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

The Inauguration of Newcastle’s “Tree Spirit” – Are the Laman Street Trees a Memorial for the War Dead?

The above video “A True ANZAC Memorial” was posted on You Tube in November 2010 and recently entered into the Laman Street Trees debate with the description: The current Newcastle City Council intends to cut down the Laman Street fig trees in order to construct a NEW ANZAC memorial. The problem is, these trees, planted … More The Inauguration of Newcastle’s “Tree Spirit” – Are the Laman Street Trees a Memorial for the War Dead?

John Rae and Newcastle

It was an accidental delight this morning to come across an engraving of John Rae in the Illustrated Sydney News of December 1853. John Rae captured Newcastle in two famous panoramas, one painted in 1849, and again in a photograph circa 1880. These two images capture the changing landscape of the town and are among … More John Rae and Newcastle

Nobbys Head on Mars

Exciting news from Col Maybury, President of the Astronomical Society of the Hunter, with the inclusion of the name ‘Nobbys Head’ on a geological feature on the planet Mars. Col wrote to the NASA team for naming rights a year or so ago as the little Mars Rover Opportunity trundled its way across the Martian … More Nobbys Head on Mars

Newcastle in January 1886

The plans of Newcastle City prepared by surveyors Mahlshedt and Gee in January 1886 are now online through our Flickr site http://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157627126833932/ These copies of plans of Newcastle were compiled in 1975-1979 by A.P Pulver from plans by Mahlshedt and Gee, surveyors and draughtsmen. The plans are of Newcastle streets with names of land owners … More Newcastle in January 1886

An Interesting Relic

“NEWCASTLE. (From Thursday’s Chronicle) AN INTERESTING RELIC. – On Friday morning last, as the workmen were employed in pulling down the walls of the Bank of New South Wales, in Watt Street, they found embedded between the plastering and the wall, a kind of small leaden case, containing a piece of white paper, about the … More An Interesting Relic

The Newcastle Fortifications – SMH 24 May 1881

http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article13484259 The Sydney Morning Herald Tuesday 24 May 1881  Page 6 of 10 THE NEWCASTLE FORTIFICATIONS. (BY OUR SPECIAL REPORTER.) On Saturday last Colonel P. H. Scratchley, R.E., C.M.G., and Colonel C. F. Roberts, visited Newcastle for the purpose of inspecting the hill known as Signal Hill, near Nobby’s, upon which the fort recommended by … More The Newcastle Fortifications – SMH 24 May 1881

Royal Newcastle Hospital Glass Plates

Six beautiful and rare images of the Royal Newcastle Hospital dating from between 1855 – 1900 have been added to the Cultural Collections (Archives) Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157621645101803/ To see the images in all their splendour click on the thumbnail and then click the ‘all sizes’ to see the larger images we have provided.