Important Moments in Newcastle History

A History Survey (Sept-Oct 2018) co-ordinated by Brendan Josevski for UON Cultural Collections found that the following themes associated with Newcastle were mentioned frequently by participants in the survey. General/Convict History Convict Lumberyard Royal Newcastle Hospital Newcastle Earthquake Newcastle Post Office Star Hotel Riot This post provides a general historical overview of these themes. For … More Important Moments in Newcastle History

Happy 200th Birthday Macquarie Pier (a.k.a. Newcastle Breakwater)

This Sunday marks the 200th anniversary of the laying of the Foundation Stone for Macquarie Pier on August 5th 1818. Governor Lachlan Macquarie laid the foundation stone for the Newcastle breakwater, named in his honour by Commandant Captain James Wallis as “Macquarie Pier” during one of his three visits to Newcastle on the 5th August  … More Happy 200th Birthday Macquarie Pier (a.k.a. Newcastle Breakwater)

Healthcare in Newcastle 1817-1860

HEALTHCARE IN NEWCASTLE 1817-1860 By Dr Ann Hardy (Presented at The Hunter Postgraduate Medical Institute one-day seminar at HMRI on 11 November, 2017.) Newcastle hospital is one of the oldest hospitals in Australia, founded in 1817, however limited primary sources have survived relating to healthcare. To commemorate 200 years of the Newcastle Hospital a secondary … More Healthcare in Newcastle 1817-1860

The Newcastle Fortifications (24 May 1881)

THE NEWCASTLE FORTIFICATIONS. (BY OUR SPECIAL REPORTER.) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13484259 The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 24 May 1881 Page 6 of 10 ******************************************************************* THE NEWCASTLE FORTIFICATIONS. (BY OUR SPECIAL REPORTER.)   On Saturday last Colonel P. H. Scratchley, R.E., C.M.G., and Colonel C. F. Roberts, visited Newcastle for the purpose of inspecting the hill known as Signal … More The Newcastle Fortifications (24 May 1881)

Coast Australia Series 3 Newcastle & Stockton Episode Screen Date Announced

A broadcast date has been announced for the much anticipated episode of Coast Australia Season 3 featuring Newcastle’s early convict coals mines and Stockton Bight’s majestic natural beauty. Those of you lucky enough to have Foxtel & the History Channel will be able to see Newcastle and Stockton’s early history star in the  Hawkesbury – … More Coast Australia Series 3 Newcastle & Stockton Episode Screen Date Announced

The Digital Panopticon – Reassembling Australia’s Convict Archive Online

This presentation by Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart at the 2015 National Conference of the Australian Society of Archivists was one of the most exciting and thought provoking explorations of what can be done with archival records and modern digital technology. A trans-disciplinary collaboration of archivists, historians, IT experts, community organisations and volunteers. Keynote Address 2 by … More The Digital Panopticon – Reassembling Australia’s Convict Archive Online

Smugglers and Pirates of Newcastle, 1804-1824

As part of 2016  NSW  History Week celebrations, The History@Newcastle Research Seminar Series presented Tamsin O’Connor, “Bad Neighbours: the Smugglers and Pirates of the Penal Station and Port of Newcastle, 1804 – 1824.” Abstract The theme for 2016’s History week is neighbours and it is not one that sits easily in the context of penal station … More Smugglers and Pirates of Newcastle, 1804-1824

The Twelfth Man: John Fleming and the Myall Creek Massacre By Patricia Withycombe

In 2015 Patricia (Patsy) Withycombe wrote a Honours thesis The Twelfth Man: John Fleming and the Myall Creek Massacre as part of a UON Bachelor of Arts (Hons). Patsy completed her Bachelor of Arts in 2013, having majored in History and French. In 2015 Patsy completed her History honours thesis, which argues that that John … More The Twelfth Man: John Fleming and the Myall Creek Massacre By Patricia Withycombe

The Convict Coal Mines of Newcastle (Coast Series 3 Filmshoot Backgrounder)

When was coal first identified here? And by who? Australia’s first discoveries of coal were in 1791 (unoffically) and 1796 and 1797 (officially, by unnamed fishermen and Lieutenant John Shortland respectively), leading to the first export (1799) and first profit (1801) of a natural resource in this country. 1791 Coal River (Mulubinba) and Government Domain … More The Convict Coal Mines of Newcastle (Coast Series 3 Filmshoot Backgrounder)