Cultural Collections holds thousands of historic photographs from school, industry, home and, of course, the University of Newcastle archives. Our contribution to NSW History Week is an exhibition of some of these wonderful photographs in the foyer outside Cultural Collections and in our reading room, with a request to those viewing them to put names to the faces.
The exhibition has already excited a good deal of interest, with folk from the local area, and from overseas, contributing information about the people in the photographs.
Some well-known faces including Justice Michael Kirby, John Bannon, later Premier of South Australia, and Sir Geoffrey Robertson, QC have been identified in a 1960s photograph of a National Student Representative’s conference held in Newcastle.
Everyone is welcome to visit the exhibition, and, if you can’t visit in person, you can visit the exhibit online at http://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157600672159851/
History Week @ the Lock Up – Dissent & Disorder: Policing the Great Depression
In addition we also supported the History Week Exhibition entitled Dissent & Disorder: Policing the Great Depression. It was an exhibition for History Week in the Lockup Museum that was curated by Dr Victoria Haskins with assistance by Laura Jardine & Jessica Nicholls School of Humanities and Social Science. This exhibition focuses on the Tighes Hill anti-eviction riots in Newcastle in 1932 and the New Guard and will be on for the duration of History Week.
On the 19 September 2007 a Public Lecture & Official Opening was held. Caleb Williams, Curator of the Justice & Police Museum (Sydney) on the to give a public talk on the extremely popular and widely acclaimed exhibition he curated in Sydney on police in the Depression, Tough Men Hard Times. He was followed by local historian and activist Mrs Vera Deacon who spoke on the Clara Street anti-eviction riots.
Watch Vera Deacon’s closing remarks: