Downloading original sized photos from Flickr

Downloading original sized photos from Flickr

Many people have asked us how to download photos from our Flickr site:

The following instructions for PC were current as of 17 March 2015, but, as Flickr’s interface often changes, the method may change at any time.

1. On the photo page, click the downward pointing arrow in the bottom right corner as shown –
Downloading original sized photos from Flickr

2. Click View all sizes

Downloading original sized photos from Flickr2

3. Click Original

Downloading original sized photos from Flickr3
4. When the original sized image appears, right-click it, and save it to your hard drive or other medium.

A PDF copy of the above instructions is available.

Seminar reminders

A reminder that at 4pm this Thursday, 19 March, the first ‘Religion, Marxism & Secularism’ seminar this semester will that place in Cultural Collections. Alan Cadwallader from the Australian Catholic University will then be speaking about “Peasant plucking in [Gospel of] Mark: implications for ecological perceptions”.

Also in Cultural Collections, the following morning (ie at 10am, Friday 20 March) we have a special History seminar in memory of the late Professor Alan Ward and his work.


Sanders Family Bible Donated to Cultural Collections UON

Sanders Family Bible donated to Cultural Collection in the Auchmuty Library UON, l-r Gionni Di Gravio, University Archivist; Lyn Keily, Special Collections Librarian, with great great grand daughters of Nicholas and Isabell Sanders, Joy-Elaine Lewis and Helen Lewis

Sanders Family Bible donated to Cultural Collection in the Auchmuty Library UON, l-r Gionni Di Gravio, University Archivist; Lyn Keily, Special Collections Librarian, with Great great grand daughters of Nicholas and Isabell Sanders, Joy-Elaine Lewis and Helen Lewis

We are delighted to announce that the Sanders Family Bible, and associated memorabilia, was officially donated to the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections in the Auchmuty Library yesterday, 10th March 2015.

The large tome, printed in Glasgow, possibly during the years 1864-1866 and measuring approx 36cm x 26cm x 10cm; containing 950 pages, was previously owned by Nicholas and Isabell (nee Hodgson) Sanders. The initial pages record the births, marriages and deaths of various family members over the years.

The volume, and associated photographs and memorabilia, including a mysterious ‘feather’, according to family folklore, purporting to be from the original bird that graced the illustrated biscuit tins of Arnotts, is also included within the Bible’s pages.

Nicholas Sanders was born in 1842 in Cornwall, England, and married Isabell Hodgson (born in 1844 in Durham) in June 1864 in Isabell’s home town of Durham. They were the first of the Sanders family to migrate to Australia in 1886, and settled in Wallsend, where the family worked in coal mining and farming interests. Isabell died in 1915, and Nicolas in 1921, both buried in the Methodist cemetery in Wallsend.

We thank the great great grand daughter of Nicholas and Isabell, Joy-Elaine Lewis and Helen Lewis for arranging the donation of this precious family treasure to us. They have ensured that all the senior family members have been notified, are are happy with the Bible’s new home within the University’s Cultural Collections.

They have also enthusiastically embarked on extensive family research uncovering many connections across the Hunter Region to the Arnott’s Biscuit Company, Annesley House in Mayfield, and the Dudley Mine Disaster, and thank them for providing this research to us.

Australia’s forgotten ANZACS

Australia's forgotten ANZACs: Lost images from Australia's first


Lost images from Australia’s first conflict – the fall of German New Guinea


The University Gallery

25 March – 11 April 2015

Thomas James Rodoni’s glass plate negatives were unearthed from under a house in Speers Point by Rodoni’s son Bill, and given to Cultural Collections at the University of Newcastle in 2014 – one hundred years after the start of WW1.

These glass negatives were lost treasures that documented the first military conflict of the First War, the fall of German New Guinea, an engagement that witnessed the first casualties of WW1. This extremely rare collection is by one of the few non-official photographers during the war and this is the first time these images will be on display, commemorating 100 years of ANZAC.

The University Gallery and Cultural Collections acknowledge the support of the late Bill Rodoni and his family and Chris and Frances Fussell in bringing this extraordinary collection to light.

The exhibition is a part of a series of events celebrating the University of Newcastle’s 50th anniversary.

Gallery talk with the University archivist and conservator about Rodoni’s glass plate negatives:
Friday 27 MARCH at 5:15pm

Then join Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Professor Andrew Parfitt at the official launch and cocktail party at the University Gallery: from 6pm

History Research Seminar Series 2015

History @ Newcastle

Research Seminar Series


Seminars are held in Cultural Collections @ Auchmuty Library (ground floor, through AIC), from 10am, and are followed by morning tea at 11am.

Semester One, 2015

Week 2 Helen English – University of Newcastle
Friday 6 March “Migrant musicians and their impact on the emerging cultural life of Newcastle and its townships, 1860-1880″
Week 4 Alan Ward Memorial Seminar
Friday 20 March Reflections on the work of the late Prof Alan Ward
Chaired by Prof Peter Hempenstall
Week 5
Friday 27 March The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 25–27 March
Week 7 Jan MacLeod – University of Newcastle
Friday 24 April “Within reach, beyond care: medical care during the Papuan (Kokoda) Campaign”
Week 9
Dr Matthew Lewis – University of Newcastle
Friday 8 May “Sectarianism and IRA violence on the Irish border: Armagh-Louth, 1920–22”
Week 11 Prof Paula Hamilton – University of Technology, Sydney
Friday 22 May TBA
Week 13 Dr Julie McIntyre – University of Newcastle
Friday 5 June “Feral Vineyards and Fashion Mistakes: The environmental and cultural drawbacks of wine fever”

For more information contact or visit the History @ Newcastle Facebook page.

Riparian life

Julianne Tilse - Riparian Life
Julianne Tilse

Riparian Life: a visual navigation of the Hunter River Estuary

PhD Exhibition 4 – 20 March 2015
The University Gallery

This PhD exhibition addresses my quest to better understand the dynamic and changing landscape of the Hunter River Estuary in New South Wales, Australia.

Fresh perceptions of the river emerge with interdisciplinary research and practical encounters of being in and moving through this specific riparian landscape – experienced from within and upon the river in a rowing boat, across times and tides.

The exhibition offers a synchronisation of art, science and philosophy in works of art that echo a deeply felt connection to the river – a living enquiry – aiming to expand perceptiveness and enliven a more astute sensitivity for the Hunter River. A series of oil paintings on linen, drawings on paper and a photo-media archive suggest that creative outcomes often transcend empirical and objective realities to become windows into an unknown liminal landscape.

- Julianne Tilse, 2015

Please join the artist for the opening by Dr. Bernie Curran at the University Gallery:
Saturday 7 March at 2:00pm

Sociology and Anthropology Seminar Series

Sociology and Anthropology Seminar SeriesSemester 1, 2015

All seminars are held in The Cultural Collections reading room on Level 2 of the Auchmuty Library, Callaghan.

Thursday 12th March (4:00)

A pilot study of the experience of modern academic working life: Productivity increase or unsustainable intensification of work?

Michael Bittman, Adjunct Senior Research Fellow, University of New England

Thursday 2nd April (4:00)

Is there any such thing as Research Ethics? Towards a Professional Ethics of Social Scientific Researchers.

Nathan Emmerich, Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen’s University Belfast.

Thursday 7th May (4:00)

New Orleans Voodoo: A Discursive and Semiotic Exploration of a House of Voodoo

Emma Quilty, School of Humanities & Social Science, University of Newcastle

Thursday 28th May (4:00)

Women, Weight, Social Class and Aging: Going Beyond a Metabolic Approach to Health

Melisa Audet, Research Centre on Aging, University of Sherbrooke, Canada

Thursday 4th June (4:00)

Uni Choosers and Refusers: ‘Choice’ as a Foucauldian Problematisation of Widening Participation Policy and Practice in Higher Education

Dr. Erica Southgate, School of Education, University of Newcastle.

All welcome!

Afternoon tea provided.
For further details please contact Dr David Farrugia ( or Emma Quilty (