Fortress Newcastle: A Call To Action

Fortress Newcastle: A Call To Action Lessons from History: Can Newcastle and the Hunter & Central Coast Regions help in the fight against COVID-19?   History repeats, and now is the time for our past achievements to help the world confronted with new challenges.  The Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association’s story of “Fortress Newcastle” is one … More Fortress Newcastle: A Call To Action

A Message Concerning Our Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

To our staff, student community and global researchers and patrons. PLEASE NOTE: FROM 6 APRIL 2020 TO 1 MAY 2020 THERE WILL BE NO PHYSICAL ACCESS TO UNIVERSITY’S CULTURAL COLLECTIONS IN THE AUCHMUTY LIBRARY In line with our University of Newcastle’s COVID019 safety advice as of Monday 23rd March 2020 we are placing the following … More A Message Concerning Our Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Spanish Flu and Newcastle 1919: What can we learn today?

The Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918-1920 struck Newcastle and the lower Hunter between March and September, 1919. During that time the disease claimed 494 lives in the district. Planning for the necessity of responding to the epidemic began before the disease’s arrival. An Influenza Committee was set up, and when the first cases appeared in … More Spanish Flu and Newcastle 1919: What can we learn today?

Vale Chris Bourne – Cultural Collections Digitisation Officer and Project Assistant dies aged 62

It is with great sadness that we convey the news that our wonderful friend and colleague, Chris Bourne, passed away in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 14 February 2020 aged 62. Christopher Owen Bourne was born on the 31 July 1957. He was educated at Jame Ruse Agricultural High School and matriculated in 1976 … More Vale Chris Bourne – Cultural Collections Digitisation Officer and Project Assistant dies aged 62

NFSA Digital Directions 2019 – The future of digital culture

On November 14 – 15, 2019 I attended the 5th annual Digital Directions symposium ‘The future of digital culture’ 2-day symposium hosted by the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) Canberra. International and Australian specialists working with cultural collections, digital technologies and interactive experiences contributed knowledge and spoke about some extraordinary projects. A pre-symposium Digital Preservation … More NFSA Digital Directions 2019 – The future of digital culture

“A breath of fresh air in more ways than one” Inspirations from the National Digital Forum, NZ 2019

From the 18 to 24 November 2019 I was afforded the wonderful opportunity to briefly escape the Australian bush fires and choking smoke, and travel to the the windy city of Wellington in New Zealand to clear the lungs and mind and speak at the National Digital Forum. All the presentations from the National Digital … More “A breath of fresh air in more ways than one” Inspirations from the National Digital Forum, NZ 2019

Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) ‘Designing the Archive’ International Conference 2019

  On 21-25 October 2019, the ‘Designing the Archive’ Conference was held in Adelaide, South Australia. It was joint international conference bringing together archivists, librarians, records specialists and GLAM professionals from across the Asia-Pacific and around the globe, representing 176 countries under the auspices of the International Council on Archives (ICA) Australian Society of Archivists … More Australian Society of Archivists (ASA) ‘Designing the Archive’ International Conference 2019

The Legacy of the Scott Sisters – Natural History Illustration at the UON

    Women and Tertiary Education in the Hunter Region Their names were Harriet (1830-1907) and Helena (1832-1910) Scott, artists and naturalists, who were educated and worked on Ash Island (now part of Kooragang Island) documenting Australian plants, animals and insects, under the scientific guidance of their father; entomologist and entrepreneur Alexander Walker Scott (1800-1883). … More The Legacy of the Scott Sisters – Natural History Illustration at the UON