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Hunter Living Histories Initiative



Hunter Living Histories (LivingHistories) @hunterhistories
Coal River Working Party (CoalRiverWP) @CoalRiverWP



Dr Ann Hardy
Historian, Creative Industries & Digital Humanities Projects Co-ordinator
Hunter History Initiative/Coal River Working Party
Cultural Collections Services (CCS)
Auchmuty Library
Academic Division

Phone: +61 2 4985 4594
M: +61 (0) 0438509139

Mr Gionni Di Gravio (Chair)
University Archivist
Cultural Collections Services (CCS)
Auchmuty Library
Academic Division
Phone: +61 2 4921 5819


Our Patron
Emeritus Professor Maree Gleeson OAM

Ron Barber (Fort Scratchley Historical Society)
Kerrie Brauer (Awabakal Tradition Owners Aboriginal Corporation (ATOAC)) Mob: 0412 866357 Email:
Jude Conway (Post Graduate Student History)
Ruth Cotton (Hidden Hamilton)
Anne Creevey (Newcastle East Residents)
Helen Denzin (Community)
David H. Dial OAM (Military Historian)
Ian Eckford
(Post Graduate Student History)
Susan Effenberger
(Newcastle City Council)
Emeritus Professor John Fryer
(School of Civil, Surveying and Environmental Engineering) Ph: +61 2 492 16049. Email:
Lesley Gent (Paterson Historical Society)
Bill Hanley (Community)
Dene Hawken, Awabakal People, Mob: 0420 304094
Aunty Nola Hawken, 
Awabakal People
Cynthia Hunter (Regional Historian) Email:
Jane Ison (Community Researcher) Email:
Robert Jones (Artist)
Rebecca Johnston (Newcastle Port Corporation)
Roz Kerr (Geologist) Ph. (02) 49673167 Email:
Chaz Keys
Bronwyn Law
(Newcastle Business)
Peter Leven (Awabakal Descendants Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation)  Email:
Doug Lithgow (Parks & Playgrounds Movement Inc) Ph: (02) 49431781 Email:
Robert McLardy (Community Representative and IT Expert) Email:
Suzanne Martin (Community Historian)
Marilla North (Author & Historian)
Keith Parsons (Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust) Email:
Dr Amir Rezapourmoghadammiyandabi (University Conservator) Email:
Russell Rigby (Geologist, Mining Historian) Ph. (02) 49633857 Email:
Fr Brian Roach (Historian) Email:
Bill Robertson (Post Graduate Student Sociology)
Don Seton-Wilkinson (Post Graduate Student History) Wyndham Family Historian
Peter Sherlock (Director, Monteath & Powys Pty Ltd Consulting Surveyors & Planners) Ph. 02 49 261388 Mob. 0409 994 090 Email:
Ken & Maree Shilling (Family Historians)
Julianne Tilse (Casual Academic, Natural History Illustration, School of Drama Fine Art and Music) Ph: 0411445337 Email:
Dr Brian Walsh (Consultant Historian) Member of the Professional Historians Association of Australia
Robert Watson (Community Historian)

4 thoughts on “Contact Us

  1. Have been trying to contact David Dial about a Dead Mans Penny I have belonging to DCM Matthew Gray Service number 77 Unit 34th Australian Infantry Battalion ,Date of death 12 October 1917 Belgium , a Greta coal miner, David may be interested in this. Thank you. Peter Thorpe 0429033449

    1. Hi Peter,

      I am the honorary curator of Greta Historical Museum and was interested to read about the Dead Man’s Penny that you have that once belonged to a Greta coal miner, Matthew Gray. I am presently researching the Greta community members that went off to war and so I just want to say that if you ever feel the need to donate the penny to the Greta Museum it would be happily accepted.

      With kind regards,
      Neridah Kentwell
      (Mobile:0427657150, Email:, Museum open Wednesdays and Saturdays 11am-3pm.)

  2. I would like to thank you for the article in the Hunter Remembers dated 12/2/19 titled Kurri Kurri and about my Great Grand Father Sapper R (Pinky) Scott’s return from the war. I had very little knowledge of him before I read your article and from this I was able to access the War Memorials records of his service. He fought in the Boar War as an Englishman before coming to Australia and then enlisting in the 2nd Tunnelling company. We didn’t know he lost a brother in the war as well. I thank you for this article.

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