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)

Lt William Sacheverell Coke and Desmond

This work is conducted in memory and respectfully honours the First Australian People, the Aboriginal People of this land. The second-in-charge of the Colony of Newcastle in 1827 was just 22 years old. Lieutenant William Sacheverell Coke is another of those early European inhabitants who kept a record of his relationships with the local Aboriginal … More Lt William Sacheverell Coke and Desmond

Newcastle – First Among Seconds?

  We recently received a call for help from Tourism Newcastle relating to an enquiry (presumably from a Tasmanian) questioning Newcastle’s claim of being Australia’s second oldest city: “I was recently visiting your “visitnewcastle.com.au” website and was surprised to see that it is claiming Newcastle to be Australia’s second oldest city. I would like to … More Newcastle – First Among Seconds?