Maitland Floods in 1864

    THE FLOOD AT MAITLAND. (From Illustrated Sydney News 16 July 1864 p.4) http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article63512023 The tendency of the Hunter River to overflow its banks has always been a source of anxiety to the residents in its vicinity. Three times during the current year have they suffered from those visitations, the most disastrous being that … More Maitland Floods in 1864

Newcastle in 1889 (Illustrated Sydney News 27 June 1889)

The Illustrated Sydney News, from time to time, would provide updates on the progress of various townships and cities across New South Wales. In some cases it was accompanied with a spectacular engraving. What fascinates us, besides the wonderful detail, is how it was done? The perspective appears to be in the sky, but how … More Newcastle in 1889 (Illustrated Sydney News 27 June 1889)

Newcastle in 1855 (Illustrated Sydney News)

NEWCASTLE. Newcastle, formerly known as King’s Town, is a free port in the County of Northumberland. It is situated about eighty miles from Sydney, at the mouth of the Hunter, which, rising in the Liverpool Range, passes through a fertile and extensive tract of country, and receiving, below the thriving inland town of Maitland, two … More Newcastle in 1855 (Illustrated Sydney News)

Mysterious “Mr Thorn” – Unsung Saviour of Nobbys and Princes

Mysterious “Mr Thorn” – Unsung Saviour of Nobbys and Princes By Gionni Di Gravio In 1853 the Government hatched a plan to blow up Nobbys island in order to build a lighthouse. Lieutenant Colonel Barney and Gother T. Mann on the 4 March 1853 agreed and embraced the idea of blasting the rock. By April … More Mysterious “Mr Thorn” – Unsung Saviour of Nobbys and Princes