Adding captions to AV on LH@UON

We have hundreds of audio and video files on our Living Histories @ UON site. It can be very helpful to have these files captioned so that listeners can jump to the parts of the recordings that interest them the most.

There is an example of a captioned file at

If you would care to help us in our endeavours, we have provided some instructions. If you find errors in the the documentation, feel something needs changing or if something isn’t clear, please contact us.


Engaging with Living Histories @ UON

Would you like to help us to bring the history of our local area to the world?

If so, our great new digital platform, Living Histories @ UON, powered by RECOLLECT™ by New Zealand Micrographic Services, gives you the opportunity to do so.

You can sign up for free as a member and transcribe text as you can in Trove, add geotags, tag people you know in the photos, suggest keywords,  add comments and recollections and more.

Here are some tips to get you started. More will be added as time permits.

If something isn’t clear in a document, needs changing, or if you would like some information on how to do something else in the system, please contact us.

RAAF memories – WW2

[Noel Thomas Osland, RAAF, c. 1944]

We have just uploaded 16 photos from the Ron Osland Collection to our Living Histories @ UON site.  This collection from Mr Ron Osland, was made available to us by our colleague, Barry Howard, together with permission to publish, granted by Mr Osland.

These photos feature the Royal Australian Air Force in which Noel Thomas Osland (1923-1985) served. See Noel Osland’s war record at the National Archives of Australia.

There are more photos of the Cessnock area which will be uploaded to this collection in due course. In the meantime, enjoy this glimpse of World War 2.

Penny Dunstan – Shadowlands II



In the Upper Hunter Valley, open-cut coal mining is transforming what was once agricultural land into unfamiliar landscapes. The trace of history has been severed by industry, to be replaced by shadowlands of our consumerism.

This PhD research exhibition is based upon walking through these hidden places and interacting in this newly manufactured world. It is a record of wayfinding through terraformed land, using drawing, photography, soils and collected artefacts.

Through these works, creative practice co-constitutes post-mining places by transmuting tracks into images and giving interactions form, thereby articulating a way of knowing our shadowlands and making our minescapes matter.

– Penny Dunstan, May 2017


Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression


Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression

Exhibition dates: 19 April – 15 July

Please join us for the exhibition opening at the University Gallery on:

Wednesday 19 April from 5.30pm

This is a free event. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome

Balnhdhurr – A Lasting Impression celebrates twenty years of onsite print production at the Yirrkala Print Space in the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre, located in the remote Aboriginal community of Yirrkala in Northeast Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The Yirrkala Print Space is unique amongst remote community art centres with twenty years of continual production of limited edition fine art prints by locally employed and trained Indigenous printmakers.

Balnhdhurr refers to marks made on the ground as a sign for people to follow – where one group goes ahead, but wants to leave a message for those behind. An impression is scratched into the ground directing the future viewer to follow the right path. In this way printmaking provides a medium for passing on knowledge to younger generations to keep culture and history and identity alive and strong, while at the same time creating a conversation between the Yolngu (Yolŋu) people of Northeast Arnhem Land and the national and international community.

The diversity of the work acknowledges Yolngu respect for clan and country, highlighting the importance of kinship with many of the prints relating to Creation stories and Law as passed on by their Ancestors. 

An Artback NT National Touring Exhibition 2017-2019 produced in association with Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre

IMAGE Gaymala Yunupingu Djirikitj, 1998, screenprint, 40 x 40 cm

History@Newcastle 2017: “Sexual Violence and Medicine”

Please join us this Friday 7 April at 10am in Cultural Collections for the third History@Newcastle seminar for the semester, delivered by UoN Global Innovation Chair Professor Joanna Bourke.

“Sexual Violence and Medicine: Police Surgeons, Forensic Medical Examiners, and ‘Cultures of Care’ in Twentieth Century Britain”

Professor Joanna Bourke
UoN Global Innovation Chair

Police doctors are extremely influential when victims of sexual violence report the attack to the police. Victims are required to consent to undergo a medical examination. They routinely claim that this is the most distressing part of reporting their ordeal, yet medical evidence of assault and marks of violence are crucial for any successful prosecution. Alleged perpetrators are also medically examined. In this paper, I explore the history of police surgeons or Forensic Medical Examiners (as they came to be known), exploring the tension between care giving and the collection of evidence.

About the Speaker
Joanna Bourke is the Global Innovation Chair at the University of Newcastle and Professor of History at Birkbeck, University of London. She is Chair of Modern History at The British Academy. She is the prize-winning author of twelve books, including histories on modern warfare, military medicine, psychology and psychiatry, the emotions, and rape, as well as over 86 articles in academic journals. In 2014, she was the author of The Story of Pain: From Prayer to Painkillers (OUP) and Wounding the World: How Military Violence and War-Play are Invading our Lives (Virago). Her books have been translated into Chinese, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Italian, Portuguese, Czech, Turkish, and Greek.

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History@Newcastle 2017 Programme