Reliving the Victory – 1945- 2020 Reconstruction

This rare 16mm colour film of Newcastle (Australia) celebrations during Victory in the Pacific (VP) Day in 1945 was originally silent footage. In 2020 the entire soundscape to accompany the silent footage was created. This newly created audio and reconstruction has turned this historic silent film to what you now hear in this video. Implementation … More Reliving the Victory – 1945- 2020 Reconstruction

South Maitland Railways Archive Helps Keep “Uranus”, God of the Sky in Train Form, Back On Track

The South Maitland Railways (SMR) Archive held at the University of Newcastle (Australia) has helped a team, on the other side of the world, restoring railway steam locomotives at the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland, located in Whitehead, Northern Ireland. There is a particular item located on all of their locomotives called an “injector”. These … More South Maitland Railways Archive Helps Keep “Uranus”, God of the Sky in Train Form, Back On Track

Elsie Leask, 2020 CHASS video submission

(Illustration : Cathy Wilcox, courtesy SMH) Each year CHASS Australia Prizes honour distinguished achievements by Australians working, studying, or training in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) sector, including academics, researchers, practitioners, philanthropists, policy makers, and students. In 2020 Elsie Leask entered the 2020 CHASS Prize for a Student in the Humanities, Arts and … More Elsie Leask, 2020 CHASS video submission

OAM Investiture Nationally Recognises University Service to Regional Histories

Mr Gionni Di Gravio, University Archivist, was awarded the Order of Australia Medal at the beginning of the year. But COVID restrictions delayed the official Investiture Ceremony until recently. We are delighted to report that his Investiture Ceremony was celebrated at Government House Sydney on the 9th September 2020 at 4pm. A recording of the … More OAM Investiture Nationally Recognises University Service to Regional 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

Jens Christensen (1893-1981) Lake Macquarie Film Maker

THE FILM ARCHIVES OF JENS CHRISTENSEN (1893-1981) LAKE MACQUARIE FILM MAKER An Archive Listing of the Super 8 and Standard 8 Films of Jens Christensen (1893-1981). Donated to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Archives) by his daughters Betty Williams and Norma Clark in March 2011. Accessioned: March 2012 by Sharon Mee.   BIOGRAPHICAL NOTE … More Jens Christensen (1893-1981) Lake Macquarie Film Maker

The Varied and Forgotten History of ‘Croudace House’ in New Lambton, Newcastle

By Thomas Sharples. (Edited by Dr Ann Hardy) I am currently working on a commissioned project looking at the history of ‘Croudace House’, a building first erected in 1863 to house the Lambton mine manager, Thomas Croudace, and his family. “The works appear well and effectually managed by Mr. Thomas Croudace, whose house is situated … More The Varied and Forgotten History of ‘Croudace House’ in New Lambton, Newcastle

“Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories & Joseph Lycett

Last week Tony and I were invited by Richard Neville (Mitchell Librarian, Director Engagement) to the vault at the Mitchell Library to film and talk about 3 extraordinary artifacts associated with Newcastle’s history. Firstly, Macquarie’s Chest, one of two commissioned by Commander Wallis in 1819 to curry favour with Govenor Macquarie, such a gorgeous and … More “Stories of Our Town” Documentary Series – Indigenous Histories & Joseph Lycett