Two new important works of local history will be launched this weekend at Lambton High School Hall.
The two works were prepared by Ken and Maree Shilling with assistance from fellow members of the Newcastle Family History Society Inc.
The works are entitled:
Huntington’s History of Newcastle and the Northern District. Compiled by Ken Shilling with additional biographical material written by Cynthia Hunter. Published by the Newcastle Family History Society Inc 2009.
The Story of Lambton – a Newcastle Suburb. Compiled by Maree Shilling with contributions by Newcastle Family History Society Inc. and Residents of Lambton Past and Present.
Both works will be launched by University of Newcastle Archivist Gionni Di Gravio, who originally suggested the idea to the Society of reproducing Huntington’s History, which in our opinion is one of the finest histories of Newcastle that has ever been published.
Henry William Hemsworth Huntington (1848-1926) wrote the history as a series of bi-weekly installments in the Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate between August 1897 and 1898 in support of Newcastle’s Centenary celebrations.
These articles would have been forgotten had they not been assiduously collected by another Novocastrian historian and dentist, Ben Champion, who compiled them into a bound book.
This book was donated along with his papers to the University of Newcastle Archives.
The articles became an important historical resource for the early history of Newcastle, as Huntington had compiled them from original documents and manuscripts which he transcribed along with anecdotes and personal reminiscences.
It has yet to be surpassed in its scope and charm.
So therefore it is with great gratitude to the Newcastle Family History Society (and Ken and Maree Shilling in particular) that they took up the challenge of transcribing and editing Huntington’s History of Newcastle.
It will be a work of enduring value to the study of our local history, and act as a spring board to future research.
The second book to be launched is entitled The Story of Lambton-a suburb of Newcastle, compiled by Maree Shilling with the assistance of the Family History Society Inc and members of the local Lambton community.
The book contains a foreword by Dr Troy Duncan of the University of Newcastle’s School of Humanities and Social Science.
It is an enormous feat of scholarly labour and a veritable treasure trove of information on the foundations and evolving history of all facets of the suburb.
At over 400 pages in lenght it is a monumental tribute that comes with a supplemental CD rom containing 140 extra photographs and a database listing the details of over 5,500 early residents of Lambton.
Both works can be purchased from the Newcastle Family History Society Inc.
The Story of Lambton – a suburb of Newcastle NSW
Describes every facet of the growth of this diverse community, abundantly illustrated. 411pp
Book incl bonus CD $50.00+$9.60p&p;
CDset [Book on CD+Bonus CD] $35.00+$3.00 p&p.
Can order now, available after Launch 30 May 2009
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