Everyone who loves locos, wagons, and all things related to railways will be delighted to know that two large collections on our Living Histories site have grown.

90 class locomotives being unloaded from M.V. Mirabella, 27 July 1994
(Brian R. Andrews)

Brian R. Andrews has kindly allowed us to scan and publish more of his wonderful photos which can be found in his Collection at

We have just published some more great photos from Peter Sansom’s Collection. See Peter’s Collection at


3801 with its train steaming out of Port Waratah the day it was recommissioned. November 1986.
(Peter Sansom)

Speaking of memories, if you have a story or information to give us, you can add it to any of the images or other media on the Living Histories site using these instructions.

Another way you could help us in our endeavours is by giving us the geographical location of photos.  You can add geotags via a Google map embedded in Living Histories. Again, we have some instructions.

We welcome your contributions!

Information needed


This is a request for information from the many railway enthusiasts out there on the Net. This photo is from the Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW)’s collection and a couple of people have given their opinion re the location.

The full sized photo is at

One view is that it may be “Clyde Engineering Sheds, Sydney, NSW”. Another site visitor commented that¬† “I do not think this is Clyde Engineering, I spent twenty five years working at Clyde, I think it maybe Tullochs of Rhodes…RD”

If you can give us a definitive answer please leave a comment or email us at


Mystery to be solved

Here’s a mystery for our intrepid historian colleagues.

We would like to know something about the soldier in this photo. Unfortunately, time and other hazards have obscured his face, but we are hoping that someone out there on the Internet may be able to identify his regiment or other army group. We have uploaded a 1200 DPI scan of the full photo to our Flickr site – and 4800 DPI scans showing detail of his shoulders and calves in the hope these may help in the identification.

If you can identify the uniform or unit, please contact

BHP Memories

Final march out down David Baker Road, Night Mechanic’s Office in left Background & Machine Shop on right
30th September 1999

There are now 265 historic photos from Bill Ruddick’s great collection online, including some of the last days of BHP Newcastle. You will be pleased to know that there are many more to come!

Comments, additions, stories. geotags are all welcome and encouraged! See these instructions if you would like to help us.

Tip: When you sign up as a member, don’t be concerned if you don’t get an auto reply from the system. You will be signed up automatically as soon as you submit the form. If you have any difficulties, please email

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 for instructions.

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