Fortress Newcastle: A Call To Action

Fortress Newcastle: A Call To Action Lessons from History: Can Newcastle and the Hunter & Central Coast Regions help in the fight against COVID-19?   History repeats, and now is the time for our past achievements to help the world confronted with new challenges.  The Newcastle Industrial Heritage Association’s story of “Fortress Newcastle” is one … More Fortress Newcastle: A Call To Action

A Message Concerning Our Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

To our staff, student community and global researchers and patrons. In line with our University of Newcastle’s COVID019 safety advice as of Monday 23rd March 2020 we are placing the following measures in place with our service delivery: Our staff who wish to do so for either personal health reasons or as a safety precaution … More A Message Concerning Our Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

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?

GLAMx AV Digitisation Project – What We Need Right Now (Help)

Phillip Lloyd is the person responsible for setting up our GLAMx AV lab with a range of machines to capture our Hunter Region’s historic audio-visual film and magnetic tape archives, including the NBN Television Archives dating from 1962, and our University’s historic film holdings dating from the 1920s. In the video above Phil explains what … More GLAMx AV Digitisation Project – What We Need Right Now (Help)

Newcastle Joyful and Happy – Victory in the Pacific (VP) Celebrations Newcastle (N.S.W.) in 1945

A rare colour 16mm film of Newcastle in the throes of celebration and jubilation at the end of World War II has emerged and has been digitised by the University of Newcastle’s GLAMx AV Lab. The film begins with the front page of The Newcastle Sun of Wednesday 15 August 1945 with the headline “WAR … More Newcastle Joyful and Happy – Victory in the Pacific (VP) Celebrations Newcastle (N.S.W.) in 1945

Turner’s ‘Truly Australian’ postcards!

Dr. Amir Mogadam, Paige Wright In Australia in 1906, the postcard industry was booming. J. A. Turner’s paintings were popular and commonly reproduced by Australian publishers. “The Enemy” (left image) from the Allan Family Postcard Collection is one example. It is a reproduction of Turner’s larger (100.3x 151.1 cm) oil on canvas painting titled “On Guard” (1892) … More Turner’s ‘Truly Australian’ postcards!

Vale Chris Bourne – Cultural Collections Digitisation Officer and Project Assistant dies aged 62

It is with great sadness that we convey the news that our wonderful friend and colleague, Chris Bourne, passed away in the early hours of Valentine’s Day 14 February 2020 aged 62. Christopher Owen Bourne was born on the 31 July 1957. He was educated at Jame Ruse Agricultural High School and matriculated in 1976 … More Vale Chris Bourne – Cultural Collections Digitisation Officer and Project Assistant dies aged 62

Kon, Koun or Koin – Supreme Invisible and Unknown Being of the Aboriginal Peoples of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie

KON or KOUN (pronounced ‘cone’) – The Great Unknown Being and his wife TIPPAKALLEEN Threlkeld, L.E. Australian Reminiscences & Papers of L.E.Threlkeld, Missionary to the Aborigines, 1824-1859. 2 vols, ed. Niel Gunson. Canberra: Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies, 1974. References: see pp. 3, 5, 41, 62-63, 77-78 and pp. 192 – 193. 1825 KOEN Threlkeld … More Kon, Koun or Koin – Supreme Invisible and Unknown Being of the Aboriginal Peoples of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie