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The story behind Lost Newcastle

Carol Duncan – Founder of Lost Newcastle


Established in 2012, Lost Newcastle is the ‘passion project’ of former ABC broadcaster Carol Duncan.

“My original aim for Lost Newcastle was for locals to share the old family photos in the shoebox at the top of their grandparent’s wardrobe. Sadly, as generations pass, these photos often lose their context and end up thrown out in the rubbish, yet they have the potential to reveal more of our history to us through their very mundane nature. They’re generally not taken by professional photographers but are simple snaps taken by mum or dad in our backyards or on our beaches.”

In 2021, Lost Newcastle now has nearly 70,000 very active members and has taken on a life of its own.

Lost Newcastle regularly sees families and friends reunited, places and objects identified, and wonderful stories, myths and legends shared.

‘Losties’ share their experiences of working at BHP, living through wartime, the Sygna disaster and Newcastle’s shipwreck history, learning of Newcastle’s ‘hidden’ baths and mysterious map pool, even exploring our river and region through the eyes of this region’s first people – the Awabakal and Worimi and their descendants.

New stories and photos are added daily!

After joining Lost Newcastle I was contacted by a relative I didn’t know I had after posting some stories! Rachel has given me the most wonderful stories, photos & information on my family! Just so grateful, thank you!

Christine G

View from Newcastle City Administration Centre under construction Nov 1975
Image Hunter Photo Bank Newcastle Region Library

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