On Friday 1 March 2019, two members of the Cultural Collections team attended a very interesting presentation on Alexander Galloway’s Lost Diggers of Weston at the Kurri Kurri Library.
The presentation was given by representatives from Towns with Heart and the Edgeworth David Museum, including Lexie Matthews and Cheryle Shoesmith (Edgeworth David Museum) and Graham Smith, Bill Holland and Sharon Dyson-Smith (Towns with Heart). The presenters covered the story of Alexander Galloway, coalfields photographer, as well as the stories of the Great War diggers whose photos he captured prior to their embarkation.
This presentation was the prelude to the Lost Diggers Exhibition to be held on the 2019 ANZAC weekend in the Saint Paul the Apostle Anglican Church Hall, Lang Street, Kurri Kurri. The exhibition will feature photos of all 60 Lost Diggers, together with the stories of those who have been identified. These photos were produced from scans of the original glass plate negatives.
Full details of the forthcoming exhibition will be posted as soon as they are available.
In the spirit of the festive season, we have gathered together many of our Christmas and New Year cards and postcards from the Victorian, Edwardian and 1920s eras. They’re from the Moore, Dalton, Lawton and Rodd Collections.
We hope you enjoy the Festive Cards exhibition!
If you studied at the University of Newcastle (Australia), Newcastle Teachers’ College, or Newcastle CAE/HIHE, you may enjoy a trip down memory lane by browsing through some of the diverse selection of serials published by student societies or by the institutions themselves. These include:
All of these serials are held in the University Archives.
Some wonderful volunteers in the Cultural Collections team have digitised them and we have finally brought them together in Living Histories @ UON. You can browse through them at https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/79874 or search for a name at https://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/index
If you have some recollections you would like to share with the world, we have some instructions.
One of the most popular registers in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle’s Archives is the East Maitland baptisms (1829-1859), marriages (1828-1897) and burials (1829-1854) register which was recently digitised by Damien Linnane, one of our wonderful volunteers.
Damien and two of our other amazing volunteers, Emily Hampton and Ethan Simpson, have started digitising registers from the Diocese. This is a VERY large collection and it will take a long time to get through them as we only have one book scanner, but you can see any that have been done from the lists at https://libguides.newcastle.edu.au/anglican/parishregisters
If the text of a date is dark blue and bold the register has been digitised and is available from Living Histories @ UON.
If you would care to assist us by transcribing a register, or even part of a register, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photo by Percy Sternbeck
We have just uploaded 108 photos taken during the Tamworth Country Music Festival in January 1989 by Percy Sternbeck. They are from the Coalfields Heritage Group’s Collection on Living Histories @ UON.
These feature musicians playing in the streets and other street scenes.
If you can identify any of the people or buildings in the photos, please contact us.
Aerial view from the east immediately prior to commencement of construction of Hydro Kurri Kurri Ltd, 7 Dec 1977
Photos of Kurri Hydro
The aluminium plant at Kurri Kurri, owned by Alcan, began operations in 1969, and was acquired by Hydro in 2002. The smelter was a significant employer for the community, employing around 500 people at the time of its closure. [Source: Wikipedia]
Sadly, Hydro Kurri Kurri ceased production in October 2012 and was permanently closed in 2014.
However, photos of earlier days have been preserved in an album donated by Hydro to the Coalfields Heritage Group, and their digitisation enables us to revisit this time. You can see them on our Living Histories @ UON site.
Bingles Hill Estate, Tighes Hill
We have just transferred the wonderful Northumberland and Permanent Building Investment Land and Loan Society collection of land subdivision plans from our Flickr site to the Living Histories site. As we did so, we added some details, corrected information and generally fixed up the records.
We invite you to help us to make more improvements:
Any help you can give us is much appreciated!