After Wards: From Patients to Participants – Community mental health services in Newcastle, NSW 1967 – 1987

By PhD Candidate in History, Robyn Dunlop The theme of October 2020’s NSW Mental Health Month is “tune in”: tune in to what’s happening within you, and in the world around you. I am a PhD candidate in History, researching the development of community mental health services in Newcastle, NSW. Newcastle was a significant location … More After Wards: From Patients to Participants – Community mental health services in Newcastle, NSW 1967 – 1987

“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

Dream within a dream: An Intergalactic University Hall of Memory

On the eve of Poliphilo waking up from his dream within a dream on the 1 May 1457 I share my dreams within dreams during our time of COVID-19 pandemic as a source of inspiration, amusement and hope. On the 8 December 2011, came an opportunity to share a dream inspired by the Auchmuty Library … More Dream within a dream: An Intergalactic University Hall of Memory

Spanish Flu and Newcastle 1919: What can we learn today?

The Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918-1920 struck Newcastle and the lower Hunter between March and September, 1919. During that time the disease claimed 494 lives in the district. Planning for the necessity of responding to the epidemic began before the disease’s arrival. An Influenza Committee was set up, and when the first cases appeared in … More Spanish Flu and Newcastle 1919: What can we learn today?

The “Red Books” of Dr Ben Champion Accessible At Last

Thanks to a donation from the family of the late Dr Ben Champion to the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund, the complete Hunter Valley Registers spanning 1843 to 1905 have now been digitised and available on the Living Histories @ UON digital platform. The complete set are available here for free access: https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/99575 The digitisation … More The “Red Books” of Dr Ben Champion Accessible At Last

Keeping Wallsend Hospital History alive

Wallsend medical and health history is being kept alive through a newly curated display of objects and memorabilia from the former Wallsend Hospital Museum. This was in collaboration with the University of Newcastle’s GLAMx Lab and the Andrew Nash Clinic. We acknowledge and congratulate Ashlea Oliver on her curatorial work as a final year Bachelor … More Keeping Wallsend Hospital History alive

Videocast – Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801–2012

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 11 September 2012) “‘Here is an Asylum open…’ Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801–2012” by Ann Hardy PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Presented on the 7th September as part of the 2012 History Seminar … More Videocast – Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801–2012

Story of an Angel

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 23 June 2014) Story of an Angel – History of Newcastle’s mental health service Dr Ann Hardy Recently I was giving a talk at the Newcastle branch of the Australian Federation of Graduate Woman about the history of mental health in Newcastle. … More Story of an Angel

The Newcastle Industrial Girls’ School

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 28 June 2013) The Newcastle Industrial Girls’ School, ‘…the little volcano slumbered’ The Newcastle Industrial School for Girls opened in 1867 and was the beginning of a new era at the Government Domain (James Fletcher Hospital). The story of the girls at … More The Newcastle Industrial Girls’ School