“Florence Austral – Our forgotten Diva”

“Florence Austral – Our forgotten Diva” Project – Florence Austral (1892-1968) was a world renowned singer and performed in Opera Houses around the world during the early 20th century. She taught singing at the Newcastle Conservatorium (now part of UON) from 1954 until 1959. UON Library and City of Newcastle’s Community and Cultural Advisory Committee … More “Florence Austral – Our forgotten Diva”

“Stories of Our Town” Newcastle Documentary Series – Scott Sister’s of Ash Island

By Glenn Dormand Visit storiesofourtown.com This week Tony and I were all over the place working on 3 films at once. We filmed drones on Ash Island, interviewed an Aboriginal Linguist in Lake Munmorah, a Heritage Architect at Toronto as well as a full afternoon at the University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries at … More “Stories of Our Town” Newcastle Documentary Series – Scott Sister’s of Ash Island

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

“Islands of the Insane” – our records, perceptions and the lost voices from the ‘asylum’

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 4 December 2014) Paper presented at the Australian Archives Conference ‘Archives on the Edge’ University of Newcastle Tasmania, Australia 18-21 August 2015 ABSTRACT- This article examines the mental health records from the ‘Newcastle Asylum for Imbecile and Idiot’ (1871-1900) held at Archives … More “Islands of the Insane” – our records, perceptions and the lost voices from the ‘asylum’

“. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014 now online

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 1 August 2014) Dr Ann Hardy’s thesis  ““. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014″ on the national significance of the former James Fletcher Hospital site is available … More “. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014 now online

Newcastle ‘Girls’ – Chaos and Mayhem in the City

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 28 June 2013) Local Treasures 1233ABC Radio- 28 October 2014 Presenter: Carol Duncan Interviewees: Ann Hardy & Jane Ison The University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party and the National Trust of Australia (NSW) have been strong advocates of the historic Newcastle … More Newcastle ‘Girls’ – Chaos and Mayhem in the City

‘Empower a Women -Empower a Nation’ International Women’s Day – 2017

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 14 March 2017) International Women’s Day was celebrated by the Newcastle Branch of the Union of Australian Women on 3rd March 2017 at Charlestown Bowling Club with a talk by Ann Hardy. The topic was the Newcastle Industrial Girls School (1867-71) an … More ‘Empower a Women -Empower a Nation’ International Women’s Day – 2017

Vera Deacon made Freewoman of the City of Newcastle

Vera Deacon, historian and the University of Newcastle’s great philanthropist, has been awarded the Freeman of the City of Newcastle, (that she renamed the Freewoman of the City of Newcastle) at a special ceremony held in her honour on the 25 September 2019. Attended by hundreds of friends, acquaintances and admirers, Vera accepted the award … More Vera Deacon made Freewoman of the City of Newcastle