UON Memories



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.

East Maitland Church register digitised

Page from Register

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 archives@newcastle.edu.au


When was your subdivision sold?

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!



Relive your Uni days!


Opus – 1965


We have just scanned and uploaded copies of the Newcastle University Students’ Association’s magazine, Opus held in the Archives in Cultural Collections. The project team members were Davina Pellatt, Sue Paton, Angus Glasper and Lyn Keily.

There may be some gaps in the collection, so if you have a copy of one of the magazines not represented in Living Histories @ UON, we would be delighted if you would bring it in and allow us to scan and upload it.

Does a story from your student days trigger some memories? Why not share them with us by adding a recollection to Living Histories? See http://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/67980 for instructions.

We have also scanned and uploaded the Newcastle University College Students’ Association’s editions of Opus (1954-1964).


Memories of NUC

Opus front page

Were you a student at Newcastle University College between 1954 and 1964 (inc)? If so, you may like to read the Newcastle University College Students’ Association’s newspaper of the time – Opus. These were scanned by Davina Pellatt.

Read and/or download them from our Living Histories @ UON site.

We welcome your recollections of your time at NUC. There are some instructions for adding a recollection at http://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/67980

A special day in 1903

A Special Day for Pelaw Main

The 26 January 1903 was a very special day for Margaret Holden and Arthur Griffith, a young couple from Pelaw Main in the Coalfields.

Courtesy of the Coalfields Heritage Group, we have a couple of terrific photos of  their wedding which was the first held at Pelaw Main.


The Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate gave a great description of the wedding –


The first wedding to be celebrated at Pelaw Main took place in the Methodist Church on Monday, when Mr. A. Griffith and Miss M. Holden, both of Pelaw Main, were married by the Rev. P. J. Stephen. The church was decorated for the occasion with evergreens and flowers. The wedding party in four vehicles drove around the town, being assailed at almost every street with showers of rice. The bride was dressed in cream cashmere, with chiffon lace trimmings, veil and wreath, and carried a shower bouquet. The bridesmaids were Miss Jessie Winning and Miss Jeff, who were attired in cream cashmere and lace trimmings, and Miss Daisy Griffith, sister of the bridegroom, who wore white silk, trimmed with lace. Messrs. R. Hanley, A. Winning, and A. Bland performed the duties of attendance upon the bridegroom. The bridegroom’s present to the bride was a valuable gold brooch, and the bride’s to the bridegroom a gold scarf pin. Later in the day a tea was prepared in the Methodist Church, at which about 200 persons from all parts of the district at tended. The health of “The Bride and Bridegroom” was proposed by the Rev. P.J. Stephen, and responded to by Mr. C. Hanley on behalf of the newly-married couple. At the conclusion of the tea a social evening was spent, when vocal items, recitations, &c., were rendered. Mr. and Mrs. Griffith left for Sydney on Tuesday morning. where the honeymoon will be spent. The bride wore a travelling dress of blue cloth, with guipure trimming and toque to match. Many presents were presented to the newly-married couple.

“PELAW MAIN” Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners’ Advocate (NSW : 1876 – 1954) 29 January 1903: 6. Web. 22 Mar 2016 <http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article133362089>.

Our thanks to the wonderful people at Trove for making this resource available to the world.

Mysterious initials

O.P.S. & D.S.

These initials appear on a silver snuff box presented to “Bro A. Breckles by members of the above as a token of esteem on his leaving for Canada April 1903”

We have been researching the initials but have not been able to come up with the words. We’ve tried Order and Oddfellows for the O, nothing at all seems to work for the P, and Society for the S. We think that D.S. may mean Druid Society, but, of course, it could have many meanings.

If you know for what those letters stand, please contact us – archives@newcastle.edu.au, phone: 02 4921 5354.


Call for information

Please help us to identify this event


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.
“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