Joy Cummings – “Words were not important – love has its own language” – A tribute to Australia’s first female Lord Mayor

Joy Cummings (1923-2003) left a great legacy of her years of leadership as Lord Mayor of our city, she entered politics as an environmental campaigner and had a vision for the city of Newcastle, she was able to transform into a people-friendly city. TIMELINE Born at Ramsgate, Sydney, in December 1923. Joined the Labor Party … More Joy Cummings – “Words were not important – love has its own language” – A tribute to Australia’s first female Lord Mayor

50 yrs Historic Reunion – Newcastle Art School

If you attended the Newcastle Art School or Teacher’s College from 1969 you may be interested in celebrating with former staff and students for this 50-year reunion of these Newcastle old art institutions. Do you have photographs or memorabilia of Newcastle Art School, TAFE in Hunter Street or Teacher’s College that you’d like to share? You … More 50 yrs Historic Reunion – Newcastle Art School

St Columban’s Catholic Church Mayfield

The Newcastle Herald has reported that the locally heritage listed landmark of St Columban’s Church at Mayfield is scheduled for demolition, after an engineer reported that the cost of repairs would amount to $6M and heritage consultant Barney Collins has stated that the church is structurally dangerous and unable to save. The Foundation Stone for … More St Columban’s Catholic Church Mayfield

Victoria Theatre VR Launch – 13 Nov 2018

The Victoria Theatre 3D Reconstruction Project was launched at the Victoria Theatre in Perkins Street, Newcastle on Tuesday 13 November 2018.  Gaute Rasmussen and Vendela Pento from the UON’s IT Innovation Team were in involved in creating the VR experience, along with UON Archivist Gionni di Gravio and others in the community. Hunter Living Histories … More Victoria Theatre VR Launch – 13 Nov 2018

“The Future Past” – UON Archivist

Article about UON Archivist Gionni di Gravio is also available on-line “Breaking Bread : The Future Past.” Newcastle Herald. By Scott Bevan. Gionni Di Gravio is a professional archivist, and is University Archivist at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Chair of the Hunter Living Histories (formerly Coal River Working Party) and former Councillor on the Australian … More “The Future Past” – UON Archivist

Tribute to Dr John Turner Newcastle Historian (1933-1998)

Dr JOHN TURNER 17/10/1933 – 10/7/1998 (Originally published in Phanfare, Magazine of the Professional Historians Association NSW Inc, August 1998) The death of John Turner on 10 July 1998 deprived the Newcastle community of the man who, more than anyone else, raised our awareness of the city’s rich history. Many academics work hard, often unsuccessfully, … More Tribute to Dr John Turner Newcastle Historian (1933-1998)