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 as an original old store.
After the closure of the Beaumont Street Antiques Centre in 1993 following the 1989 earthquake, Richard Owens AM offered the use of the Centenary Road building for the stallholders and included antiques from his own family’s collection.
Centenary Road Antiques closed in 2013 after the purchase of the building by Jerry Schwartz.
Joy Cummings was Australia’s first female Lord Mayor and the Lord Mayor of Newcastle from 1974-1984. She had many achievements during her time in office and left a tremendous legacy to the city after her death in 2003. Her interest in politics began in 1938 at age 15 when she joined the ALP. Whilst maintaining her involvement in ALP politics, Joy married Ray Cummings and raised four children. Her political life began in 1968 as the first woman to win a seat on Newcastle City Council, when she was appointed alderman of the city’s East Ward. Joy’s first political venture was campaigning to save Moreton Bay Fig trees in Islington. During her political career she was known for her many environmental achievements in Newcastle including the preservation of Blackbutt Reserve and its extension to include Richley Reserve; the saving of Civic Park, the establishment of the world-renowned Shortland Wetlands and Glenrock state preservation areas, and perhaps most particularly, the development of the Harbour Foreshore. There were very few women in politics in Australia in the 1960s, 70s and 80s, and Joy served as a strong role model for them. Not only was she the first female Lord Mayor in the country but she was also the first woman to be elected to the Hunter Conservation Trust and the Hunter Water Board. She was also the first woman to enter and address the Newcastle Business Men’s Club and the Newcastle Club, paving the way for other female politicians in the region. As a passionate sponsor of the arts and an active patron of the Hunter Orchestra, she identified closely with the creative members of our community. Council support and sponsorship of the arts were very important to Joy, and her grand-daughter Sarah Wynter (also a Novocastrian) has gone on to become an internationally successful actress. Joy Cummings was a politician for and of the people and her genuineness, warmth and compassion for all citizens of Newcastle made her a popular Lord Mayor and much-loved member of the community. She was re-elected for three consecutive terms before she retired after a stroke in 1984. Joy could often be found joining in singalongs at elderly citizens’ clubs or enjoying a cup of tea at Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. She embraced the ethnic and aboriginal members of the community and was the first Lord Mayor to raise the indigenous flag over a town or city hall and to hold a civic reception in honour of indigenous peoples. A proud Novocastrian, Joy ensured the preservation of many iconic heritage buildings such as the old police station, City Hall, Civic Theatre, Fort Scratchley and the streetscapes of Cooks Hill and Newcastle East. Joy Cummings was a woman with abundant energy and a wonderful spirit whose love of and life long dedication to the city of Newcastle and its people made her a truly outstanding individual. Through her governance of the city and great compassion towards its community, she reshaped the role and image of the Lord Mayor and left a remarkable impact on the city of Newcastle.
Frank ‘Doc’ Hendry – Science Master at Newcastle Tech High in the 1950’s/60’s.
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 Certificate year I decided that wopping school to go to the beach was the better option. Consequently I missed a lot of lessons and I am sure my certificate results were extremely poor. Doc Hendry played bowls with my father and although I never asked , I’m sure that he may have made a few “adjustments” so that I was able to get an apprenticeship.
In those days it was common to give your teacher or Master a derogatory nickname so I think that “Doc” shows the respect that students held for him. I’ll give you a little glimpse of how it was at Tech’ High in those days. Weekly assembly was held in the main hall. Seats were set out on either side of a centre aisle leading to a stage. Your Grandfather , the headmaster and all the other Masters then paraded to the stage (some in graduation gowns) to give their reports on the efforts of the students and the sports master Bob Snape gave a report on the sporting achievements. No student was allowed to talk during this presentation. It was all very formal but there was one Master on stage who kept an eagle eye out for miscreants. If he spotted you the whole event was stopped while he said ” YOU ” third row down, second seat to the left ,next to the boy with red hair, Deputy Principles office NOW ! I saw you talking. And no, it wasn’t “Doc”.
Stuart Alderman Doc taught me a couple of years, 1965 & I think 1969. He wasn’t so much feared as respected…….schooling in those days had discipline and with discipline comes respect. Doc’s respect came from the cane he used for discipline. I think in 5th year (1969) he became ill and had quite an extended time off. Another science teacher was ‘Hippo’ and Joe Connelly whose after lunch practicals seemed to always fail because of his visit to The Premier. Good days at Tech High.
Doc Hendry used to have a beaker of water heating over a bunsen burner to make tea. He would then drink from the beaker while walking around the lab. The french on the board could have been by ‘mousey’ Allen or ‘chasbo’ Hocking.