Aboriginal breastplate ‘Sandy, Chief of Coringori’

During January 2022 Dr Alison Clark from National Museums Scotland contacted HLH, she is conducting provenance research on a brass breastplate in their collection.  Dr Clark would like to find out more about the individual who was given the breastplate, and asks who gave it to him, and how the breastplate came to Scotland. “The … More Aboriginal breastplate ‘Sandy, Chief of Coringori’

‘Story of Middleton’ – First Chaplain at Newcastle, NSW in 1821

At the March Hunter Living Histories meeting Dr Ian Eckford presented the ‘Story of Middleton’ – 200 year anniversary of the first Chaplain at Newcastle, New South Wales. Wednesday, 10 March 2021 marked 200 years since George Augustus Middleton was appointed as the first resident Chaplain to the convict settlement of Newcastle. Dr Eckford also … More ‘Story of Middleton’ – First Chaplain at Newcastle, NSW in 1821

Do you have Memories of the McMullin Building ?

  What are your Memories of the McMullin Building ? The Arts and Administration (later McMullin Building) at the UON Callaghan Campus at Shortland opened its doors to staff and students in 1965, becoming a central hub of the newly autonomous University of Newcastle (Australia). Over the subsequent 55 years, many thousands of people have … More Do you have Memories of the McMullin Building ?


How did you observe ANZAC Day @ home 2020? We are documenting people’s participation in Anzac Day @ HOME in the Hunter Region during the COVID-19 Lock-down 2020. Given this year’s public Anzac Day ceremonies have been banned across the nation, many communities have responded by deciding to more-or-less democratise the commemoration of Anzac Day. … More ANZAC@HOME 2020

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Remembrance Day 2019

Fort Scratchley Historical Society (FSHS), Alliance Francaise de Newcastle, the University of Newcastle’s GLAMx Lab and KRD print have compiled a film of historic photographs that were illuminated on the fort walls on Sunday 10 November, 2019.  The creative team included John Cronin (UON Work Integrated Learning student) with Dr Heather Sharp (UON), Beth Preston … More Remembrance Day 2019

Story of an Angel

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 23 June 2014) Story of an Angel – History of Newcastle’s mental health service Dr Ann Hardy In 2014 I was giving a talk at the Newcastle branch of the Australian Federation of Graduate Woman about the history of mental health in … More Story of an Angel