Keeping Wallsend Hospital History alive

Wallsend medical and health history is being kept alive through a newly curated display of objects and memorabilia from the former Wallsend Hospital Museum. This was in collaboration with the University of Newcastle’s GLAMx Lab and the Andrew Nash Clinic. With assistance from Samuel Field for graphic design and setup assisted by Dr Brad Bitossi. … More Keeping Wallsend Hospital History alive

Eight Hour League 150th Anniversary

You are welcome to visit the “150th Anniversary of the Newcastle Eight Hour Day” Exhibition and Library until Friday 6 December, 2019. WHERE: 406\408 King Street, Newcastle. Hunter Unions Building level 2 WHEN: Mon-Fri 10am-2pm, until 6 December. The Eight Hour Committee was the forerunner to Newcastle Trades Hall Council (Hunter Workers). By Rod Noble The … More Eight Hour League 150th Anniversary

“Islands of the Insane” – our records, perceptions and the lost voices from the ‘asylum’

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 4 December 2014) Paper presented at the Australian Archives Conference ‘Archives on the Edge’ University of Newcastle Tasmania, Australia 18-21 August 2015 ABSTRACT- This article examines the mental health records from the ‘Newcastle Asylum for Imbecile and Idiot’ (1871-1900) held at Archives … More “Islands of the Insane” – our records, perceptions and the lost voices from the ‘asylum’

“. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014 now online

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 1 August 2014) Dr Ann Hardy’s thesis  ““. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014″ on the national significance of the former James Fletcher Hospital site is available … More “. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014 now online

Newcastle ‘Girls’ – Chaos and Mayhem in the City

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 28 June 2013) Local Treasures 1233ABC Radio- 28 October 2014 Presenter: Carol Duncan Interviewees: Ann Hardy & Jane Ison The University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party and the National Trust of Australia (NSW) have been strong advocates of the historic Newcastle … More Newcastle ‘Girls’ – Chaos and Mayhem in the City

Miss Hayes and The Great Northern Hotel Album

Agnes Bridget/Beatrice Mary Hayes was born in 1853 in Tipperary, Ireland. She came to Australia on 29th April 1854 as an assisted immigrant on the “Merchantman” with her parents Cornelius Hayes and Honora Hayes (nee Kennedy), with three siblings; Mary Ann, Honoria, and Joseph. By 1856 the Hayes family were living in Maitland N.S.W and … More Miss Hayes and The Great Northern Hotel Album