COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: WHEN I FINALLY SLEEP TONIGHT

CASE 7: When I finally sleep tonight   Just a few train-miles from the port of Newcastle, The Borehole village grew up around two profitable mine shafts in the 1850s. Its patchwork of hut-hugging streets, small factories and a gas works was cut in two by a healthy tributary of water running off the nearby… More COAL RIVER TRUE CRIME: WHEN I FINALLY SLEEP TONIGHT

Shanghaiing in Newcastle and the Labour Schooner the Coquette & its Hunter region origins

Patrick Lindus is Cultural Collection’s first UON student ‘Historian in Residence’. His project looks at Newcastle’s Maritime history- with a particular focus on the practice of Shanghaiing in Newcastle, and the Labour Schooner the Coquette. Patrick uses his historical research skills to locate the diverse sources associated to this topic, including visual, written and oral… More Shanghaiing in Newcastle and the Labour Schooner the Coquette & its Hunter region origins

‘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