Ralph Snowball Collection

Ralph Snowball Collection

Anyone who is keen on Newcastle’s history owes a great debt of gratitude to Ralph Snowball.

End of Dyke, Newcastle, NSW, 19 July 1900

End of Dyke, Newcastle, NSW, 19 July 1900

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.

Photo: Ralph Snowball collection held by the University of Newcastle

Photo: Ralph Snowball collection held by the University of Newcastle

Snow on Mt Sugarloaf – 18 July 1965

Snow on Mt Sugarloaf – 18 July 1965

Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters

Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters

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 of Newcastle. According to a Newcastle Herald article at the time, snow settled in West Wallsend, which is barely 70m ABSL. Snow for the first time in history settled all around the low lying hills around Maitland, Cessnock and Singleton.

Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters

Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters
Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters

Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters

Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters

Photo submitted by Lost Newcastle member Marc Walters

The local Lions Club was so excited they installed a plaque!

Lions Club plaque on Sugarloaf

Mayfield Swimming Pool opening 1966

Mayfield Swimming Pool opening 1966

Mayfield Swimming Pool opening photo from Lost Newcastle member Katrina O'Connor

Mayfield Swimming Pool opening photo from Lost Newcastle member Katrina O’Connor

 

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 McLennan Chief General Manager of BHP; Lord Mayor D G McDougall & Mr R Coulton General Manager BHP; At time of opening admission fees were 30c per adult; 5c per child; Cost approx. $160K to construct; Holds 300,000 gallons of water; 165′ long; 50′ wide.