Monday, May 25

buildings

Star Hotel
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Star Hotel

Star Hotel 2013 - Photo: Carol Duncan Everyone in Newcastle reckons they know someone who was at the Star Hotel on the night of 19 September 1979 - so far that means some 200,000 people claim to have been there. Newcastle's Star Hotel is perhaps best known for the riot of 19 September 1979 and the song of the same name by Cold Chisel. The Star Hotel had never been pretty and by the late 1970s, the owners of the pub - Tooth & Co - had pretty much had enough of trying to improve the reputation of a pub which catered for the seafaring drinkers at the Hunter Street bar, the live music punters at the King Street bar, and Newcastle's LGBTQI community somewhere in the middle. Star Hotel Riot 19 September 1979. Photo - Ron Bell. In September, the hotel was given one week's no...
Memorial Drive Tunnel
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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 Searchlight which was situated on the face of the cliff below Strzelecki Lookout. [Carol Duncan ABC Radio 2013 with Newcastle City Council Heritage Strategist, Sarah Cameron.] Carol Duncan speaks with Newcastle City Council Heritage Strategist, Sarah Cameron, about the hidden WWII tunnel underneath Memorial Drive which provided power to the No 1 Searchlight. ABC Radio 2013. Military occupation of the Shepherds Hill site began in the 1890s, but by 1939 Newcastle was one of the major producers of munitions for NSW and an increasingly important industrial area. BHP had been preparing ...
St John’s Anglican Church – Cooks Hill
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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. [Local Treasures ABC Radio 2013] Reverend Stewart Perry says even though it is the oldest standing church left in Newcastle, it's got a lot of history and is, "Above all, it's just a gorgeous building." Unusually, the timber ceiling of the church is painted pale blue and dotted with stars, Rev Perry says it's a feature of the work of the architect, Edmund Blacket, "People often wonder if the stars are something that was added later but it was one of the original features." "It was a trademark of the architect who designed the building. He painted the ceilings blue and had stars just ne...
Henry Martin – Victoria Lifeboat crew member
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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 Station where he worked as crew of the "Victoria" Lifeboat. (Olive Hoggan's (also her gr.g/father) photo.) Henry Martin d.1899, No 2, Pilots Row, Newcastle, now called the Boatmens Cottages on Nobbys Rd. opposite Fort Scratchley. The 1st rescue while working on the "Victoria", we have record of, is the "City of Newcastle". The little boy in the photo is Charles Henry Martin, son of Henry Martin, so dates the photo to approximately 1880.
Ralph Snowball Collection
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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 Newcastle Archives and Cultural Collections and browsing through them on Flickr is bound to lead to hours disappearing down this fantastic historical rabbit-hole.
Zaara Street Powerstation
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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 Government Railways (NSWGR) in 1915, when the first turbo-alternator of 2.5 megawatts was commissioned. The installation of additional plant in 1920 led to a generating capacity of 28.5 megawatts (MW). Surplus capacity in the Railway Commissioner's power grid was sold to municipal councils and other bodies responsible for the supply of electricity to the general public. Zaara Street Power Station was connected to the grid of the Electricity Supply Department of the Newcastle Borough Council in 1917, and supplied much of Newcastle's electricity needs throughout the 1920s. Later known as the Newcastle Ele
Latec House
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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 opened on 24 April 1959 by The Federal AttorneyGeneral, Sir Garfield Barwick. At this time Latec House was the tallest building in Newcastle, rising 128 feet above Hunter Street, and was described as being ‘in the heart of the city’s thriving motor industry’. The last tenants left in May 1988 and the building was never occupied. It was 1988 that saw speculation that the building may become a hotel.   During the demolition process, Victorian-era terraces dating back to 1879 were revealed. These had been hidden behind more modern facades.