‘Rob the Ranter’-Literary Life in Early Newcastle

By Ross Edmonds. The early decades of White colonisation in and around Newcastle were dominated by the struggle for survival. In these circumstances any form of culture was thin on the ground, nevertheless the desire of at least a few people for more than purely material gain had made itself felt as early as 1835. … More ‘Rob the Ranter’-Literary Life in Early Newcastle

Survey Report – Do You Think Newcastle’s History is Significant?

The following is a general overview of an on-line survey investigating people’s perceptions of Newcastle’s history. The project was undertaken by UON Cultural Collections team and co-ordinated by UON student Brendan Josevski in the GLAMx Lab as part of an 80-hr social science placement. A simple 14 question survey was formulated and conducted asking the general … More Survey Report – Do You Think Newcastle’s History is Significant?

The Three Victorias

Trying to understand the early history of the Victoria can be very confusing and an interesting problem to untangle. The late Dr Lionel Fredman, writing in 1988, said: “There have been three theatres named the Victoria. The first, in the 1850’s, was converted from a wooden building backing onto a hotel in Watt Street, the … More The Three Victorias

Landcare Australia: Newcastle Foreshore Landscape and Urban Design Competition – 1982

“This competition for Newcastle is to produce a design in harmony with the opportunities and constraints upon the site; realistic and capable of implementation by the Council; enriching to the urban fabric of the city in contemporary terms yet recapturing the flavour of Newcastle’s illustrious past.”    

Birdwood Park: A Report on the Proposed Construction of State Highway 10A Through Birdwood Park, Newcastle: 1971

This report is concerned with the proposed construction of a highway (state highway 10A) through Birdwood Park, Newcastle. It supplements an earlier report published by the Norther Parks and Playgrounds movement (The King Street Highway: State Highway 10A: A Preliminary Report, 1968) This report attempts to emphasise that the construction of a highway through Birdwood … More Birdwood Park: A Report on the Proposed Construction of State Highway 10A Through Birdwood Park, Newcastle: 1971

Newcastle Bight: Our Sandune Wonderland!

A leaflet containing information regarding the conservation of Newcastle Bight, as composed by the Newcastle Bight Coalition. It proposed the establishment of a Coastal Park in order to preserve the area. The Newcastle Bight Coastal Park Coalition was formed in June 1993 as a coalition of interested groups and individuals for recognition and preservation of … More Newcastle Bight: Our Sandune Wonderland!

Save Blackbutt: The Case Against State Highway 23 Violating Blackbutt Reserve

On the 2nd of August, 1966, at a meeting of Newcastle City Council, the Department of Main Roads announced its intention to take State Highway No. 23 through a portion of Blackbutt Reserve. This is a case against the proposal to take an expressway, namely State Highway No. 23, through Newcastle and through a portion … More Save Blackbutt: The Case Against State Highway 23 Violating Blackbutt Reserve

Newcastle East: Hunter 2000: Supplement No. 2 – 1974

  The Objects of the National Trust as exemplified in its publication Hunter 2000 are: To make conservation an integral part of planning in the Hunter Region. To ensure that historic buildings and urban areas of special quality are conserved. To ensure the provision of adequate open space in urban areas. To protect distinctive landscapes. … More Newcastle East: Hunter 2000: Supplement No. 2 – 1974