Victoria Theatre (1891) VR – technical reconstruction

In 2018 the Victoria Theatre VR project was created. The University’s IT Services’ Innovation Team (ITSIT) was responsible for the technical side of the project, including creating the 3D model of the theatre, an animated performance on the stage, and custom virtual reality (VR) software for the project. Archival plans and other historic records provided … More Victoria Theatre (1891) VR – technical reconstruction

“Black Swans” – an engraving by Capt. James Wallis, 1818

  Introduction As part of the COVID19 lock down during April 2020, a challenge was published through the Hunter Living Histories Twitter feed to identify the possible location of an engraving of two black swans at Reed’s Mistake, (now Swansea) that were published two hundred years ago 1820, but captured sometime around 1818 as part … More “Black Swans” – an engraving by Capt. James Wallis, 1818

Sketches of Newcastle by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Russell Rigby has identified a number of sketches by artist G.F. Angus. The sketch below by G. F. Angas in the NLA collection (http://nla.gov.au/nla.pic-an2879016) shows the Australian Agricultural Company B & C pits, with wagons on the railway incline from C Pit. The row of pit houses near the lower (B) pit are shown on … More Sketches of Newcastle by George French Angas (1822-1886)

Three Framed Engravings of Newcastle: 1872, 1889 and 1891

Tom and Glenda Jones have kindly donated three framed engravings to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections, originally published in the Town and Country Journal, and depicting Newcastle in 1872, 1889 and 1891 respectively. We have digitised them at 600dpi for closer inspection below. Click on each of the images to view the higher resolution … More Three Framed Engravings of Newcastle: 1872, 1889 and 1891

Three Handcoloured Coloured Engravings of Newcastle

We thank Cameron Bilinsky for his permission to digitise three hand coloured framed engravings of 19th century Newcastle held in his collection. The first is by John Skinner Prout, circa 1841 entitled “Near Newcastle on the Hunter, New South Wales” See: https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2012/07/17/john-skinner-prout-in-newcastle-and-the-hunter/   A. Cooke “The City of Newcastle and Harbour” see:  https://hunterlivinghistories.com/2017/04/07/newcastle-coast-1873/   The … More Three Handcoloured Coloured Engravings of Newcastle

FACT CHECK: Is Toll Cottage (or Rose Cottage) in Bolton Street, Newcastle’s Oldest Building?

    Toll, or Rose Cottage is a mysterious little cottage nestled inside the modern footprint of the Family Law Court in Bolton Street Newcastle. Its quaint size and simple shape immediately calls to mind the convict era cottage structures that you find have survived all over Battery Point in Hobart. Could this little place … More FACT CHECK: Is Toll Cottage (or Rose Cottage) in Bolton Street, Newcastle’s Oldest Building?

Natural History Illustration Field Studies & Culture Class NHIL3004 visits the historic sites of Newcastle and Beyond

On the 6th October 2017  the University of Newcastle (Australia)’s Natural History Illustration Field Studies & Culture Class NHIL3004 visited the historic sites of Newcastle. Under the supervision of Dr Bernadette Drabsch, the students were introduced to a variety of important places on a walking tour including Christ Church Cathedral, the former Parsonage site, the … More Natural History Illustration Field Studies & Culture Class NHIL3004 visits the historic sites of Newcastle and Beyond

OCTAPOD Archival Project – Celebrating 20 years

The OCTAPOD Archival Project was undertaken by Freya Montefiore, UON student on placement at the GLAMx Lab, Auchmuty Library. This collaborative project between Octapod and Cultural Collections project was initiated by Christina Robberds, Director of OCTAPOD to help mark the organisations 20th anniversary.  We were pleased to be able to assist by engaging and supporting … More OCTAPOD Archival Project – Celebrating 20 years

‘STITCHED UP’ Exhibition – The Newcastle Industrial School (1867-1871)

23 JUNE – 6 AUGUST 2017 – The Lock-Up Cultural Centre, Hunter Street, Newcastle. The Lock-Up in partnership with Timeless Textiles presents ‘STITCHED UP’ commemorating 150 years since the Industrial Girls’ School opened in Newcastle. Exhibition includes 24-renowned international and national textile artists responding to stories associated with the 193 girls who were at The … More ‘STITCHED UP’ Exhibition – The Newcastle Industrial School (1867-1871)