We recently received a call for help from Tourism Newcastle relating to an enquiry (presumably from a Tasmanian) questioning Newcastle’s claim of being Australia’s second oldest city: “I was recently visiting your “visitnewcastle.com.au” website and was surprised to see that it is claiming Newcastle to be Australia’s second oldest city. I would like to … More Newcastle – First Among Seconds?
Newcastle Coal Mining & Government Mines – 1796- 1820s By Dr Ann Hardy – April 2014 University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party There is confusion about the early coal mines of Newcastle and although the Australian Agricultural Company mines are well documented there is little research on the government coal mines (particularly the coal … More Newcastle Coal Mining & Government Mines 1796-1820s
The Mitchell Library has digitised a circa 1860s linen copy of one of the earliest drawings of early Newcastle when only a fledgling settlement in 1804. Its creator was artist Ferdinand Bauer, 1760 – 1826, and the drawing is located in the library’s collections at Call Number SV1B/Newc/1800-1809/1, and measures 8 1/2 x 15 3/8 … More Ferdinand Bauer 1804 View of Newcastle