Stories of Our Town Film Series Receives National Trust Heritage Accolade

The Stories of Our Town films received a wonderful accolade from the National Trust. At the 2022 Heritage Awards they received a “Highly Commended” acknowledgment for their services to Education and Interpretation. The Nomination The University of Newcastle Library nominated Chit Chat von Loopin Stab and Tony Whittaker, the creators of the Stories of Our … More Stories of Our Town Film Series Receives National Trust Heritage Accolade

Fortress Newcastle Exhibition and Films: A Great Success

The Fortress Newcastle Exhibition Launch The Newcastle Fortress Exhibition was officially launched on Friday 22 April 2022. It was an extraordinarily friendly and successful event, thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Dr Peter Hobbins, Head of Knowledge at the Austrtalian Maritime Museum, for his expert leadership of the ceremony. To Federal Member for Newcastle, Sharon … More Fortress Newcastle Exhibition and Films: A Great Success

Margaret Henry (1934-2015) & the Social History of Medicine in Newcastle

The Fringe Histories theme for May is ‘Medical Histories’. Dr Jude Conway has submitted the following post about Margaret Henry (1934-2015) and the social history of Medicine in Newcastle. By Dr Jude Conway While living in England for two stints in the 1970s the late historian and community activist, Margaret Henry, completed a Masters thesis … More Margaret Henry (1934-2015) & the Social History of Medicine in Newcastle

City of Newcastle community grant funding – Now available

City of Newcastle’s $1 million grants and sponsorships are now open. Community and sporting groups, businesses and tourism and event operators can now apply for close to $1 million of community grants and sponsorship funding from City of Newcastle. Applications are open for projects and initiatives under four categories to support social, cultural, environmental and … More City of Newcastle community grant funding – Now available

Plan of the Port of Newcastle (1882) Hand Coloured

This is a beautiful acquisition of the University of Newcastle’s Special Collections in the Auchmuty Library. This hand coloured plan shows the Port of Newcastle as it looked in 1882. Many thanks to David Threlfo who produced this promotional video as Episode 11 of his 4 Local Stories of Us series. Maps of the Port … More Plan of the Port of Newcastle (1882) Hand Coloured

Newcastle in 1889 (The Original Colour Lithograph)

Acquisition of Original Newcastle 1889 Colour Lithograph Special Collections in the Auchmuty Library of the University of Newcastle (Australia) recently acquired this original colour lithograph of Newcastle NSW in 1889. Please click on the image above to access the high resolution version in exquisite detail. Many thanks to David Threlfo who produced this promotional video … More Newcastle in 1889 (The Original Colour Lithograph)

CACHE Living Digital Heritage (LDH) 2021 Conference Now Online

One of the most thrilling and most exciting online conferences was the CACHE Living Digital Heritage (LDH) 2021 conference. Hosted by the Centre for Ancient Cultural Heritage and Environment (CACHE), Macquarie University, this free event ran from 5-7 November 2021. It covered a range of digital methods and their application to heritage-related pursuits, particularly in … More CACHE Living Digital Heritage (LDH) 2021 Conference Now Online

Coal Loading in Newcastle 1800-1900 by Russell Rigby (2017)

This is my personal all time favourite presentation by the late Russell Rigby. Coal Loading in Newcastle 1800 to 1900, was delivered at the Hunter Living Histories meeting on the 6 February 2017. It was held at the offices of Unwelt Australia Pty Ltd at Teralba. Presentation Born Out of an Error The presentation was … More Coal Loading in Newcastle 1800-1900 by Russell Rigby (2017)

Did Captain Cook Sight and Draw the “Small Round Rock or Island” now known as Nobbys Whibayganba on 10th May 1770?

Cook sights the “small round rock or island” According to the 1790 published account of Captain Cook’s Voyages Round the World, around noon on the 10th May 1770, Cook sights the “small round rock or island” later to be known to Europeans as “Nobbys” and to the Aboriginal people of Newcastle Mulubinba as “Whibayganba”. At … More Did Captain Cook Sight and Draw the “Small Round Rock or Island” now known as Nobbys Whibayganba on 10th May 1770?