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?

Fringe Histories series- Dr Anne von Bertouch OAM

During March, Special Collections shared social media posts of some of the region’s amazing women and their contributions. We received heartfelt comments and memories about Dr Anne Von Bertouch OA (1915-2003) Anne was gallery director of the Von Bertouch Gallery 1962 – 1998 in Newcastle located in Cooks Hill. Her galleries played a big part … More Fringe Histories series- Dr Anne von Bertouch OAM

Hunter Living Histories Showcase April 2022

Our next Hunter Living Histories Showcase is scheduled for Monday 2 May, 1pm – 2.30pm. Details HERE April 2022 MEETING is now AVAILABLE ONLINE BELOW    Acknowledgement of Country  (click on topics below to VIEW session)  Introduction to new Special Collections staff and Intern (Mala Scorse) LISTEN HERE  Historic Engravings of the Hunter with Richard … More Hunter Living Histories Showcase April 2022

The Australian Commonwealth and The World in 1925

  The Australian Commonwealth & The World (c.1925/1926) The two maps above are the front and back of the same item, donated to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (now Special Collections) in 2012 from the Estate of the late Doug Brown, Mayfield resident. Researchers may be familiar with Doug’s wonderful photographs of life in … More The Australian Commonwealth and The World in 1925

Maitland in 1829

  Emeritus Professor John Fryer provided us with this reprint of this amazing plan of Maitland by the original name: Plan of the Town of Maitland As Approved By His Excellency The Governor A.D. 1829 Digitised from a mounted reprint created in July 1986 by the Central Mapping Authority, Department of Lands New South Wales. … More Maitland in 1829

Hunter Living Histories Showcase – March 2022

Hunter Living Histories Showcase Acknowledgement to Country This work is conducted in memory, and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. PROGRAM LISTEN TO ENTIRE MEETING HERE (or click on topics below)   INVITE – Fraternal Society Exhibition  – LISTEN HERE 23 March, 2-3pm (Mala Scorse)   The Quest for Sturt’s “Underground … More Hunter Living Histories Showcase – March 2022