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The ‘Pasha Bulker’ Storm – June 2007

The ‘Pasha Bulker’ Storm – June 2007

The 2007 Newcastle storms and floods caused over $1.6 billion in damage, thousands of homes were damaged and around 5000 cars were destroyed. Tragically, 10 people across the wider region lost ...
Leading Light or Beacon Towers

Leading Light or Beacon Towers

Newcastle has its very own castle turret on top of The Hill in the form of the Leading Light Tower or Beacon Tower. It was one of two built to assist captains in bringing their ships safely into ...
City Administration Centre – The Roundhouse

City Administration Centre – The Roundhouse

Opened on 23 June 1977, Newcastle's City Administration Centre - known as The Roundhouse - is a significant piece of brutalist architecture.
Victoria Theatre and Nancy Tapp

Victoria Theatre and Nancy Tapp

Newcastle's Victoria Theatre is the oldest remaining theatre in NSW. Now heritage-listed, plans are in place for the next life of this grand dame.
Vera Deacon OAM | 1926 – 2021

Vera Deacon OAM | 1926 – 2021

In 2020, Vera was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for service to community history and to conservation, and was additionally made a Freeman of the City of Newcastle. In typical Vera ...
Lycett & Wallis – The Convict & The Commandant

Lycett & Wallis – The Convict & The Commandant

"I think the importance of artwork like Lycett's in regards to a city like Newcastle is that you don't have to go to Arnhem Land or the Kimberley to be in touch with Indigenous culture and ...
The Wallis Album

The Wallis Album

In 2012, a previously unknown album of drawings from 1818, including landscapes and portraits of Aboriginal people from the Newcastle region, returned to Newcastle for a brief exhibition by the ...
Palo Alto – Hamilton

Palo Alto – Hamilton

Hamilton's Palo Alto is a piece of Art Deco bliss built for Mr William Herbert of Silsoe Street, Hamilton, in 1935. On the market for the first time since 1961, the building is a pure Art Deco ...
Newcastle East Public School

Newcastle East Public School

Newcastle East Public School is the oldest continually operating school in Austalia having started in 1816. The school's first master was a convict on a conditional pardon, Henry Wrensford, and ...
A Russian Visit

A Russian Visit

Newcastle may once have been concerned that the Russians were coming … but this news article from 1888 details the visit of HIRMS Rynda – a Russian warship that came in to the port of ...
Victoria Theatre

Victoria Theatre

Victoria Theatre - ABC Newcastle article by Carol Duncan Built in the 1870's, the Victoria Theatre on Perkins Street in Newcastle is the oldest theatre still standing in NSW. It's also ...
Cathedral Park – Resting in Pieces

Cathedral Park – Resting in Pieces

No human remains were removed from Cathedral Park, and indeed there were by that time less than 300 headstones remain, most illegible or broken. Other grave markers, being made of timber, had ...
The Star Hotel

The Star Hotel

The Star Hotel is best known for the 1979 riot, but the site is a large complex running through from Hunter to King Street and is also one of Newcastle's earliest large commercial complexes with ...
The Wreck of the Adolphe

The Wreck of the Adolphe

The French barque Adolphe is just one of many shipwrecks that litter the entrance to Newcastle Harbour, yet 110 years after the disaster, this vessel is still one of the most visible. Carol ...
Memorial Drive Tunnel

Memorial Drive Tunnel

One of Newcastle's many hidden places, not open to the public, is a remnant of the Shepherds Hill defence group. A tunnel underneath Memorial Drive enabled power to be supplied to the WWII No 1 ...
St John’s Anglican Church – Cooks Hill

St John’s Anglican Church – Cooks Hill

Designed by Edmund Blacket and constructed between 1857 and 1860, St John's Anglican Church in Cooks Hill is Newcastle's oldest standing church with a busy and vibrant modern congregation.
Henry Martin – Victoria Lifeboat crew member

Henry Martin – Victoria Lifeboat crew member

From Lost Newcastle member, Robyn Jeffries: Pleased to be able to share - my great great grandfather Henry Martin, far right, holding the boat. This is taken in the water around the Pilot ...
Ralph Snowball Collection

Ralph Snowball Collection

Anyone who is keen on Newcastle's history owes a great debt of gratitude to Ralph Snowball. Thousands of his glass negatives have been preserved and digitised by the University of ...
A note to the owner of the MV Sygna …

A note to the owner of the MV Sygna …

Sygna – the 40th Anniversary 1974 – 2014

Sygna – the 40th Anniversary 1974 – 2014

26 May 1974 - share your stories here!
Centenary Antique Centre

Centenary Antique Centre

Centenary Antique Centre This was the Centenary Antique Centre, situated at 29 Centenary Road, Newcastle. Once a collection of 32 antique and bric a brac vendors, one part of it was set up ...
Civic Park Carpark 1950s

Civic Park Carpark 1950s

Civic Park was a carpark in the 1950s
Catherine Hill Bay boiler

Catherine Hill Bay boiler

  Comment from Terrence Owen: "The remains of an early boiler located near the loading point of A & B Pits Collieries of Wallarah Coal Company." Add your stories of Catherine ...
Stockton fish haul 1945

Stockton fish haul 1945

Photo from Lost Newcastle member Donna Dawson
Warners Bay Public School

Warners Bay Public School

Warners Bay Public School 1911 photo from Lost Newcastle member Katrina O'Connor
Snow on Mt Sugarloaf – 18 July 1965

Snow on Mt Sugarloaf – 18 July 1965

According to Wikiski it's snowed at least twice on Mt Sugarloaf! It snowed in 1965 and again in the early 1970's on Mt Sugarloaf which has an elevation of about 350m and is about 20km SW ...
Zaara Street Powerstation

Zaara Street Powerstation

From Wikipedia: Zaara Street Power Station was situated on Zaara Street, in the city of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia. It was built to supply power for the New South Wales ...
Frank Hendry

Frank Hendry

Comment by Lost Newcastle members: David Schofield He was feared and respected by the students. At assembly, he wore his graduation gown and looked very imposing. During my Intermediate ...
Latec House

Latec House

From www.grandmercureapartments.com.au: Latec House was designed in 1956 by Peddle Thorp & Walker with construction commencing late 1957. The eleven-storey building was officially ...
Skyline Drive-In Lambton train ride

Skyline Drive-In Lambton train ride

Amusement train ride that was under the screen of the Skyline drive-in Lambton. 1960's. From Lost Newcastle member Mark Spurr.
Mayfield Swimming Pool opening 1966

Mayfield Swimming Pool opening 1966

  Mayfield Pool - BHP's Gift to City - Officially opened Saturday 12/11/66 @ 2.30pm. Distinguished guests are from L - R; Seated behind speaker is Alderman Mr Frank Purdue; Sir Ian ...
Newcastle’s Mysterious ‘Map Pool’

Newcastle’s Mysterious ‘Map Pool’

Newcastle's mysterious 'map pool'. Did it ever really exist?
Quigley Grave – Booragul

Quigley Grave – Booragul

The question appeared on Lost Newcastle, "Does anyone know this grave? It use to scare us when we were kids." Lone graves always seem so sad. Unloved and forgotten. This from Margaret ...
Bar Beach May 1974

Bar Beach May 1974

Bar Beach 27 May 1974 - photo from Lost Newcastle member Jeffrey Fergusson.
Wallsend

Wallsend

Wallsend from rotunda photo from Lost Newcastle member Jon Herd
Scotts Ltd Hunter Street c1890s

Scotts Ltd Hunter Street c1890s

Scotts Ltd Hunter Street c1890s - credit unknown.
Nineways Broadmeadow c1920

Nineways Broadmeadow c1920

Nineways Broadmeadow c1920 photo from Lost Newcastle member
Governor Northcott 1947

Governor Northcott 1947

From Lost Newcastle member, Chris Watsford: My grandfather Sgt Bill McKie performing escort duties (then Cst) for Governor Northcott (walking off gangplank) at Newcastle. This was taken on ...
Newcastle Beach Postcard 1912

Newcastle Beach Postcard 1912

Newcastle Beach - postcard photo uploaded by Lost Newcastle member Brian Peters.
Corporation Baths

Corporation Baths

The site of the City Arcade between Hunter and Newcomen Streets has historical significance as an early source of fresh water for the Newcastle community. It is also significant as the site of ...
YY Cordials Newcastle

YY Cordials Newcastle

Newcastle Sun - 6 Jan 1921 - A Newcastle CompanyThe Y.Y. Aerated Water Co., Ltd., was registered on December 13 with a capital of £10,000 in £1 shares,  Objects. To acquire by agreement ...