Sir Thomas Mitchell’s First Expedition (1831-1832)

Mr John Read and Mr Barry Spratt are both retired surveyors in New South Wales. John Read has field researched all of Sir Thomas Mitchell’s expeditions and has given his permission for the University of Newcastle (Australia) Cultural Collections to provide some of this work to the wider research community through the Coal River Working … More Sir Thomas Mitchell’s First Expedition (1831-1832)

Myrtle Villa Rediscovered

We’ve recently been working with Helen English Senior Lecturer at the University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Arts, who’s been researching the history of music making in the Newcastle of the 1870s. She came across a piece of music written by Franz Becker around 1876 for a “Myrtle Villa” that sat somewhere on Newcastle’s Hill. … More Myrtle Villa Rediscovered

Milton Kent’s Airplane Photographs of Newcastle

  The aerial view of Newcastle by Milton Kent,  located in TROVE, and reproduced above was originally published in The Australasian on the 22nd June 1929 page 71, and appears to come from the same set of original glass negatives reproduced below. This may provide some evidence to the dating of at least some of … More Milton Kent’s Airplane Photographs of Newcastle

National Nomination for Newcastle 2012

National Nomination – Coal River & Government Domain 2012 By Ann Hardy and Gionni Di Gravio (1.1MB PDF File) The following cover letter with copy of the National Nomination for Newcastle 2012 was sent to: Sharon Grierson MP,  Federal Member for Newcastle Tim Owen MP, State Member for Newcastle Cr. John Tate, Lord Mayor of Newcastle   ‘Coal … More National Nomination for Newcastle 2012

Conservation for Rare Fort Scratchley Plan 1879

This week the Fort Scratchley Historical Society sent us an important and rare plan of the Fort works dating from 1879 for emergency conservation work. Fort Scratchley Representative on the Coal River Working Party, Mr Bill Hanley delivered the plan to us after Monday’s meeting. We were asked to look at the plan, advise and … More Conservation for Rare Fort Scratchley Plan 1879

Annual Report 2009

COAL RIVER WORKING PARTY – ANNUAL REPORT 2009 The Chair hereby lists the CRWP’s achievements for the year 2009 in accordance with the University of Newcastle’s Building Distinction Strategic Plan 2007‐2011: University Strategic Priority: (2) International research profile and impact (3) Indigenous Collaboration and (4) Community Partnerships and Engagement and Vice Chancellor’s Your Voice Staff … More Annual Report 2009

Newcastle in 1945

Story of a City – Newcastle 1945 from bob cook on Vimeo. This is a real treasured snapshot in film of Newcastle in 1945. Thanks to Marcus Westbury for posting it on his Facebook page. See a number of other videos of historical interest to Newcastle and the Region on Bob Cook’s Vimeo site, many … More Newcastle in 1945

Coal River Working Party reviews Goal and Objectives

Over the past couple of weeks,  we have reviewed all the activities in which we are involved, and have taken to opportunity to refine our Mission objectives, goals and the necessary actions needed to achieve them. Please have a look at our Goals page by clicking on the tab on the blog’s header or located … More Coal River Working Party reviews Goal and Objectives

“On the Coalfield of New South Wales” by Henry Taylor Plews (1858)

The paper by Henry Taylor Plews “On the Coalfield of New South Wales” was published in Volume VI of the Transactions of the North of England Institute of Mining Engineers (1858). It is one of the early reports of the geology and mining in NSW, and is accompanied by 8 plans. The work of tracking … More “On the Coalfield of New South Wales” by Henry Taylor Plews (1858)

Photographs from the Interpretations Launch

Heritage Week 2008 was officially launched last night at the John Paynter Gallery, the lockup Museum. The magnificent Interpretations exhibition featuring the works of 25 local artists that have been inspired by Newcastle’s historic Coal River Precint has resulted in an exciting display of paintings, prints, photography, sculpture, ceramics and mixed media. Geraldine Bobsien, Manager … More Photographs from the Interpretations Launch