Dr Ben Champion’s Histories of Newcastle Hospital 1815-1915

Dr Champion’s Histories of the Newcastle Hospital Dr Ben Champion’s typescript manuscript works Newcastle Hospital 1817-1915 (a.k.a. Newcastle Hospital Register) in four volumes and The History of Newcastle Hospital 1891-1915 stand as important works on the Newcastle hospital’s history. Their importance lies in the fact that Dr Champion, in compiling his histories, had access to … More Dr Ben Champion’s Histories of Newcastle Hospital 1815-1915

Margaret Henry (1934-2015) & the Social History of Medicine in Newcastle

The Fringe Histories theme for May is ‘Medical Histories’. Dr Jude Conway has submitted the following post about Margaret Henry (1934-2015) and the social history of Medicine in Newcastle. By Dr Jude Conway While living in England for two stints in the 1970s the late historian and community activist, Margaret Henry, completed a Masters thesis … More Margaret Henry (1934-2015) & the Social History of Medicine in Newcastle

The Birth of a Dream : Jenny’s Place Women & Children’s Refuge Newcastle (1977-2017)

“The Birth of a Dream : Jenny’s Place Women & Children’s Refuge Newcastle (Sept 1977- Sept 2017)” Compiled by Suzanne (Suzie) Romani. Foreward written by Marcia Chapman, Manager Jenny’s Place Inc. Publication “The Birth of a Dream : Jenny’s Place Women & Children’s Refuge Newcastle (Sept 1977- Sept 2017)” is a history of Jenny’s Place … More The Birth of a Dream : Jenny’s Place Women & Children’s Refuge Newcastle (1977-2017)

Call for blog posts – Fringe Histories

This project Calls for blog posts on Hunter Living Histories website. If you are a student, alumni or academic we invite you to contribute a blog post to Hunter Living Histories website on themes reflecting diversity, our marginalised communities and lost histories on the fringe of research, using Special Collections resources. Some of our online … More Call for blog posts – Fringe Histories

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?