildings, landscapes and individuals relating to the Hunter Region and beyond. The title is “Collection of sketches by J. W. Lewin, P. P. King, P. G. King and others, 1793-1850” Compiled … More Historic Stroud, Port Stephens and Tahlee in Colonial Art

Hunter Living Histories Showcase – 10 October 2022

PROGRAM Begin (1.00 pm):  Acknowledgement of Country (GDG) Zoom etiquette (AH) Welcome new Manager, Special Collections Paige Wright Showcase 1 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 … More Hunter Living Histories Showcase – 10 October 2022

Hunter Living Histories Showcase – 7 February 2022

Hunter Living Histories Showcase7 February 2022 1:00pm – 3:00pm Acknowledgement to Country The Chair delivered an acknowledgement of country. This work is conducted in memory, and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. PROGRAM ❖ Special Collections – New Enquiries & Booking System – Mala Scorse(Manager, Special Collections) – LISTEN … More Hunter Living Histories Showcase – 7 February 2022

Reports of Aboriginal Massacres in Port Stephens and Baker’s Island, 1829 – 1834

The Death of Young Moses – Were Aboriginal Massacres committed in Port Stephens and Baker’s Island (i.e., Dempsey Island, Newcastle)? Whilst searching for a reference to an Aboriginal man named Moses Melmonth (?), friend of Vera Deacon’s late father, Norman Pember, that she mentioned in an interview with Dr Ann Hardy, we located a reference … More Reports of Aboriginal Massacres in Port Stephens and Baker’s Island, 1829 – 1834

Port Stephens in 1826

This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. The State Library of New South Wales has digitised an important account of Port Stephens in 1826 recorded by Henry Thomas Ebsworth. Described as “Letters from New South Wales, 1826” the document details observations of the … More Port Stephens in 1826

John Skinner Prout in Newcastle and the Hunter

The engraving above entitled “Near Newcastle on the Hunter, New South Wales” is from an original work by John Skinner Prout (1805-1876) and engraved by S. Bradshaw. It was reproduced facing page 126 in Volume 2 of Australia by Edwin Carton Booth, F R. C. I. Illustrated with Drawings by Skinner Prout, N. Chevalier, &c. … More John Skinner Prout in Newcastle and the Hunter

Conrad Martens in Newcastle and the Hunter

The State Library of New South Wales has digitised a selection of Conrad Martens‘ drawings. Among them are drawings that document his travels though the Hunter in the years 1841 and 1852. Conrad Martens (1801-1878), artist, was born in London England. In 1832 he joined the scientific team aboard the Beagle with Charles Darwin, replacing … More Conrad Martens in Newcastle and the Hunter