‘Novelist draws on city’s deep and more recent past for thrilling inspiration’

Antoinette Holm has published two works of fiction that draw upon the texture of Newcastle life, its history and heritage, to create a riveting and exciting series about an ordinary woman from Newcastle who gets caught up in corruption and political intrigue. Antoinette lived in Newcastle from 1994 to 2007 and during that time the… More ‘Novelist draws on city’s deep and more recent past for thrilling inspiration’

The Convict Coal Mines of Newcastle (Coast Series 3 Filmshoot Backgrounder)

When was coal first identified here? And by who? Australia’s first discoveries of coal were in 1791 (unoffically) and 1796 and 1797 (officially, by unnamed fishermen and Lieutenant John Shortland respectively), leading to the first export (1799) and first profit (1801) of a natural resource in this country. 1791 Coal River (Mulubinba) and Government Domain… More The Convict Coal Mines of Newcastle (Coast Series 3 Filmshoot Backgrounder)

Reports of Aboriginal Massacres in Port Stephens and Baker’s Island, 1829 – 1834

The Death of Young Moses – Were Aboriginal Massacres committed in Port Stephens and Baker’s Island (i.e., Dempsey Island, Newcastle)? Whilst searching for a reference to an Aboriginal man named Moses Melmonth (?), friend of Vera Deacon’s late father, Norman Pember, that she mentioned in an interview with Dr Ann Hardy, we located a reference… More Reports of Aboriginal Massacres in Port Stephens and Baker’s Island, 1829 – 1834

Beautiful Images of Newcastle in the 1870s from the State Library of Victoria

These wonderful postcard image Views of Newcastle from the mid-1870s are available in both jpg and tif format from the State Library of Victoria site here: http://search.slv.vic.gov.au/primo_library/libweb/action/dlDisplay.do?vid=MAIN&docId=SLV_VOYAGER2517591&fn=permalink Click on the images to see the higher resolution jpgs generated from the original tif images. Dr Ann Hardy has located very similar postcard images in the Holtermann… More Beautiful Images of Newcastle in the 1870s from the State Library of Victoria

TRUE CRIME: FROM WHITECHAPEL TO WHERE

CASE 6: FROM WHITECHAPEL TO WHERE BY DAVID MURRAY The First Fleet disembarked at New South Wales in 1788 with documents solipsistically claiming land ownership and a sideline reference to dual occupancy with the local Aborigines. The new proprietors claimed (to themselves) that they would endeavour by every possible means to open an intercourse with… More TRUE CRIME: FROM WHITECHAPEL TO WHERE

The Death of Burigon, Chief of the Newcastle Tribe (1820)

Thanks to historian Dr Mark Dunn who, whilst conducting research for his PhD, came across this important sketch map located  within the State Records of New South Wales, showing the actual location of the attack on Burigon, Chief of the Newcastle Tribe, which resulted in his death in 1820. The murder of Burigon was a… More The Death of Burigon, Chief of the Newcastle Tribe (1820)