Lost Diggers of Weston – Update

Towns with Heart & The Coalfields Heritage Group present

Alexander Galloway’s Lost Diggers of Weston

A group of Australian soldiers outside a hotel, [Criterion Hotel-], [1914-1918]

A group of Australian soldiers outside a hotel, [Criterion Hotel-], [1914-1918]

Lost to the world for almost 100 years, these timeless images will be on public display for the first time.

Who were they? What is their story? Are they your Great Grandfather or Uncle?


  • Thursday April 25
  • Friday April 26
  • Saturday April 27
  • Sunday April 28


St. Paul the Apostle Anglican Church Hall
Lang Street, Kurri Kurri
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Entry by gold coin donation.

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

Mulubinba: Place of Sea Ferns


Place of Sea Ferns


6 – 30 May 2015

The University Gallery

This exhibition explores the history of the Aboriginal people of the Newcastle area and will trace their stories, culture and their intrinsic relationship with the land. Significant sites, traditional practices and the sharing of stories, will be brought into focus as we celebrate the University and its community in 2015, and acknowledge the custodians of the land.

Original artifacts, flora and fauna will accompany early images by European artists, and will set the scene as the exhibition follows the history and development of Newcastle from an Aboriginal perspective. Photographs will also mark the ever-changing contemporary landscapes within the community.

Curated by Mandy Kelly and Gillean Shaw. Presented in association with The Wollotuka Institute: a leader in Indigenous education at the University of Newcastle.

The exhibition will also include the launch of Professor John Maynard’s new book, Callaghan, the University of Newcastle, Whose Traditional Land?.

In his book Maynard studies the history of the Pambalong clan of the Awabakal people and their relationship to the present site of the University of Newcastle: Callaghan.

Exploring Pambalong lifestyle and culture, as well as differences between Aboriginal and Western understandings of land tenure, Maynard reveals both their struggles in the wake of settlement and their ultimate survival.

Copies of John Maynard’s 2014 publication,True Light and Shade: An Aboriginal Perspective of Joseph Lycett’s Art, published by the National Library of Australia, will also be available for purchase during the exhibition

Please join us for the opening and book launch at the University Gallery:
Wednesday 6 May from 6 – 8pm
with a welcome performance by Ray Kelly Jnr.



History Research Seminar Series 2015

History @ Newcastle

Research Seminar Series


Seminars are held in Cultural Collections @ Auchmuty Library (ground floor, through AIC), from 10am, and are followed by morning tea at 11am.

Semester One, 2015

Week 2 Helen English – University of Newcastle
Friday 6 March “Migrant musicians and their impact on the emerging cultural life of Newcastle and its townships, 1860-1880″
Week 4 Alan Ward Memorial Seminar
Friday 20 March Reflections on the work of the late Prof Alan Ward
Chaired by Prof Peter Hempenstall
Week 5
Friday 27 March The First World War: Local, Global and Imperial Perspectives
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 25–27 March
Week 7 Jan MacLeod – University of Newcastle
Friday 24 April “Within reach, beyond care: medical care during the Papuan (Kokoda) Campaign”
Week 9
Dr Matthew Lewis – University of Newcastle
Friday 8 May “Sectarianism and IRA violence on the Irish border: Armagh-Louth, 1920–22”
Week 11 Prof Paula Hamilton – University of Technology, Sydney
Friday 22 May TBA
Week 13 Dr Julie McIntyre – University of Newcastle
Friday 5 June “Feral Vineyards and Fashion Mistakes: The environmental and cultural drawbacks of wine fever”

For more information contact matthew.lewis@newcastle.edu.au or visit the History @ Newcastle Facebook page.

The other side of No Man’s Land

BOOK LAUNCH – an open invitation

You are cordially invited to the launch of

John Ramsland’s
Arthur Wheen World War I Hero

Book cover

To the Battles of Fromelles, Bullecourt, Polygon Wood, Villers-Bretonneux and Péronne on the Western Front with the 54th Battalion, Fifth Division AIF

The Australian who translated the 1929 bestseller, All Quiet on the Western Front into English.

‘The Morning Star is quenched with blood. In these hideous days Slaughter took toll in bodies, minds and souls.’

Arthur Wesley Wheen MM & 2 Bars, 1919




5.30-7.00pm Thursday, 5 February 2015


57 WATT ST, NEWCASTLE (between King and Church Streets)

Light refreshments provided and the Bar will be open


mark@ramsland.com.au or

4929 7979 (Ramsland Laidler Solicitors) or


Arson in modern Ireland

History @ Newcastle


Friday 29 August 2014,

Cultural Collections, Auchmuty Library 10 – 11am.
Followed by morning tea.

Arson in modern Ireland:
Fire and protest since 1800

Dr Gemma Clark, University of NSW

The act of willfully setting fire to property with the intent to cause damage is not only a serious crime. In Ireland, the UK and elsewhere, arson is also a historically recognized protest tool. My postdoctoral project examines the range of social, political and military activists who have, since 1800, utilized fire—and the threat of one’s property being burned—to enforce compliance with collective demands and communicate grievances. This paper presents my research so far, exploring the role played by arson in nineteenth-century rural unrest, and incendiarism as a feature of urban and sectarian conflict, particularly in Northern Ireland. I argue that the persistence of—typically non-lethal—arson as a protest tool, in Ireland, is explained by the distinctively Irish propensity to property damage, as well as the relative scarcity of brutality in modern Ireland, compared with mainland Europe and the USA.

Gemma Clark studied History at the Queen’s College, Oxford, completing her doctorate in 2011. In October 2012, she took up her current position as postdoctoral research fellow at the Global Irish Studies Centre, UNSW Australia. Her research concerns violence and protest in modern Ireland. Cambridge University Press recently published her first monograph, Everyday Violence in the Irish Civil War.


History Seminars Semester 2, 2012

History Seminar Series

School of Humanities and Social Science,
The University of Newcastle

2012, Semester 2

Held in  Cultural Collections (near the Information Desk)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus
All seminars are held on Fridays at 10:00 am (except where indicated otherwise),
and are followed afterwards by morning tea


10th August – Julie McIntyre, Newcastle University: ‘Bourdieu, colonial claret and Madeira Hock: A taste of wine studies’

24th August, 11.30am(please note the later start time) John Gagné, University of Sydney: Bodies in the Italian Wars (1494–]1559): Parts, Numbers, Politics’

7th September – Ann Hardy, Newcastle University: ‘”here is an Asylum open…” Constructing a Culture of Government Care in Australia 1801-2012’

21st September – Roger Markwick, Newcastle University: ‘”Every log a blow to the enemy!” Researching and writing the history of Soviet women on the home front in the Second World War’

19th October – Julie Thorpe, University of Western Sydney: ‘Exhibiting refugees: The 1915 war aid exhibition in Vienna’

Was New Zealand part of New South Wales 1788-1817?

History Seminar Series

School of Humanities and Social Science,
The University of Newcastle
2012, Semester 1

Held in the Cultural Collections (near the Information Desk)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus
Friday 4th May, 10:00am, followed by morning tea

Professor Lyndall Ryan
Centre for the History of Violence, Newcastle University

“Was New Zealand part of New South Wales 1788-1817?”

When Captain Arthur Phillip the first governor of New South Wales, read out his commission at Sydney on 26 January 1788 he said that the boundaries of the colony extended from Cape York in the north to South Cape, all the country westward as far as 135 degrees east and “including all the islands adjacent in the Pacific Ocean” between Cape York and South Cape.

Did Phillip’s jurisdiction include New Zealand? Between 1788 and 1817 the governors of NSW were in no doubt that NZ was part of the territory of NSW and encouraged trade and missionary enterprise between the two places. However in 1817 the British government ruled that NZ was not part of NSW. This paper explores the ways historians on both sides of the Tasman have written about this period in relation to their countries’ histories and argues for a new approach to trans-Tasman history.

All welcome!

History Seminar Series, Semester 1, 2012

History Seminar Series

School of Humanities and Social Science,
The University of Newcastle

2012, Semester 1

Held in the Cultural Collections (near the Information Desk)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus

All seminars are held on Fridays at 10:00 am, and  are followed afterwards by morning tea

History Seminar Series 2012

9th March
– Michael Rosenthal, Warwick University (UK):  Edward Close: prospects of the colony 1817-?

23rd March – Alan Ward, Newcastle University:  Is a treaty any use at all? A perspective from restless New Zealand

4th May – Lyndal Ryan, Newcastle University:  Was New Zealand part of New South Wales 1788-1817

18th May – James Bennett, Newcastle University:  Maurice Shadbolt, William Malone and Chunuk Bair: Gallipoli and late 20th century New Zealand cultural productions. Please note that this date has been changed.

1st June – Elizabeth Roberts-Pederson, University of Western Sydney: “Some measure of revolution”: physical treatments for war neurosis in Britain, 1939-1945

Download the program as a PDF

Everyone is welcome!

Is a treaty any use at all?

School of Humanities and Social Science,
The University of Newcastle
2012, Semester 1

Held in the Cultural Collections (near the Information Desk)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus

Friday 23rd March, 10:00am, followed by morning tea

Emeritus Professor Alan Ward

Is a treaty any use at all?
A perspective from restless New Zealand

Since the 1960s there have been insistent proposals for a ‘treaty’ (or ‘Makarata’) between the Commonwealth and Australian Aboriginal people, as a basis for Aboriginal advancement. Lately the trend has been towards explicit recognition of Aboriginal rights in the federal Constitution. Arguments in support of such proposals sometimes include reference to the allegedly better race relations in New Zealand, allegedly deriving from the Treaty of Waitangi concluded between representatives of the British Crown and some 530 Maori rangatira in 1840. There is an assumption that the Treaty of Waitangi has constitutional force, or the force of fundamental law, against which statute law and the received common law are measured. This talk will examine those assumptions.

All welcome!