Ashleigh Duncan, Intern University of Sydney, Museum and Heritage Studies The secret pool hidden beneath City Arcade in Newcastle has been a topic of conversation that is renewed almost yearly since 2012 when Barney Langford wrote an article for the ABC about the history of the site. The baths reside on Awabakal land, and while … More The Rise and Fall of the Newcomen-street Corporation Baths: Newcastle’s White Elephant
The Spanish Influenza epidemic of 1918-1920 struck Newcastle and the lower Hunter between March and September, 1919. During that time the disease claimed 494 lives in the district. Planning for the necessity of responding to the epidemic began before the disease’s arrival. An Influenza Committee was set up, and when the first cases appeared in … More Spanish Flu and Newcastle 1919: What can we learn today?
By Louise Gale In Ross Edmonds’ post of 14 May 2019 on “Rob the Ranter” (1), he discusses the anonymous “Rob’s” contribution to the cultural life of Newcastle in 1861, and mentions Rob’s literary fellows: three equally anonymous poets who used only their initials in their contributions to the Newcastle Chronicle and Hunter River … More “M.E.H.”, Rob the Ranter’s Adored Poet
By Louise Gale In Ross Edmonds’ post of 14 May 2019 on “Rob the Ranter” (1), he discusses the anonymous “Rob’s” contribution to the cultural life of Newcastle in 1861. Leo Butler’s article in the Newcastle Morning Herald in 1954 (2) similarly pays tribute to “Rob” for being amongst the small band of commentators “to … More Unmasking “Rob the Ranter”
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
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?
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
Media Production Television students where tasked with assisting with the archival process of digitalising old NBN Television shows. … More NBN Television Archive Report- Communication student project
“Newcastle people are tough and resilient. They are no strangers to hardship and as a result of this earthquake we will have the chance to not only recover, but to renew both ourselves and our community. And our suffering will strengthen our resolve to make for a better future.” Graham R Lawrence, Dean of Christ … More The Newcastle Earthquake of 1989
“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.”