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
Daguerreotype photography The daguerreotype was the first practical method of taking a lasting image and was available to the public in 1839. The process was invented by Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre, a French artist and a chemist who based it on Joseph Nicéphore Niépce’s process of heliography (sun drawing), a French inventor, who is credited as the … More Ancestor to the modern ‘Selfie’
What is the earliest photograph ever taken in the Hunter Region? The photograph above was taken by Elijah Hart and, as part of a set of four images, is dated to 1857 according to the State Library of Victoria. It appeared to be one of the earliest photographs ever taken in the Hunter Region, until … More The Hunter Region’s earliest photograph?
The State Library of Victoria holds a set of photographs by Elijah Hart (c.1821-1893) depicting Maitland (N.S.W) and which they date to 1857 located at http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/86377 Researcher Mr Peter F. Smith has provided evidence that all four images could not date from 1857, but probably date, at the earliest, from the 1864 to 1870 Maitland … More Maitland Flood Scenes Photographed by Elijah Hart (1864-1870?)
Pen and Pencil Sketches on the Hunter. BY OUR SPECIAL ARTIST. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63621861 In a recent issue we gave some account of Newcastle, together with a coloured bird’s-eye view of that place. The present article, from the pen of a chatty writer, is descriptive of the country beyond the City of Coal, will … More Pen and Pencil Sketches on the Hunter by a Chatty Writer (1889)
Over the past weeks we have been uploading high resolution digital scans of selected stories and illustrations relating to the Hunter Region from the microfilm copies The Illustrated Sydney News. These scans were done during 2009-2010 and most have been digitised and available through the newspapers on TROVE. The article “Our Supplement: Maitland,”, originally published … More Maitland in 1878
THE NEW RAILWAY BRIDGE ACROSS THE HUNTER AT ABERDEEN. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63618476 This great engineering work was from the design of Mr. J. Whitton, Chief Engineer for Railways, and was carried out under the supervision of Mr. W. B. Wade, district engineer for the Great Northern line. The bridge consists of three spans of 159 feet … More The New Railway Bridge Across The Hunter At Aberdeen (1872)
FLOODS IN THE HUNTER. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63617590 DURING the late extraordinary weather, Maitland and its vicinity has been the scene of numerous disastrous floods. The frequent lulls in the downpour of rain, however temporary, were sufficient to lead the inhabitants to hope that time would be given for the waters to abate before the damage … More Floods in the Hunter (1870)
Digitised by Gionni Di Gravio from the microfilm in 2009.
VIEW OF MUSCLEBROOK http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63514380 MUSCLEBROOK is a postal town, in the parish of Rowan, electoral district of the Upper Hunter, and police districts of Musclebrook and Merton. It is situated on the Muscle Creek, and on the Hunter river, which, in its course from N. to S. skirts the township on its W. … More View of Musclebrook (1869)