Kooragang Island

Kooragang Island is the name, now given, to what was once a number of Islands that made up the Hunter River estuary. Ash Island was one of these Islands, there were many more. Local Radio ABC 1233 Local ABC Radio 1233 asked what was the difference between Ash Island and Kooragang Island? University Archivist & … More Kooragang Island

Hunter Living Histories Meeting – 11 October 2021

Hunter Living Histories Zoom Meeting Hunter Living Histories Meeting held over zoom on Monday 11 October, 2021. 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. Hunter Living Histories – Presentations and Updates  Archaeological … More Hunter Living Histories Meeting – 11 October 2021

Newcastle and Suburbs Aerial View, 1944

First Complete Aerial Coverage for Greater Newcastle 1944 A team working through Transport NSW and Spatial Services NSW have successfully digitised a complete set of aerial photographs of Newcastle as it looked in 1944. The Department of Main Roads (DMR) commissioned the aerial photography during World War II, as part of its aerial surveys. This … More Newcastle and Suburbs Aerial View, 1944

Missing Piece of Historic 1906 Newcastle Panorama Found After 115 Years

A possible missing piece to a historic panorama of glass negative plate photographs taken in 1906 by renown Newcastle photographer Ralph Snowball has come to light in Melbourne after 115 years. Robert Watson noticed the set of images posted on the Lost Newcastle Facebook Group by a retired Associate Professor from the University of Melbourne, … More Missing Piece of Historic 1906 Newcastle Panorama Found After 115 Years

Vale Richard Belfield (1937-2021) “Humble Messenger” of Grandfather Algernon and his Scientific Legacy

“I’m but the humble messenger. I charge this group to neither squander, or misuse this information for either political or personal gain. I crave it be solely studied and understood for the betterment of the future for enquiring and more enlightened menkind. It would be truly wonderful if these documents contribute to unravelling just some … More Vale Richard Belfield (1937-2021) “Humble Messenger” of Grandfather Algernon and his Scientific Legacy

From the Ground up: University of Newcastle’s photographic collection, the case of Rodoni Glass Plates

By Dr. Amir Moghdam Since commencing my work in the University of Newcastle’s Special Collections, I have systematically worked, in collaboration with a bigger team, on developing the university’s photographic collection. My aim in focusing on photographs was to provide library users with first-hand primary sources. However, in preserving the photographic history of the region, … More From the Ground up: University of Newcastle’s photographic collection, the case of Rodoni Glass Plates