Videocast – Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801–2012

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 11 September 2012) “‘Here is an Asylum open…’ Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801–2012” by Ann Hardy PhD candidate in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Presented on the 7th September as part of the 2012 History Seminar … More Videocast – Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801–2012

The Newcastle Industrial Girls’ School

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 28 June 2013) The Newcastle Industrial Girls’ School, ‘…the little volcano slumbered’ The Newcastle Industrial School for Girls opened in 1867 and was the beginning of a new era at the Government Domain (James Fletcher Hospital). The story of the girls at … More The Newcastle Industrial Girls’ School

“Islands of the Insane” – our records, perceptions and the lost voices from the ‘asylum’

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 4 December 2014) Paper presented at the Australian Archives Conference ‘Archives on the Edge’ University of Newcastle Tasmania, Australia 18-21 August 2015 ABSTRACT- This article examines the mental health records from the ‘Newcastle Asylum for Imbecile and Idiot’ (1871-1900) held at Archives … More “Islands of the Insane” – our records, perceptions and the lost voices from the ‘asylum’

“. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014 now online

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 1 August 2014) Dr Ann Hardy’s thesis  ““. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014″ on the national significance of the former James Fletcher Hospital site is available … More “. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014 now online

‘Empower a Women -Empower a Nation’ International Women’s Day – 2017

(This post has been transferred from ‘Newcastle Government Domain’ WordPress site- originally posted 14 March 2017) International Women’s Day was celebrated by the Newcastle Branch of the Union of Australian Women on 3rd March 2017 at Charlestown Bowling Club with a talk by Ann Hardy. The topic was the Newcastle Industrial Girls School (1867-71) an … More ‘Empower a Women -Empower a Nation’ International Women’s Day – 2017

Natural History Illustration Field Studies & Culture Class NHIL3004 visits the historic sites of Newcastle and Beyond

On the 6th October 2017  the University of Newcastle (Australia)’s Natural History Illustration Field Studies & Culture Class NHIL3004 visited the historic sites of Newcastle. Under the supervision of Dr Bernadette Drabsch, the students were introduced to a variety of important places on a walking tour including Christ Church Cathedral, the former Parsonage site, the … More Natural History Illustration Field Studies & Culture Class NHIL3004 visits the historic sites of Newcastle and Beyond

Thesis sheds national spotlight on history of former James Fletcher Hospital Site

Dr Ann Hardy’s thesis  “. . . here is an Asylum open . . .” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801 – 2014″ on the national significance of the former James Fletcher Hospital site is now available free of charge on the University’s NOVA database. It explores the earliest permanent settlement at … More Thesis sheds national spotlight on history of former James Fletcher Hospital Site

Newcastle Volunteer Service Award for Dr Ann Hardy

The University of Newcastle’s Coal River Working Party is very honoured with the recognition of the outstanding services of one of its researchers, Dr Ann Hardy. At a ceremony held on Wednesday 30th July 2014 at Souths Leagues Club Merewether, Dr Hardy received a 2014 Newcastle Volunteer Service Award for her services to Newcastle and … More Newcastle Volunteer Service Award for Dr Ann Hardy

Lord Mayor’s Round Table

The History Channel (through WTFN Productions in Melbourne) is currently in pre-production for ten (10) half hour TV shows entitled “Tony Robinson Walks.”  This TV series will identify little known compelling stories illustrating our unique Australian character and feature Tony Robinson, star of the Time Team, The Worst Jobs in History, and Blitz Street. Newcastle … More Lord Mayor’s Round Table