Aboriginal Archaeological Report for former Palais site released

In August 2009 we were very excited about the archaeological excavations being undertaken on the former Palais Royale site in Newcastle West. We are proud to report that the first of two Reports have been released covering the Aboriginal history of the site. Over 5,534 Aboriginal artefacts were recovered, representing three Aboriginal occupation periods dating … More Aboriginal Archaeological Report for former Palais site released

Quest for Macquarie Pier Foundation and Inscription Stone (1818)

In recognition of Macquarie 2010, The University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party will embark on the quest to find the Foundation and Inscription Stone laid in Newcastle by Governor Lachlan Macquarie back in 1818, and believed lost for over 190 years. Governor Lachlan Macquarie laid the foundation stone for the Newcastle breakwater, named in … More Quest for Macquarie Pier Foundation and Inscription Stone (1818)

Second blasting tunnel found in Nobbys headland

Link to online Newcastle Herald story 3 June 2009 – Second blasting tunnel found in Nobbys headland The Search for the Nobbys Gunpowder Tunnels The University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party is currently preparing a scoping document for the New South Wales Heritage Branch which sets out our goals for archaeological investigations within the … More Second blasting tunnel found in Nobbys headland

Journey to the Centre of Nobbys

The University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party have begun the search for the long lost gun powder chambers that secretly lie within the Nobbys Headland. The following document outlines the story. 1854, July 18th. New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council. New South Wales. Parliament. Legislative Council. Nobby’s Island. Laid upon the Council Table by … More Journey to the Centre of Nobbys