Friday, May 29


St John’s Anglican Church – Cooks Hill
buildings, churches, suburbs, Uncategorized

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...
Mayfield Swimming Pool opening 1966
buildings, people, recreation, suburbs

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 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.  
beaches, recreation, suburbs

Young Mariners Pool, Map Pool, Canoe Pool

  The ABC Newcastle Local Treasures story on the pool is here. The question of the existence of the 'map pool', Young Mariners Pool, canoe pool - whatever - seems to come up regularly. Some people are convinced the map is still there! Sadly, it's not, having been removed by Newcastle City Council decades ago. Or perhaps not so sadly as surely these great concrete continents must have been responsible for numerous injuries!      
cemeteries, graves, people, suburbs

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 at Lake Macquarie District Historical Society: In a small park along Park Parade, Marmong Point stands the grave of William Bell and Margaret Scott Quigley (nee Mitchell). The following extract, from an article titled The Laurels (a historic property at Stockton), gives a brief history of the Quigley family ... Agusta and James Mitchell had 3 children - Agusta Marie Mitchell born 1834, David Charles Frederick Scott Mitchell born 1836 and Margaret Scott Mitchell born 1840. When James Mitchell died on 1st February 1869 his estate was held in trust with one third to provide an income for li