Item 14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

The Carrington Albums Visit Newcastle

Item 14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Item 14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

FREE EVENT

VIEWING OF THE CARRINGTON ALBUMS
& PRESENTATION BY DR ANNE LLEWELLYN ON NATURAL HISTORY ILLUSTRATION

WHEN: WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE 2015
WHERE: CULTURAL COLLECTIONS, LEVEL 2 AUCHMUTY LIBRARY UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE
TIME: 10AM – 12PM

We are delighted to announce that three of the Carrington Albums containing examples of exquisitely beautiful illuminated addresses produced across Newcastle, Maitland and the wider Hunter Region in the 1880s will be visiting the Newcastle regional repositories of NSW State Records at the University of Newcastle’s Auchmuty Library on the 3rd June 2015 and Newcastle Regional Public Library on the 4th June 2015.

The Carrington Albums were a series of 22 bound volumes of illuminated addresses, containing finely detailed illuminated borders, hand painted illustrations and well-wishing messages from residents, towns and associations across the State in honour of Lord Carrington, who served as Governor from 1885 to 1890.

The beauty of the addresses wonderfully illustrate the respect and love that the people of New South Wales had for Lord Carrington and his wife. The feeling was mutual, and manifested locally. For instance, such was Lady Carrington’s depth of feeling for families, that Lord Carrington made an unsheduled visit to Merewether in Newcastle to help boost the fund raising efforts for the women and children of the men killed in the Hamilton Pit disaster on 22 June 1889.

Funeral of Glebe Pit men, St Augustine's, Merewether, [3 July 1889] (Courtesy of University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections) https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/3342977526

Funeral of Glebe Pit men, St Augustine’s, Merewether, [3 July 1889]
(Courtesy of University of Newcastle, Cultural Collections) https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/3342977526

The Carrington Volumes accompanied Lord Carrington back to England in 1890, where they remained in Buckinghamshire until they were donated a three years ago to NSW State Records by Lord Carrington’s descendents and the Centre for Buckinghamshire Studies. State Records NSW have been touring these treasures to regional centres and taking those albums containing relevant illuminated addresses back to their place of origin.

It’s now our Hunter Region’s turn, and we have been asked to host a morning event, to allow the wider University and Hunter Regional communities to view these items for the first time in over 125 years. Representatives from State Records NSW will be in attendence.

Three of the volumes will be on display at the University of Newcastle, and a free event will be held in the Friends Reading Room in Cultural Collections, Level 2 Auchmuty Library. Guest speaker will be Dr Anne Llewellyn, Head of School of Design, Communication and IT, who will be speaking on the significance of the volumes with regards to natural history illustration. The University’s Natural Illustration Course is the only course of its kind in an Australian University, and one of a handful worldwide, that brings the talents of artists and scientists together.

All welcome. Please RSVP to archives@newcastle.edu.au or 49215354

Background: http://gallery.records.nsw.gov.au/index.php/galleries/carrington-albums-illuminated-addresses/

Links to sample images from Volume 2:

Cover - Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Cover – Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

00 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects [Cover]
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21027&format=print

Spine - Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Spine – Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, containing Colonial views, flowers, birds and insects (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

00 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No.2, [spine]
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21028&format=print

Item 09 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Item 09 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

09 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21040&format=print

Item 10 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District (Courtesy NSW State Records)

Item 10 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District (Courtesy NSW State Records)

10 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Inhabitants of Newcastle and Towns of Surrounding District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21041&format=print

Item 11 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSw State Records)

Item 11 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSw State Records)

11 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21042&format=print

12 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

12 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

12 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21043&format=print

13 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSw State Records)

13 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District (Courtesy of NSw State Records)

13 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the People of East Maitland, West Maitland, Morpeth and District
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21044&format=print

14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

14 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21045&format=print

15 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

15 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland (Courtesy of NSW State Records)

15 Addresses Presented to Lord Carrington Governor of New South Wales 1886 No. 2, Address From the Residents of Maitland
http://investigator.records.nsw.gov.au/Entity.aspx?Path=\Image\21046&format=print

Call for information

Please help us to identify this event

Photo

Crowd at Broadmeadow Station, possibly in May 1916.

It has been suggested that the crowd is farewelling either the 35th or 36th Battalion from Broadmeadow Station, Newcastle, NSW in May 1916.

The Trove references to the above events are:
“GOD-SPEED THE 35TH.” Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) 1 May 1916: 5. Web. 21 May 2015.
and
“GOOD-BYE, 36TH.” Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) 13 May 1916: 5. Web. 21 May 2015.

This image was scanned from a 35mm slide taken by the late Dr John Turner (1933 – 1998), local historian and lecturer.

If you can identify the event in the photo, please contact us by emailing archives@newcastle.edu.au

Mulubinba: Place of Sea Ferns

E-invitation

MULUBINBA
Place of Sea Ferns

Exhibition

6 – 30 May 2015

The University Gallery

This exhibition explores the history of the Aboriginal people of the Newcastle area and will trace their stories, culture and their intrinsic relationship with the land. Significant sites, traditional practices and the sharing of stories, will be brought into focus as we celebrate the University and its community in 2015, and acknowledge the custodians of the land.

Original artifacts, flora and fauna will accompany early images by European artists, and will set the scene as the exhibition follows the history and development of Newcastle from an Aboriginal perspective. Photographs will also mark the ever-changing contemporary landscapes within the community.

Curated by Mandy Kelly and Gillean Shaw. Presented in association with The Wollotuka Institute: a leader in Indigenous education at the University of Newcastle.

The exhibition will also include the launch of Professor John Maynard’s new book, Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Whose Traditional Land?.

In his book Maynard studies the history of the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal people and their relationship to the present site of the University of Newcastle: Callaghan.

Exploring Pambalong lifestyle and culture, as well as differences between Aboriginal and Western understandings of land tenure, Maynard reveals both their struggles in the wake of settlement and their ultimate survival.

Copies of John Maynard’s 2014 publication,True Light and Shade: An Aboriginal Perspective of Joseph Lycett’s Art, published by the National Library of Australia, will also be available for purchase during the exhibition

Please join us for the opening and book launch at the University Gallery:
Wednesday 6 May from 6 – 8pm
with a welcome performance by Ray Kelly Jnr.

 

 

Hapticivism

Louise McAlpine exhibition

LOUISE MCALPINE

HAPTICIVISM: haptic + activism

An Artistic Imperative

MPhil Exhibition

15 April – 2 May 2015

The University Gallery

haptic
/ˈhæptɪk/ adjective
1. relating to or based on the sense of touch
As an art object maker the mediums I use to create installations are mainly of a textile nature. My visual and haptic senses combine to create my hand crafted oeuvre, but my sense of touch is the ‘curator’ in my studio. It negotiates with my other senses although the final word rests with ‘touch’. I constantly force my touch sense to dictate aesthetically in the decision making process. I acknowledge that with the dominance of the ‘visual’ in the field of art and in the ever increasing digital/virtual world, this becomes a daily challenge.

In today’s digitally dominated environment, it is difficult to not spend at least a few hours in touch with a digital interface. Significantly, it is at this point of contact with a digital device that the user is only in touch with one kind of tactile experience. These are smooth flat surfaces which are globally generic in shape, size and form. It is in this space that I choose to initiate my Hapticivism: an interruption of haptic action.

– Louise McAlpine, 2015

Please join the artist for the opening at the University Gallery:
Saturday 18 APRIL from 2pm

Manhattan and the merging of Modernism

Grant Vercoe Exhibition

GRANT VERCOE

Manhattan and the merging of Modernism

MPhil Exhibition

15 April – 2 May 2015

The University Gallery

Drawing inspiration from the great modern architectural icons of Manhattan, New York, my paintings aim to visually articulate the experience of the scale of this metropolis. This research explores recent responses to the architecture of Modernism, Neo-Modernism and post-modernist Deconstructive architecture.

This exhibition of paintings is drawn from a body of photographic images captured on a research trip to New York in June 2011.

– Grant Vercoe, 2015

Please join the artist for the opening at the University Gallery:
Saturday 18 April from 2pm

Rodoni Archive Now Online

Public Parade ‘Domain Artillery of the Front’, Sydney? c.1914

It is with great pleasure that we announce that the photographic glass and film negatives of Thomas James Rodoni (1882-1956) have now been digitised and are freely available in high resolution on our flickr site as The Rodoni Archive:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157651638124931/

This amazing collection was donated in February 2014 by Thomas (‘TJ’) Rodoni’s son Bill to the Cultural Collections, UON-Library, with the assistance of family friends Chris and Frances Fussell.  Since Bill’s death in late 2014, other members of the family have stepped in and assisted in donating further negatives, and providing important papers to the University’s Archives. We thank Ian Rodoni and family for his help in the identification of family members and in providing family records to assist in the accessioning and description process. We also thank renown Hunter Valley military historian David Dial OAM for his help in describing the military related photographs documenting World War 1 patriotic recruitment drives across New South Wales, and military campaigns in German Papua New Guinea.

Special thanks has to go to our volunteers Natasha Schroder, and historians Ken Thornton and Dr Ann Hardy for their work on this project. Natasha scanned every glass negative, while Ken and Ann researched the historical background of each image, documenting as much as they could find on the dating, geo-tagging and synthesising information that is continuing to come in through our social media networks.

Dr Ann Hardy (Uni Historian) and Mark Sutherland (Associate Librarian Research and Information Services) (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Dr Ann Hardy (Uni Historian) and Mark Sutherland (Associate Librarian Research and Information Services) (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

The initial upload of the negatives to our flickr site: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/ broke all our records with 119,000 hits in a single day. Since then, information continues to stream in from across the communities about the locations, buildings, streetscapes and people captured in the images.

Thanks to the wonderful team at the University Gallery led by Gillean Shaw, the exhibition Australia’s Forgotten ANZACS: Lost Images from Australia’s first conflict: the fall of German New Guinea curated by Gillean Shaw and Naomi Stewart was launched on the 27 March 2015 in the presence of Rodoni’s family and friends. Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) travelled from Dorrigo to bring Thomas James Rodoni’s war medals to the Gallery so they could be exhibited with his photographs.

Naomi Stewart, one of the curators at the Exhibition launch 27 March 2015 (Photo: Chris Fussell)

Naomi Stewart, one of the curators, at the Exhibition launch 27 March 2015 (Photo: Chris Fussell)

Amir Mogadam (Uni Conservator) and Gionni Di Gravio (Uni Archivist) speaking at the Exhibition launch 27 March 2015 (Photo: Chris Fussell)

Amir Mogadam (Uni Conservator) and Gionni Di Gravio (Uni Archivist) speaking at the Exhibition launch 27 March 2015 (Photo: Chris Fussell)

Gillean Shaw (Curator) with -Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) and husband Jim Mcleod (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Gillean Shaw (Curator) with Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) and husband Jim Mcleod (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) travelled all the way from Dorrigo to bring T.J. Rodoni's war medals could be part of the exhibition.

Tess McLeod (nee Rodoni) travelled all the way from Dorrigo so that her grand father T.J. Rodoni’s war medals could be part of the exhibition.

Ian Rodoni (right) grandson of T.J. Rodoni pictured with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Andrew Parfitt, Uni Librarian Greg Anderson and Ian's wife at left (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Ian Rodoni (right), grandson of T.J. Rodoni pictured with Deputy Vice-Chancellor Andrew Parfitt, Uni Librarian Greg Anderson and Ian’s wife at left (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

One of Rodoni's cameras, donated by Ian Rodoni, grand son of Thomas James Rodoni. (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

One of T.J. Rodoni’s cameras, donated by Ian Rodoni, grand son of Thomas James Rodoni. (Photo: Naomi Stewart)

Thomas James Rodoni was born in 1882 at Hotham East, Victoria, to Swiss and Irish parents. While living in Sydney in August 1914 as a man of 31, Rodoni joined the first Australian Imperial Force that would engage in the Great War: the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force.

T.J. Rodoni's Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force Discharge Papers 28th January 1915 (recto)

T.J. Rodoni’s Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force Discharge Papers 28th January 1915 (recto)

T.J. Rodoni's Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force Discharge Papers 28th January 1915 (verso)

T.J. Rodoni’s Australian Imperial Expeditionary Force Discharge Papers 28th January 1915 (verso)

A week after enlisting, Rodoni’s company embarked on the HMAS Berrima and sailed to German New Guinea among a fleet with orders to seize two wireless stations and to disable the German colonies there.

After the fall of German New Guinea, c.1914-1915

After the fall of German New Guinea, c.1914-1915

Rodoni’s unofficial photographs – many of them “candid” shots, captured in the moment – are a rare glimpse of this pivotal moment in Australia’s history. He has documented the energetic atmosphere of prewar Sydney and its surrounds, from civilian and military marches to battleships docked in Sydney Harbour, with accompanying crowds of people brought together for these special events. His camera voyaged with him on the expedition to the Pacific region, taking images both from the ship’s deck and then again on dry land after disembarking.

Letter to Rodoni from the close friend of a deceased soldier, Gilfillan, requesting a copy of a photograph of him (3rd September 1915)

Letter to Rodoni from Lillie Searle, close friend of a deceased soldier, Gilfillan, who died of typhoid fever on route from Alexandria to Gallipoli, requesting a copy of a rare photograph, 3rd September 1915.

Letter to Rodoni from the close friend of a deceased soldier, Gilfillan, requesting a copy of a photograph of him (3rd September 1915)

Letter to Rodoni from Lillie Searle, the close friend of a deceased soldier, Gilfillan, who died of typhoid fever on route from Alexandria to Gallipoli, requesting a copy of a rare photograph of him, 3rd September 1915.

Rodoni was stationed in New Guinea for five months with the AN&MEF after the successful capture of territory from the German forces. His striking images are testament to his ease with the camera, and the ease of his fellow servicemen around this avid amateur photographer. He used his camera to record daily events and significant moments in the expedition, and made several group portraits of the officers and soldiers in his company. Yet his images also suggest a genuine curiosity for the foreign people and places where he was stationed, and a love of the photographic medium in which he practiced during this early period of the war.

New Guinea Tribesmen circa 1914 - 1915

New Guinea Tribesmen circa 1914 – 1915

After leaving New Guinea with the AN&MEF and returning home to Australia in January 1915, Rodoni left the force to work in a Small Arms Factory manufacturing munitions for the war. He soon married and settled in Newcastle with his wife, Catherine Annie Wilson, and had four children: Thomas, Mary, Jim and William (Bill).

Group of slightly drunk looking men, three sitting on Tooth & Co., Limited Morpeth Beer Barrels

Group of slightly drunk looking men, three sitting on Tooth & Co., Limited Morpeth Beer Barrels

The wider collection of glass plate negatives – over 500 in total and with many views of Newcastle and its surrounds is an incredible legacy to Thomas Rodoni and his family.

Advertisement in Newcastle Sun 20 May 1919 (Trove)

Advertisement in Newcastle Sun 20 May 1919 (Trove)

Rodoni died in 1956 as a result of a car accident in Waratah, Newcastle.

The original negatives are held in Cultural Collections at the Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle (Australia).

Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist

Reflections on the Rodoni Archive
by Dr Ann Hardy

The Thomas Rodoni Collection was donated to the University of Newcastle in 2014 and interpreting the 500+ photographs has been interesting and overall a positive process.  We have needed to be resourceful in finding ways to research and deliver this significant collection to the wider community.

In this ANZAC centenary year, the Rodoni collection is celebrated 100 years on, in an exhibition at the University of Newcastle (25 March- 11 April 2015), curated by Gillean Shaw and Naomi Stewart.  The focus has been on the WWI photographs in the collection, however the collection is diverse tracing Thomas Rodoni’s life from Sydney to Lithgow, and then to Newcastle between the decades 1910 to 1930s. There are many photographs of industrial work spaces and machinery, later works show his wife Catherine Annie and their four children, as well as friends and acquaintances.

Researching the Rodoni collection has included collaborating with the wider community, consisting the Rodoni family and friends, volunteers of the university, academic and military historians.  This collaborative approach has been particularly effective because of the limited information that was available about the collection, and the relatively short time to research and make the collection available to the public by April 2015.

This community research project was led by University Archivist Gionni Di Gravio. One of the first priorities was to conserve and safeguard the collection, this was done by Conservator Amir Mogadom who worked on the glass and film negatives to carefully preserve them and make ready to be digitally scanned. Natasha Schroder scanned the entire collection over a 3 month period, and Historian Ann Hardy researched photographs in consultation with family and colleagues. Historian Ken Thornton researched in more detail the history of the WWI New Guinea campaign, providing context to the photographs taken by Rodoni during the lead up to WWI war and his time in New Guinea. A ‘Slide show’ presentation of the collection was shared with family and friends and their responses recorded, similarly historians were also invited to a ‘slide show’ and their feedback regarding the WWI photographs were noted. Because of the high number of industrial related images we may run in the future a ‘slide show’ with industrial heritage groups to help to identify machinery and the location of workshops and factories.

A community approach has enabled research of the collection to occur fairly quickly. There are still many gaps in the ‘history’ of individual images, however the general context of the collection has been established well enough to be able to present the entire collection to the community via Flicker.

Community engagement will be ongoing. The local community approach already started will continue, and now that the collection is on Flicker further information provided by a global community will help to build new knowledge about this significant collection.

Ann Hardy
– 27 March 2015

Three men throwing a bottle in the air. c1910s

Three men throwing a bottle in the air. c1910s

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: https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon

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.