Aerial Photographs – Ravensworth, NSW

The following overlays are of Ravensworth Homestead in the Hunter region, showing the location of the early Homestead and extant buildings, nearby creek, roads and evidence of other possible structures. We have assembled some aerial photographs, maps and plan overlays on Google earth,  and specifically enlarged the section of Ravensworth Homestead to find out what … More Aerial Photographs – Ravensworth, NSW

The Dam that Zihni Built

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1ybYnpJHKo   This film honours the work of Zihni Buzo (OAM), civil engineer who worked on the Oaky River Dam, NSW in the 1950s. Interview was conducted at Armidale on 15 August 1998 for the Institution of Engineers Newcastle Division Oral History Program. Filmed and narrated by Zihni Buzo, interviewed and directed by Judy Lindsay. … More The Dam that Zihni Built

BHP Coal Geology Plans

This BHP Coal Geology plan set was donated to the Geology Department at University of Newcastle by BHP Coal Geology, in the early 1960s. The plans were transferred to Cultural Collections and stored in archives at the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle (2012), together with other archival material from the Geology Department. We wish to … More BHP Coal Geology Plans

Barrallier’s Surveys of the Hunter Region (1801-1802)

  For many years, when historians spoke of the Barrallier Survey or Map of the Hunter Region, conducted during the survey mission of June to July 1801, the map (above) was the only one known to them. It was published in the Historical Records of New South Wales, Volume 5 between pages 420-421. It wasn’t … More Barrallier’s Surveys of the Hunter Region (1801-1802)

Lieutenant John Shortland – Hunter’s River 1797

Lieutenant John Shortland. An eye sketch of Hunter’s River. 1797. Signed J.S. [initials presumed to be those of Lieutenant John Shortland]. 1797 Lieutenant John Shortland, R.N. Lieutenant John Shortland of the H.M.S. Reliance officially “discovered” the River on the 10th September 1797 while on route to Port Stephens. The letter to his father reporting the … More Lieutenant John Shortland – Hunter’s River 1797

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

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