Shanghaiing in Newcastle and the Labour Schooner the Coquette & its Hunter region origins

Patrick Lindus is Cultural Collection’s first UON student ‘Historian in Residence’. His project looks at Newcastle’s Maritime history- with a particular focus on the practice of Shanghaiing in Newcastle, and the Labour Schooner the Coquette. Patrick uses his historical research skills to locate the diverse sources associated to this topic, including visual, written and oral … More Shanghaiing in Newcastle and the Labour Schooner the Coquette & its Hunter region origins

The Mystery of the Selwyn Chessmen by Greg Wilson

Have you ever heard of the Selwyn Chessmen – otherwise known as The Selwyn Trophy? Probably not! Forgotten in time, these Chessmen remain elusive in Novocastrian History. The mission is to track them down with the aid of historians and local readers of this blog. If you can shed any light on their whereabouts, no … More The Mystery of the Selwyn Chessmen by Greg Wilson

Why Mark Twain Lost A Tooth in Newcastle

Why Mark Twain Lost a Tooth in Newcastle – a Mythological Explanation By Gionni Di Gravio Archivist University of Newcastle (Australia) (Originally prepared for the Exhibition Catalogue The new adventures of Mark Twain : coalopolis to metropolis. [Newcastle, N.S.W.] : University of Newcastle, 2007. For the Coal River blog version (2013) I’ve added some extra … More Why Mark Twain Lost A Tooth in Newcastle

Cooks Hill in 1865

The coloured engraving above is a view taken from the hill overlooking Darby Street in the current suburb of Cooks Hill, Newcastle. Features include: St John’s Anglican Church, (between Darby Street and Dawson Street), directly behind is a train on the Newcastle Coal Company’s Railway, (running along Bruce Street and curving towards Dawson Street), a … More Cooks Hill in 1865

Conrad Martens in Newcastle and the Hunter

The State Library of New South Wales has digitised a selection of Conrad Martens‘ drawings. Among them are drawings that document his travels though the Hunter in the years 1841 and 1852. Conrad Martens (1801-1878), artist, was born in London England. In 1832 he joined the scientific team aboard the Beagle with Charles Darwin, replacing … More Conrad Martens in Newcastle and the Hunter

Polybius on History

Here are two beautiful thoughts from Polybius (204-122 BC), relating to the study of history, and its importance to our lives. The knowledge of what has gone before affords the best instruction for the direction and guidance of human life. and History furnishes the only proper discipline to educate and train the minds of those … More Polybius on History