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!

 

 

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 archives@newcastle.edu.au

Local Treasures: Early Surfest Photographs 1985-1988

Surfest - 25th November 1986 Newcastle (Australia) [Photo: Chris Patterson for Hannan Photography Courtesy of UoNCC]

Surfest – 25th November 1986 Newcastle (Australia) [Photo: Chris Patterson for Hannan Photography Courtesy of UoNCC]

Day Shift – 18/11/2014 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewees: Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, University of Newcastle (Australia)

Gionni Di Gravio (Archivist) discuss the release of over 800 scanned colour and black and white negatives of the early Surfest events held on Newcastle Beach across the years 1985 to 1988. They are all sourced from a massive commercial photographic archive recently donated to the University of Newcastle (Australia).

Broadcast Notes:

Surfest ’85 (99 images)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157646902367064/

Surfest ’86 (456 images)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157649215677766/

Surfest ’87 (142 images)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157649316149282/

Surfest ’88 (128 images)

https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157649320214052/

 

A collection of over 800 photographs held in the University of Newcastle’s Archives has been released globally to assist in the celebrations currently underway to mark the 30th anniversary of the Surfest in February 2015.

The images, all scanned from original colour negatives, date from the inaugural Surfest bearing the date of ’26th November 1985′ up until 1988, taken at events held at Newcastle Beach, Australia.

Massive crowds at the inaugural Surfest '85 26th November 1985 (Photo: Chris Patterson for Hannan Photography Courtest of UoNCC)

Massive crowds at the inaugural Surfest ’85 26th November 1985 (Photo: Chris Patterson for Hannan Photography Courtest of UoNCC)

The images were shot by Chris Patterson and other photographers working for Hannan Photography, who were engaged to record the event by Peach Advertising on behalf of the Surfest sponsors B.H.P. (The Broken Hill Proprietary Company Ltd). Surfest was also known as “The BHP Steel International”.

Once the call came out from the Surfest Anniversary organisers for historic images, Chris contacted us, after learning that the entire Hannan photographic archive had been donated to the University’s Cultural Collections in the Auchmuty Library. He came in, and help tracked down the original 35mm colour negatives that he shot all those years ago. He also explained their numbering scheme which has been very helpful in sorting the massive collection.

The images were scanned from the original 35 mm colour negatives, at 3200 dpi using an Epson Perfection V700 Scanner. They comprised sheets labeled under the original numbering sequence of CN6858, CN7560, CN8162, CN8764 respectively. (CN=Colour Negative)

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

People are welcome to use the images for study and personal research purposes. Please acknowledge them as “Courtesy of the Hannan Photography Archive, University of Newcastle (Australia)”

For commercial requests you must obtain permission by contacting <a href=”mailto:archives@newcastle.edu.au” rel=”nofollow”>Cultural Collections</a>.

If you are the subject of the images, or know the subject of the images, and have cultural or other reservations about the images being displayed on this website and would like to discuss this with us please contact <a href=”mailto:archives@newcastle.edu.au” rel=”nofollow”>Cultural Collections</a>.

If you have any further information or stories that come to mind after viewing the photographs, please leave a comment.

These images are provided free of charge to the global community thanks to the generosity of the donors (Don McCririck of Hannan Photography) and the Vera Deacon Regional History Fund.

If you wish to donate to the Vera Deacon Fund please download a form here: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/21528529/veradeaconform.jpg

Further information on the forthcoming Surfest 30th Anniversary 2015 is here: http://www.surfest.com/

Local Treasures: Greg Heys (1945-2007) Unfinished Doctoral Thesis Launch

The Late Greg Heys (1945-2007)

The Late Greg Heys (1945-2007)

Day Shift – 21/10/2014 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewees: Wendy Heys, Dr Bernie Curran and Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, University of Newcastle (Australia)

Wendy Heys, wife of former Lord Mayor and University of Newcastle academic Greg Heys, Dr Bernie Curran and Gionni Di Gravio (Archivist) discuss the launch of Greg Heys unpublished and unfinished doctoral thesis on Democratic Governance and Sustainable Regional Development through the University of Newcastle Libraries.

Broadcast Notes:

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD GREG HEYS’ THESIS

FREE DOWNLOAD – Democratic Governance for Sustainable Regional Development. Theorising Regional Development Governance Processes for Achieving Ecologically Sustainable Development Objectives in the Hunter Region of New South Wales. By Greg Heys BSW (UNSW) MUrbStud (Macquarie) June 2007. (921KB PDF File)

From Wendy Heys and the Heys Family on behalf of the Editorial Team of Judy Conway, Dr Bernie Curran, Professor Brian English, Dr Moira Gordon AM and Len Regan. 

You are invited to the launch of the unfinished doctoral thesis of former Lord Mayor of Newcastle and University academic Greg Heys entitled ‘Democratic Governance for Sustainable Regional Development’.

By the time of his death in 2007, Greg had conducted a unique set of interviews with ‘champions for the Hunter’ and commenced writing his analysis based upon these.

Greg’s vision for regional development governance in the Hunter, together with the diverse understandings and motivations of the interviewees, underpins the thesis and justifies the decision to edit and publish Greg’s work in order to make it available for others.

The work will be launched by Professor Brian English, long-time friend and academic colleague of Greg at 5.30 PM, Wednesday 29th October 2014 in the Friends of the University Reading Room, Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan. ALL WELCOME.

Please RSVP to Dr Bernie Curran on (02) 49217453 or email bernard.curran@newcastle.edu.au

 

Editorial Team (l-r) Judy Conway, Dr Moira Gordon AM, Wendy Heys, Dr Bernie Curran, Len Regan and Professor Brian English at Launch of Greg Heys Unfinished Thesis on Democratic Governance 29th October 2014.

Editorial Team (l-r) Judy Conway, Dr Moira Gordon AM, Wendy Heys, Dr Bernie Curran, Len Regan and Professor Brian English at Launch of Greg Heys Unfinished Thesis on Democratic Governance 29th October 2014.

Professor Brian English addresses crowd which Wendy Heys with grand child and Dr Bernard Curran look on at Launch of Greg Heys Unfinished Thesis on Democratic Governance 29th October 2014.

Professor Brian English addresses crowd which Wendy Heys with grand child and Dr Bernard Curran look on at Launch of Greg Heys Unfinished Thesis on Democratic Governance 29th October 2014.

For further images from the Heys Family Collection please see our flickr site:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/sets/72157648992815155/


Personal Profile – Greg Heys

Greg Heys was born on the 28th February 1945 in Sydney Australia. He married Wendy and had two children Sarah and Matthew, as well as two grandchildren. The family moved to Newcastle in 1982, and Greg lived there with his family until his death in 2007.

Greg matriculated from the Christian Brothers High School, Lewisham in 1962 and undertook theological studies for six years.

In 1972, Greg graduated from the University of New South Wales with a Bachelor of Social Work Degree.

Greg Heys Graduation as Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW) with wife Wendy and baby Sarah, May 1973. (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg Heys Graduation as Bachelor of Social Work (UNSW) with wife Wendy and baby Sarah, May 1973. (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

In 1990 he completed a Masters of Urban Studies from Macquarie University. His thesis analysed regional development policy in the Hunter Region from the 1970s through the 1980s.

From 1973 to 1976 Greg worked as the first appointed Community Development Officer with Orange City Council where he established and managed a range of services such as neighborhood centers and child and youth facilities in new suburbs. From 1976 to 1980 he became Social Planner with the Bathurst-Orange Development Corporation, providing advice and identifying where social and community facilities needed to be established for the new population areas. From 1981 to 1982 he worked as a Regional Social Work Advisor for the heath Commission of New South Wales Central Western Region, Orange establishing social working networks, planning and facilities across health and related social welfare issues.

The family then moved to Newcastle, and from 1982 to 1988 Greg worked for the NSW Department of Community Services. He managed the Hunter Social Development Program for three years where he also provided advice on establishing and funding community services such as children’s services, transport and services for the elderly and women and youth refuges. Later he set up and managed the Home and Community Care program throughout the Hunter Region.

In 1988 Greg joined the staff of the Hunter Institute of Higher Education (HIHE) as a lecturer, where he taught students in the Bachelor of Social Science (Welfare). After the HIHE amalgamated with the University of Newcastle in 1989, he held a lecturer position in the Social Work Department at the University until his retirement in March 2000.

Greg Heys standing for Newcastle as Australian Labor Party candidate (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg Heys standing for Newcastle as Australian Labor Party candidate (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

From 1991 to 1999, Greg entered local politics and was elected as a Labor councillor on Newcastle City Council. From 1995 to 1999 he was the popularly elected Lord Mayor of Newcastle.

Greg Heys as Lord Mayor of Newcastle circa 1995 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg Heys as Lord Mayor of Newcastle circa 1995 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg with former Lord Mayor Joy Cummings and wife Wendy, c1995 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg with former Lord Mayor Joy Cummings and wife Wendy, c1995 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

In this capacity he was a director on the Honeysuckle Development Corporation and the Chairman of the Hunter Waste Planning and Management Board as well as serving on many committees. His leadership as Lord Mayor saw the hugely successful and groundbreaking Pathways to Sustainability Conference here in 1997, positioned Newcastle to be head of the pack of all other Australian cities in pursuing ecologically sustainable development policies and practices in the late 1990s.

Greenhouse Challenge 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greenhouse Challenge 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Pathways to Sustainability Conference 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greenhouse Challenge 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

The Newcastle Declaration Endorsed at the International Conference Pathways to Sustainability 1-5 June 1997.

The Newcastle Declaration Endorsed at the International Conference Pathways to Sustainability 1-5 June 1997.

Commitment by Newcastle City Council to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of the City of Newcastle. 14th April 1998.

Commitment by Newcastle City Council to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples of the City of Newcastle. 14th April 1998.

Greg with Prime Minister John Howard, circa 1998.

Greg with Prime Minister John Howard, circa 1998.

 

Greg lost the election in 1999 to incoming Lord Mayor John Tate. He was missed by many people who are reported to have said that he was “the best Lord Mayor of Newcastle ever”, as the following letter from a young Jonathan Moylan says:

Letter from Jonathan Moylan to Mr Heys 15th September 1999 (Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Letter from Jonathan Moylan to Mr Heys 15th September 1999 (Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Following his retirement from the University in March 2000, Greg then enrolled in a PhD researching governance models for sustainable regional development.

On the 29th August 2002 he was honored with being awarded The Newcastle Medal

Newcastle Medal awarded to Greg Heys in 2002

Newcastle Medal awarded to Greg Heys in 2002

While researching and writing his PhD, Greg worked in the Premiers Department of NSW as the senior project manager for the Hunter Community Renewal Scheme where he focussed on collaborating with 28 government not-for-profit organizations and community groups in delivering an eight pronged strategy to “improve the quality of life in Windale”.

Windale community thanks Greg Heys with honor board at Tree of Gratitude August 2007.

Windale community thanks Greg Heys with honor board at Tree of Gratitude August 2007.

Following this project he worked for Mission Australia between August 2004 to November 2005 to assess the feasibility of and to set up the Hunter Community Foundation over an 18 month contract. In 2006 he founded the Friends of the Regal Group to campaign to restore the community cinema that faced hard times.

Greg with Bruce Avard out the front of the Regal Cinema Birmingham Gardens in 2006.

Greg with Bruce Avard out the front of the Regal Cinema Birmingham Gardens in 2006.

From January 2007 and just prior to his death Greg was the Community Development and Planning Officer with Port Stephens Council implementing Council’s community and sustainable planning program.

Greg died aged 62 years on the 5th June 2007 at the Calvary Mater Hospital, after suffering a massive heart attack days before. The funeral was held on the 13th June 2007 at Our Lady of Victories Church in Shortland.

"Heys' talent for helping people" Daily Telegraph 6 June 2007

“Heys’ talent for helping people” Daily Telegraph 6 June 2007

"Farewell to Greg Heys" Newcastle Herald Editorial June 6th 2007

“Farewell to Greg Heys” Newcastle Herald Editorial June 6th 2007

"Death saddens city"Newcastle herald June 6the 2007 p.13

“Death saddens city”Newcastle herald June 6the 2007 p.13

Peter Lewis Cartoon published Newcastle Herald 11th June 2007 (With permission of Peter Lewis)

Peter Lewis Cartoon published Newcastle Herald 11th June 2007 (With permission of Peter Lewis)

"He sparked Newcastle's recovery" Sydney Morning Herald 17th June 2007

“He sparked Newcastle’s recovery” Sydney Morning Herald 17th June 2007

"Short, rich life an inspiration. Hundreds farewell man of integrity" Newcastle Herald 14th June 2007

“Short, rich life an inspiration. Hundreds farewell man of integrity” Newcastle Herald 14th June 2007

It was during the funeral service that his son Matthew lamented that his father had not finished his PhD on regional development, the final chapter was near completion when he died.

Wendy and Greg Heys circa 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Wendy and Greg Heys circa 1997 (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

And it was to this end that a committed group of Greg’s friends and academic colleagues, led by his dedicated wife, Wendy, applied their minds and skills to editing and bringing the incomplete doctoral thesis to a point where it could be made available to the wider academic and regional communities of the Hunter and beyond.

The work can be downloaded directly from the link at the top of this post. It has also been uploaded into the University Libraries Encore database here:

http://encore.newcastle.edu.au/iii/cpro/DigitalItemViewPage.external?sp=1012409&sp=T

and shortly be also available in the NOVA Digital Repository here:

http://nova.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Index

Greg Heys left a great legacy of service to the communities he served both as a committed social worker, University academic and political representative, please join us in celebrating the life and work of this remarkable man.

Greg photographed at his 60th birthday in 2005. (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg photographed at his 60th birthday in 2005. (Photo: Courtesy of Wendy Heys)

WHEN: 5.30 PM, Wednesday 29th October 2014

WHERE: Friends of the University Reading Room, Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library at the University of Newcastle, Callaghan.

ALL WELCOME.

Please RSVP to Dr Bernie Curran on (02) 49217453 or email bernard.curran@newcastle.edu.au

Greg Heys in the Kimberley 2003 (Photo courtesy of Wendy Heys)

Greg Heys in the Kimberley 2003 (Photo courtesy of Wendy Heys)

 

For further research into the professional research work of Greg Heys please consult the Greg Heys Planning Collection held in Local Studies, Newcastle Public Library, Laman Street Newcastle.

A link to the holdings is here: https://nrpl.ent.sirsidynix.net.au/client/en_AU/newcastle/search/results?qu=greg+heys+planning+collection&te=&rt=false%7C%7C%7CSERIES%7C%7C%7CSeries

Novocastria – NovoTalk No. 1 Travels across deep time

novotalk1

The first of four Novo Talks will commence this Tuesday night 3rd June 2014 at the Newcastle Art Gallery with University Archivist and Chair of the University’s Coal River Working Party Gionni Di Gravio.

The talk will survey the artistic works currently on display as part of the Novocastria exhibition with particular reference to current historical research and is entitled “Travels across deep time in the once and future kingdom of

More info is here: http://www.nag.org.au/exhibitions/present/artist/novocastria

NOVO TALKS
A four-part series of exhibition insights
Tuesday 3, 10, 17 and 24 June 2014
6.00pm – 7.30pm
$15 per talk, $50 for the series
Includes refreshments
Bookings and payments required
Call 02 4974 5100

3 June 2014
Chair of the Coal River Working Party, Gionni Di Gravio, speaks about Newcastle’s colonial history

10 June 2014
Local artist Kerrie Coles speaks about the influence of Newcastle’s coal industry on her work

17 June 2014
Local artist Liam Power speaks of his interest in Newcastle’s working harbour

24 June 2014
Local artist Michael Bell speaks about his work and life living in coastal Newcastle.

Welcome To Our Valley [1969]

Title: Welcome To Our Valley [1969]

Script: Glen Burrows

Director: Peter Scott

Production: John Bushelle Production Pty Ltd Sydney Australia.

Produced for The Hunter Valley Co-operative Dairy Company Ltd.

Description: 1 film reel (29 min.) : sd., col. ; 16 mm.

Summary: Opening scene depicts arrival of Endeavour to the shores of Australia followed by scenes (possibly) inside Glenbawn Dam’s Museum of Rural History (?) and a survey of the Hunter Valley’s natural features including Glenbawn dam, and water’s importance to primary producers including agriculture (Maitland district), horse studs, wine and vineyards, beef cattle, historic homesteads, wool and sheep, dairy cattle, milk and butter production, Oak vehicles and factory, showtime, rodeo, woodchopping, Sydney’s Royal Easter Show, Newcastle, Port, Coal, Power Stations, B.H.P. Steelworks, Milk and butter production and distribution, homes, civic pride, Oak milk bars, beaches, Lake Macquarie, Sailing Clubs, Aerial fly over to Port Stephens, conclusion.

Subject: Hunter Valley (N.S.W.)

This is a 16mm film colour film reel that forms part of the collection of Archives of the Hunter Valley Co-Operative Diary Company Limited.

It was digitised in April 2014 for the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections (Auchmuty Library) Australia.

A Say In Your Community With The Australian Assistance Plan (1974)

The Australian Assistance Plan (AAP) was piloted in 1973 by the Whitlam Labor Government and was subsequently extended nationally. The Plan created Regional Councils for Social Development (RCSD) and funded the employment of a social planner and Community Development Officers within each Regional Council. The Hunter Region was one of the first areas that this plan was placed into practice.

The film was mostly shot in and around Newcastle and across the towns and centres of the Hunter Region featuring appearances by Dr Tony Vinson, Director NSW Bureau Crime Statistics; Brian Brinley, Adult Probation Officer; Susan Hellyer, Social Planner, Hunter Region; Dixon Park Community Group; Wickham Primary School; Gloucester; Maitland; Windale Progress Association; Bill Plaizier, Newcastle Youth Service; Newcastle Learning Exchange; Pete Meehan 2KO Radio; Newcastle East End; Trinia.

This film was digitised as part of the University of Newcastle (Australia) Archives of the The Hunter Regional Council for Social Development.

For more information on the Collection see: http://radicalnewcastle.wordpress.com/2011/04/08/archives-of-the-hunter-regional-council-for-social-development/

Thanks for the following information from the National Film and Sound Archive.

Title: A Say In Your Community With The Australian Assistance Plan

Release Date:  25 March 1975

Produced as: Lindfield, N.S.W. : Film Australia for Social Welfare Commission, 1974.

Media: Film

Summary:  The Australian Assistance Plan (AAP) was piloted in 1973 by the Whitlam Labor Government and was subsequently extended nationally. The Plan created Regional Councils for Social Development (RCSD) and funded the employment of a social planner and Community Development Officers within each Regional Council.

Country of Origin: Australia

Production company: Creators:
·         Baker, Suzanne. (Producer)
·         Tarrant, Crea, (ed.)
·         Howes, Oliver, 1940- (Director)
·         Australia. Social Welfare Commission
·         Film Australia

Sponsor: Film Australia

Notes: Lindfield, N.S.W. : Film Australia for Social Welfare Commission, 1974.

Holdings: 1 film reel (31min) 16mm. Length 1140′.

Local Treasures: The George Freeman Album

Front cover of George Freeman Album "Scraps"

Front cover of George Freeman Album “Scraps”

Day Shift – 18/03/2014 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewees: Mr Andrew Dodd and Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, University of Newcastle (Australia)

Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist of the University of Newcastle introduces Mr Andrew Dodd, great grand son of photographer George Freeman. Andrew kindly provided an album of photographs held by the family to the University of Newcastle (Australia) so that selected images could be digitised. A number of these images are highly significant photographs of the town of Newcastle and surrounding coastal areas, and were taken around 1884, as he was certainly there photographing the wreck of the Susan Gilmore which occurred in July 1884.  It is reasonable to assume that while here he also photographed the city and surrounding areas, as The Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners’ Advocate reported on the 19th July 1884 (Ref:http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135857993 ) that “Mr. Freeman, photographer, has shown us some excellent picturesque views of the marine scenery around Newcastle. They are well taken, and the photographs would adorn any album.”

Broadcast Notes:

The following information regarding George Freeman was prepared by Pamela Goodhart Dodd and Andrew Dodd from copies of original documents, photographs and newspaper cuttings held by the family. The accompanying images were digitised by Gionni Di Gravio. Clicking on the images below will take you to the high resolution images that are in the 2-6MB size range for closer examination.

The album contains around 66 photographs, along with a number of inserts, which are images, a letter, printed documents and posters. The album is in poor condition due to the acidic and brittle quality of the paper. We photographed the entire album for contextual purposes, and digitised the Newcastle related images in high resolution on an Epson Perfection V700 Scanner at the highest resolutions possible. Since the album was on loan, we did not digitise all the images in high resolution due to the time constraints and post processing.

To provide context for the images below, the whole album is available to be viewed as a PDF here: The George Freeman Album (25MB PDF File)

On behalf of the University of Newcastle’s Cultural Collections we wish to thank Andrew Dodd, Pamela Goodhart Dodd and family for allowing us to share this family treasure with the wider research community, and warmly welcome any feedback or information relating to any of the images or the photographer who captured them, George John Freeman.

GEORGE JOHN FREEMAN
b: 17 January 1843   d: 5 April 1895

Only known photograph of George Freeman (Courtesy of Pamela Goodhart Dodd)

Only known photograph of George Freeman (Courtesy of Pamela Goodhart Dodd)

A BRIEF HISTORY – Developing Australia

George was London born, raised, and well educated at the Bayswater Grammar, and in a letter he wrote to his father in 1857 he thanked him for buying  ‘ a set of apparatus for photography ‘. – this was his start to the interesting life that was in store for him choosing photography as a profession when he arrived in Australia.

George John Freeman arrived in Adelaide on the ship ‘Countess of Fife’, with his father George Freeman and step mother, leaving London on September 28, 1860. They arrived in the port of Adelaide, January 4th 1861. George  was 19 years of age, his diary of the voyage records, weather, land sightings, ports and events ,even when there were none to mention, the people he spoke with and ‘printed some photography’ to pass the time, then the excitement of sighting Kangaroo Island off the coast  of South Australia and the long awaited docking in Port Adelaide.

Street scene of King William Street Adelaide late 1870s. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Street scene of King William Street Adelaide circa 1870s. (Photograph by George Freeman)

He established a studio soon after arriving, renting properties in various locations and ran his studio from Rundle & Hindley Street premises.  George traveled the state photographing the growing townships and was fast becoming a photographer of some note and a character, traveling to Heathcote, Victoria, the Gold Fields in 1865,  in a guise of ‘a man in tatterd rags’ he sent photos home to England to an uncle for a monetary hand. In Melbourne and took photographs of the public gardens and buildings, is no know when he started using the name of the Melbourne Photographic Company – Wivell and Johnstone worked with him.

He was the sole agent for the Art Union of Victoria, exhibited paintings of Johnstone’s at the co-gallery. In the 1870s George was the leading fine  art entrepreneur. In 1873 he presented ‘dissolving views of oxhydrogen light’ – showing morally uplifting scenes from the ‘ Illustrated life of Christ, The bottle and the Drunkards children and the Pilgrims Progress’.  Newspapers reported – ‘Innovative and up to-date photography’, the press reported every novelty- ‘like   the Athenians of old, he is always looking for something new’. He experimented with luminous paint to make photos glow in the dark, glass transparencies, coloured sunsets and moonrise with ‘green moon tint observable in the moons rays’  – In 1874  recently dry plates assisted by flash powder, to make ‘instantaneous action photographs’.  Around this time he debunked  the new craze of spirit photographs demonstrating how they could be faked by partially exposing a plate to form light patches – ‘spirits’.

In 1874 presented an exhibition of British and Colonial paintings and photographs in Adelaide Town Hall. He also opened a picture gallery and ‘encouraged colonial artists to send their productions for exhibition.’ In 1875 he was commissioned to take Adelaide views, a panorama 11 feet long, form the top of the Advertiser Building, and one from Montifore Hill 6 feet long , for the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, USA, in 1876. George married Mary Sarah Goodhart in 1876, an Artist, they lived at the Hindley Street premises.

In 1877 he used the new  22×18 inch camera to take views that won him a bronze medal at The Paris Expo Universelle International, France, 1878, for his views -11′ x8′- of Adelaide from Montifore Hill, Adelaide Oval and Public Buildings. In 1879 his views of  Victor Harbour, Goolwa, Mount Gambier gained a third prize in the Sydney International 1880 ?, and for views of Adelaide again in the Melbourne International Exhibiton 1880 -‘ well calculated to give clear conception of our progress in architecture and the character of some of our scenery’.  His local work of portraits of the Governors of the State and family were highly acclaimed, also photographs of the opening of the Art Gallery with HRH Prince Albert and other noted persons. George was also the ‘first bearer of the Grand sword of the Order of the Grand Lodge of Ancient and Free and Accepted Masons of South Australia in 1884’.

Two unidentified Aboriginal Children (Photograph by George Freeman)

Two unidentified Aboriginal Children (Photograph by George Freeman)

Unidentified Aboriginal Child (Photograph by George Freeman)

Unidentified Aboriginal Child (Photograph by George Freeman)

Unidentified Aboriginal Children (Photograph by George Freeman)

Unidentified Aboriginal Children (Photograph by George Freeman)

He was not only a photographer but a ‘showman, entrepreneur’, he organised Art Unions with prize money both in South Australia and Melbourne, sold views of prominent buildings and sent to London as promotion of Adelaide, he also worked with Belcher in Adelaide. He produced the first double photo portraits known to be taken in the colony – ‘two portraits of a gentleman sitting and standing – ‘Ingenious’ – the South Australian Advertiser, and to top that he did a triple headed portrait of the Emperor of Prussia, the late French Emperor and Prince Bismark all in one bust ‘- dubbed the three headed monster by the press.

Mrs Macquarie's Chair, Sydney circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Mrs Macquarie’s Chair, Sydney circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

On the 26th February 1879 a devastating fire destroyed his premises in Hindley Street, they were then living in North Adelaide and was alerted by his apprentice, much of his work and photographic plates  and negatives were destroyed. In 1880 he patented an application for an ‘automatic fast holding door handle ‘, photographed shipwrecks , the Sorata at Cape Jervios , 7th September 1880.  In 1884, styling himself under the name of The Melbourne Photographic Company, his high profile in the South Australian press, George Freeman and Sarah decided to move to Sydney and worked in Newcastle. He possibly lived in Paramatta, Reynolds Street, Balmain, and in Newcastle.  ‘George Freeman  would set up business,  as soon as he finds suitable premises,’ July 10, 1884 –  reported by the Newcastle Register.

Two vessels in unidentified location (Sydney?) (Photograph by George Freeman)

Two vessels in unidentified location (Sydney?) (Photograph by George Freeman)

Photographing another shipwreck the Susan Gilmore, 3/7/1884, his work was noted – ‘the rocks and headlands are shown in the photograph and therefore accurate’ – The Newcastle Morning Herald- his photos were used for auction of the wreck.

Unattributed photograph of the Wreck of the Susan Gilmore (Slide C917-0504 in the John Turner Collection University of Newcastle) Could this be Freeman's image?

Unattributed photograph of the Wreck of the Susan Gilmore (Slide C917-0504 in the John Turner Collection University of Newcastle) Could this be Freeman’s image?

The image above was recently unearthed among the research slides of the late Dr John Turner, held in the University of Newcastle Cultural Collections. It is taken from a different perspective to the more popular image circulating of the wreck taken from the beach. Dr Turner does not provide a source for the above image, but compare it with another recently located by Dr Ann Hardy in the Hyde Family Album at the NSW State Library. The image appears to have been taken at the same time, from the position of the people in the photograph.

Photograph of Wreck of Susan Gilmore, 1884, from Hyde Family Album PXA-1445-Box5 taken by Dr Ann Hardy 2012 (Courtesy of NSW State Library)

Photograph of Wreck of Susan Gilmore, 1884, from Hyde Family Album PXA-1445-Box5 taken by Dr Ann Hardy 2012 (Courtesy of NSW State Library)

The photograph taken below from the beach does appear to match the Freeman photograph description description from The Newcastle Morning Herald & Miners’ Advocate story published on the 14th July 1884 p.3 showing what appears to be Rocket Brigades’ life lines in the sand extending to the waterline. : http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article135857067

Wreck of the Susan Gilmore (Courtesy of the State Library of NSW) http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemPopLarger.aspx?itemid=393087

Wreck of the Susan Gilmore (Courtesy of the State Library of NSW) http://acms.sl.nsw.gov.au/item/itemPopLarger.aspx?itemid=393087

Wreck of the Susan Gilmore.

IN addition to the usual attractive contents of the Sydney Mail, the issue of Saturday last contains a very spirited three quarter-page engraving of the above disaster. The artist has very ably depicted the most exciting event in connection with the wreck – viz., that in which the captain’s wife is being rescued by the aid of the life lines at the hands of the gallant Newcastle Rocket Brigade. The engraving is taken from a photographic view of the wreck by Mr. G. Freeman, of this city, and forms a capital souvenir of the loss of the Susan Gilmore.

He photographed public buildings in Newcastle and Sydney, including the Town Hall, Circular Quay, Sydney Harbour and streets of the city.

Hunter Street Newcastle near current Lockup Museum and Post Office. Circa 1880s. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Hunter Street Newcastle near current Lockup Museum and Post Office. Circa 1880s. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Bolton Street Newcastle, circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Bolton Street Newcastle, circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Newcastle Harbour taken from Stockton, circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Newcastle Harbour taken from Stockton, circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Newcastle wharves circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Newcastle wharves circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Unidentified man on Newcastle coastline circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Unidentified man on Newcastle coastline circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Decorative arrangement of shells, and marine ornamental art in Newcastle (Photograph by George Freeman)

Decorative arrangement of shells, and marine ornamental art in Newcastle (Photograph by George Freeman)

The Horse-Shoe, (now King Edward Park) circa 1880s. (Photograph by George Freeman)

The Horse-Shoe, (now King Edward Park) circa 1880s. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Cliff overlooking Bogey Hole, circa 1880s. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Cliff overlooking Bogey Hole, circa 1880s. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Newcastle Breakwater (Macquarie Pier) taken from Nobbys circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Newcastle Breakwater (Macquarie Pier) taken from Nobbys circa post 1894 (Photograph by George Freeman)

The Pilgrim Boston coal loading in Newcastle Harbour circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

The Pilgrim Boston coal loading in Newcastle Harbour circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Coaling ships at Newcastle Wharf, Nobbys in distance circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Coaling ships at Newcastle Wharf, Nobbys in distance circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Two horses on shoreline, possibly near present day Newcastle Ocean Baths site c.1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Two horses on shoreline, rock platform possibly near present day Newcastle Ocean Baths site c.1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Closeup of ocean rock platform and crashing waves (Photograph by George Freeman)

Closeup of ocean rock platform and crashing waves (Photograph by George Freeman)

Closeup of Newcastle coastline with clashing waves. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Closeup of Newcastle coastline with clashing waves. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Closeup of Newcastle coastline (Photograph by George Freeman)

Closeup of Newcastle coastline (Photograph by George Freeman)

Newcastle coastline circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

Newcastle coastline circa 1880s (Photograph by George Freeman)

His beloved wife Sarah died of typhoid in 1885, (Newcastle or Sydney) leaving a young family for George and the older children to care for. George continued to photograph buildings and scenes in Parramatta, Sydney and Newcastle. He was also an interpreter of languages for the Sydney and Adelaide courts. In 1890 his health suffering he returned to Adelaide with his family and set up another photographic business promoting photography exhibitions, he bought the camera obscura to Australia with a tent show at Genelg Beach.

George John Freeman died on 5th April 1895.

In the 1870’s there were known to be 700 photographers in Australia – it was big business !

George John Freeman studios out did Duryea, Townshend and Robert Hall. George Freeman’s 34 year photographic  career encompassed skill and showmanship along with an ingenious entrepreneurial style that recorded the early years of Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Newcastle, country towns and views and bought new and exciting innovations to the colony as  a ‘photographer of some note’ to which we are proud to uncover more of his work, and learn more about the man who was our great-grandfather and the legacy he left behind.

The National Library of Australia, Canberra (Trove collection – of 21 photographs he exhibited for the Philadelphia Exhibition )

The Adelaide State Library has a collection of photographs including a family history , a scrap-book and memorabilia.
Author : Pamela Goodhart Dodd – Great Grand Daughter of George John Freeman
( Information from family history copies of document,photographs and newspaper cuttings )
Copyright 2014 Andrew Dodd

Street lamp on bridge over unidentified river. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Street lamp on bridge over unidentified river. (Photograph by George Freeman)

Local Treasures: Newcastle’s Public Infrastructure in 1829

Return of all the Buildings and Establishments at New Castle reported by Mr Rodd the Superintendent of Public Works As being the Property of Government shewing their present actual state etc. August 27th 1829 no. 147/143 (NRS 905, Letter No 32/4776 [4/2146] Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Return of all the Buildings and Establishments at New Castle reported by Mr Rodd the Superintendent of Public Works
As being the Property of Government shewing their present actual state etc. August 27th 1829 no. 147/143 (NRS 905, Letter No 32/4776 [4/2146] Courtesy of NSW State Records)

Day Shift – 18/02/2014 – 02:10 PM
Presenter: Carol Duncan
Interviewee: Dr Ann Hardy and Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist, University of Newcastle (Australia)

Gionni Di Gravio, Archivist of the University of Newcastle and Dr Ann Hardy discuss their recent trip to NSW State Records to photograph three bundles of hitherto lost documents of Newcastle in the late 1820s and early 1830s. The documents relate to an inventory of public buildings in the township that were being readied for what appears to have been the first privatisation prior to the Australian Agricultural Company take over of the Government Mines. They provide a digitised copy and transcription of one of these documents, and the importance of this information to the creation of the 3D early Newcastle model currently being constructed by artist Charles Martin for the University’s Coal River Working Party.

Broadcast Notes:

At the end of 2012, historian Rosemary Melville provided Gionni Di Gravio with a photocopy of an 1829 document entitled “Return of all the Buildings and Establishments at New Castle reported by Mr Rodd the Superintendent of Public Works As being the Property of Government shewing their present actual state etc. August 27th 1829 no. 147/143″
(NSW State Records – NRS 905, Letter No 32/4776 [4/2146])

The photocopy was very hard to read in places, so he asked his colleagues at NSW State Records to locate the original, in order to get a better copy. A couple of weeks ago they rang to say they were unable to locate the original, but found another, that was a copy, along with annotations. This was great news. But the very next day, they rang again to say that they not only relocated the original, but three bundles of files relating to it. Everyone was overjoyed. Many thanks to the staff of NSW State Records in Sydney especially Fiona Sullivan, Gail Davis and Chris Shergold. And thanks also Senior Archivist Janette Pelosi, whose previous “dream job” reading her way through the 1832 correspondence created the entry in the NSW State Records documentation which led her colleagues to locate the file.

NRS 905 - Letter No 32 - 4776 - [4-2146] bundle (Image courtesy of Fiona SullivanNSW State Records)

NRS 905 – Letter No 32 – 4776 – [4-2146] bundle (Image courtesy of Fiona Sullivan NSW State Records)

NRS 905, Letter No 32-4776 [4-2146] - Cover page of return (Image Courtesy of Fiona Sullivan, NSW State Records)

The full 1829 document along with transcription can be downloaded here:

Return of all the Buildings and Establishments at New Castle reported by Mr Rodd the Superintendent of Public Works As being the Property of Government shewing their present actual state etc. August 27th 1829 no. 147/143 with Transcription by Gionni Di Gravio (13MB PDF)

Descriptions of selected buildings and features located on the 1830 Armstrong Plan, and overlayed on Google Earth.

A selection of sites across the township of Newcastle on the 1830 Armstrong plan and overlayed in Google Earth

A selection of sites across the township of Newcastle on the 1830 Armstrong plan and overlayed in Google Earth

A selection of features and their descriptions, along with 3D virtual images provided by Charles Martin. More on Charles work can be found here:

Light house

Sir Thomas Mitchell's 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013. Sir Thomas Mitchell’s 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013.

Sir Thomas Mitchell’s 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013.

Item No. 29

Where is it? Light House Situated on the Headland and South east of the Town

Who occupies it? Signal and Fire men

What condition is it in? This is an octagon weather boarded building designed after the Chinese style of architecture. The top part is perfectly weather proof. The ceiling of the lower floors all down owing to the rain finding its way in at the step which surrounds the building at the height of the lower story it not being covered by lead or copper but only with pitch which has melted away. The top mast of the Signal Staff is decayed and requires replacing. The Telegraph post is split and requires securing by means of two screw bolts. The platform of the Battery on which is six iron 12 Pounders mounted on old fashioned wooden garrison carriages requires, repairs as do also the carriages. The Guns, carriages, signal staff, Telegraph and Light House wants painting.

The Wharf

Sir Thomas Mitchell's 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013. Newcastle Wharf and view up Watt Street rendered by Charles Martin 2013.

Sir Thomas Mitchell’s 1828 sketch rendered by Charles Martin 2013.
Newcastle Wharf and view up Watt Street rendered by Charles Martin 2013.

Item No.  34

Where is it? The Wharf [Where situate is not noted, but once stood at the extremity of Watt Street (formerly George Street)]. Now under the roundabout adjacent to Newcastle Railway Station.

What condition is it in? The Wharf is of Plank supported by Beams resting  upon Piles, which are  nearly eaten through by the worm  –  [100?] by 23 feet.  The steps of wood require to be renewed having decayed and quite dangerous.

 

The Watch House

Scene showing Watch House in centre, 3D rendered by Charles Martin

Scene showing Watch House in centre, 3D rendered by Charles Martin

Item No. 27

Where is it? Watch House

Who occupies it? Police and Bell man of the Public Works Department

What condition is it in? This Building 27 x 21 feet weather boarded with brick lined noggin consisting of two rooms and two cells for one of the latter requires repair at the back is a small octagon tower containing a Bell to summon the working parties some of the weather Boards of the Tower want replacing.

The Lumber Yard

Convict Lumber Yard rendered by Charles Martin 2013

Convict Lumber Yard rendered by Charles Martin 2013

Item No.  15 (should be 16)

Where is it? Lumber Yard situated at the north end of Watt St. and the East Side Newcastle Wharf

Who occupies it? Public Works Department

What condition is it in? This Yard is separated from that of the Prisoners Barracks by a high wooden fence on the east side, on the north side by a similar fence, on the west by a high brick wall rough cast.  Its various shops to the south side thus forming the yard which covers a space of ground 186 x 173 feet.  The Carpenters shed is 45 x 15feet and requires saddle boards the whole length and a few weatherboards replacing at the closed end.  The Blacksmiths shop is 70 x 30 feet of Brick and well constructed but requires new shingling entirely.  The Watchman of the Lumber Yard has a small brick lodge within the walls 12 ft. square at the entrance into the yard in good repair.  There is adjoining  a small tools house 9 x 6 feet and a lime shed 30 x 9 feet of logs in good repair.

What do we propose be done with it? I proposed partitioning off 25 feet from the west end of the Blacksmiths Shop for the purpose of making a store and two small rooms for the Superintendent and Clerk’s Offices.

The Gaol

Newcastle Goal, once overlooking Newcastle Ocean Baths rendered by Charles Martin 2013

Newcastle Goal, once overlooking Newcastle Ocean Baths rendered by Charles Martin 2013

Item No.  28

Where is it? Gaol is situated on the rising ground to the Eastward of the Town

Who occupies it? Criminal Prisoners and Debtors

What condition is it in? This Building is 87 x 37 feet of stone rough cast having two stories an entrance porch in which is two Gaolers rooms surrounded by a high brick wall rough cast the whole covering a space of ground 140 x 105 feet. Three rooms and ten [cells] on the ground floor and seven rooms above require some repairs viz some shingling new Iron bars to strong room ground floor. The inner wall is a crack indicating a settlement but of no great consequence some flags require relaying. There is a considerable crack and settlement in the outer brick wall at the north east corner, which ought to be supported at the angle by buttresses. The Gaoler complains of the Debtors escaping from the yard owing to the Cook house and Privy being situated too near the wall.

What do we propose be done with it? In the event of a future arrangement by which this Building should not be required as a Gaol it might be converted into a Military Barracks.

The Church

Christ Church and surrounding landscape 1818 (3D Art by Charles Martin)

Christ Church and surrounding landscape 1818 (3D Art by Charles Martin)

Item No.  36

Where is it? The Church

What condition is it in? A stone Building the outside Plastered. A Square tower at the East End, surrounded with a small shingled spire. At the West end circular. The roof over the circular end appears very much sunk. I should think the rafters had given way –  The tower spreads at the top 10 inches being split, and is much out of the perpendicular. There is a crack in the circular end and the Plastering is fallen from the outside of the west side of the Tower.

The Pier or Break Water

Macquarie Pier circa 1818 and under construction (3D Art by Charles Martin)

Macquarie Pier circa 1818 and under construction (3D Art by Charles Martin)

Item No.  33

Where is it? The Pier or Break water

What condition is it in? This is of Stone, it is raised too high for a Break water, and I conclude from this circumstance, was not contemplated for that purpose when undertaken. But rather as a Promenade to the Nobby – its being continued at its present height, would be very injudicious rendering it more liable to damage in stormy weather; it should not be more than 8 feet above high water mark, but it is now twelve feet and is higher at it termination that at the commencement ,which is also the [inverse?], since it should be lower  in the middle than the ends, by way of an inclined plane to facilitate the progress of the works.

The interior and exterior slopes are not sufficient. I do not consider these to be any natural obstacle to prevent the continuance of this work having taken the soundings immediately in the line of its directions as well as at some distance on each side of that line generally finding two fathoms, and in no case more than two and three quarters. –

In communication with Mr Livingstone the Master of the Lord Liverpool  Packet who has had the opportunity of I believeing some years experience and observation and also having had the benefit of the nautical experience – Lieutenants Caswell and Lieut. Wood both of the Royal Navy –  I concur most fully with them in opinion that it would be most advisable to continue the works for the good of the Harbour; The Channel into which is now rapidly filling up but would be most decidedly cleared by the force and direction given to the water, when the Boat Passage shall be stopped.

There is a probability of free stone upon Mr Platts property which I visited and inspected, close to the River side about six miles from Newcastle,  and I recommend it should be opened, having reason to believe good Building stone and flogging, might be got there a great desideratum for Newcastle, the stone being unfit for building though hardening under water –  In the event of a quarry being found it would be best for the upper part of the Break water to be built with it.

I apprehend Mr Platt would not object as it must greatly benefit his Property. An Overseer and ten men would make sufficient progress in uncovering it in a fortnight or three weeks to enable a better judgement to be formed of it.

 No 1 Windmill

Item No.  30

Where is it? No. 1 Windmill & House situated on the rising ground to the South West of the Town

Who occupies it? Mr Riley

What condition is it in? A Brick Mill rough cast circular 32 feet Diameter and 38 feet altitude. The sails and main shaft have been carried away but the materials for new sails are upon the premises. A new main shaft and driving wheel are already put up. A few shingles wanting and some of the bricks are much decayed. There is attached a brick noggin Cottage 48 x 13 feet almost down.

Gionni Di Gravio
University Archivist
18th February 2014