Our local communities are very important to the Cultural Collections team.
One recent example of help we have received from a member of the You know you’re from Maitland when… Facebook group is the supply of current photos of a headstone designed by Pender Architects back in 1879.
The architectural drawings are of the headstone for Henry Rourke, a prominent Maitland resident and businessman who died on 4 August 1879, and who was buried in the Anglican portion of the Campbells Hill Cemetery. We wanted to see if the headstone was still there, and, if so, if it was true to John Wiltshire Pender’s design.
After we posted the request for a current photo of this headstone to the Facebook group, one of its members, Peter Smith, messaged us with two photos of the headstone. Our thanks to Peter for his help.
Have a look at the photos which are now on our Living Histories site with links to the architectural drawings.
If you have photos or information you’d like to share, we have some instructions for working on the Living Histories @ UON site at http://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/67982. Alternatively, you can email us.
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 livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/45
We have just published some more great photos from Peter Sansom’s Collection. See Peter’s Collection at livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/65554
3801 with its train steaming out of Port Waratah the day it was recommissioned. November 1986.
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!
14 March – 1 April 2018
Thursday 15 MARCH from 6:30pm
Gallery 1 – KATRINA HOLDEN – Conversations with the Land
Conversations with the Land presents the artist’s snapshots and visceral responses to the often overlooked impressions of our beautiful local landscape.
Gallery 2 – ANGUS FOXLEY, ANNIKA LEE, JANE LO, KATE MAHONEY – Abstraction in the creative industries
Abstraction in the creative industries employs techniques used in creative photomedia – composition, colour, line, shape and texture convey emotional responses, engaging audiences with their ideas through abstract photographs.
Gallery 3 – ANNIE COREY – Ghost Stories
Ghost Stories is a collection of works investigating ideas of time, reality and perception. The individual works share common themes of transience with surreal, dream-like qualities.
Media Space – ANDREW STYAN – HUM
HUM the humble power point is the ultimate plug and play device. Behind it lies the most complex machine ever built.
Download MARCH EXHIBITIONS at WATT SPACE
Peter Tilley, Seeing the Shadow II 2017, painted cast iron on polished stainless steel, 43 x 78 x 15 cm.
Seeing the Shadow
21 MARCH – 14 APRIL 2018
The elusive, insubstantial nature of the shadow lends itself to metaphor, myth and legend, with its significance contemplated by human consciousness throughout history. Shadows appear as essences of the soul – the externalisation of the inner self – as guides or advisors. In Jungian psychology, shadows contain parts of ourselves that are suppressed, denied, or unfavourable.
For his PhD research, Peter Tilley examines the theory and philosophy of shadow,
developing and utilising an array of materials, found objects, symbols and methods that
enable the construction of shadows to visually or symbolically disclose fundamental traits and mnemonics of the ‘casting’ figure.
The resulting sculptures become complex representations that explore illusions of certainty, memory and imagination – the mysteries of the unknown – and the fundamental identity and attributes of the figure/self.
PLEASE JOIN THE ARTIST FOR THE EXHIBITION OPENING AT
THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY
SATURDAY 24 MARCH AT 3PM
Peter Tilley is represented by May Space, Sydney
PETER TILLEY WEB INVITE
WATT SPACE GALLERY
21 February – 11 March 2018
Thursday 22 FEB from 6:30pm
- LIBBY ECKERSLEY – Preparations and de-articulations has the artist working in the context of the gallery space and its visitors to research how these interactions inform decision making and information processing
- COURTNEY HEFFERNAN – Fanciful Notions investigates childhood rituals, myths and legends that are the essence of human experience, and explores imagination through the rediscovery of story telling.
- MEGAN MCCARTHY – Fractured Feminism questions the divide between the Feminine and the diverse ideas of Feminism. It represents shattered illusions and stands as a metaphor for resilience and strength.
- ANNIKA THURBON – I do look like this, I don’t look like this presents self portraits that explore my warped perception of self and the way my mind and my body change from week to week.
Download the Watt Space Invitation 22 FEB 2018
IMAGE: RE-STITCHING CULTURE DOLLS 2017 LEFT – RIGHT Aunty Audree Trindall, Audrey, Aunty Pearl Slater, Mum (Eileen), Arlettha, Johnny, Aunty Shirl Weatherall, My younger self (Shirley), Lyniece Keogh, Will & Tom. Fabric, yarn, threads and filling. Image courtesy Tess Reading
Doll-making in Indigenous Cultures
21 FEBRUARY – 18 MARCH 2018
Doll-making is an intrinsic part of many Indigenous cultures across the world, including communities in Australia, Canada and South Africa. In all three cultures, doll-making represents a transfer of cultural knowledge, the building of capacity, and the reclaiming of Indigenous identity, on both a local and a collective level.
The benefits of these outcomes are important to supporting health and wellbeing in Indigenous communities. RE-STITCHING CULTURE showcases examples of doll-making from three Indigenous groups that continue to strengthen their local communities. Specifically, the Gomeroi Yarning dolls (Australia) which encourage the sharing of oral personal narratives; the Six Nations Cornhusk dolls (Canada) to promote the transmission of cultural teachings; and the Siyazama Zulu dolls (South Africa) used to create community support networks through locally relevant HIV/AIDS awareness.
PLEASE JOIN VICE-CHANCELLOR PROFESSOR CAROLINE MCMILLEN FOR THE LAUNCH
THURSDAY 22 FEBRUARY FROM 5:30PM
RE-STITCHING CULTURE is supported by the NSW Government through Create NSW, and is a joint project between the Tamworth Regional Gallery, the Gomeroi Gaaynggal Arts Health Program, and The University Gallery, University of Newcastle.
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 http://livinghistories.newcastle.edu.au/nodes/view/12028
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – https://www.flickr.com/photos/uon/39735029291 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 email@example.com
BEHIND THE WORDS
31 January – 18 February 2018
Mojgan Habibi’s PhD research is concerned with the use of text by politically motivated Iranian visual artists. Hidden or secondary meanings contained in prose become more evident in times of political or religious censorship, and the use of text in contemporary art can direct the viewer to content beyond the literal meaning. The works in Habibi’s PhD research exhibition, Behind the Words, use metaphor, allegory, poetry and references to Persian mythology and history as vehicles to discuss contemporary Iranian politics. Habibi’s carefully crafted objects and installations are made from clay, some are fired, and all contain textual references ranging from Persian script to abstract calligraphy.
PLEASE JOIN THE ARTIST FOR THE EXHIBITION OPENING AT
THE UNIVERSITY GALLERY
SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY FROM 1PM
TO BE LAUNCHED BY DR CHRISTOPHER ALLEN
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 firstname.lastname@example.org