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Tag: lost newcastle

Memorial Drive Tunnel
buildings, tunnels

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
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...