Mayfield Repainted


Passing Parade Despite the constant din of traffic, dysfunction and endemic ugliness, Mayfield’s main street can be a pleasant venue – at least, from one of ...

To a Higher Court


Newcastle courthouse now stands as one of the most notable buildings in Newcastle, an iconic and welcoming facility that meets the client brief of connection ...

Autumn Gown


May in Newcastle - calm mild days, cool nights. A stretch of tranquil weather let fallen leaves carpet footpaths at Islington. The accumulation is ...

Muloobinba Leaves Newcastle


Bound for South Africa, Newcastle's floating dock Muloobinba ends 34 years service Muloobinba was launched in Japan 4 November 1977 and towed by the ...

19 Goes for a Spin


Early morning on Kooragang Island, Tuesday, 12 May 2009. Sound asleep among the trees, South Maitland Railways (SMR) No. 19 steam locomotive stirred, oblivious to ...

Light Rail on Heavy Tracks


We each imagine how this town might be, but lack knowledge, experience, and expertise to think it through to detailed, workable, even exciting plans. A ...

A Day on the Harbour (or two)


Nothing is more impressive than a cruise ship up close Newcastle’s harbour is compact and very accessible, which makes ship watching a passive interest ...

Farewells to a Grand Old Dame


In late 2006 Newcastle’s most famous building, the Palais Royale, was partially demolished. A year later its street front was sadly and brutally flattened. ...

The Illustrated Town


First, some protocol.  Locals can say “Kurri” but you and I are advised to say “Kurri Kurri.” Image ~ Kind permission of Chris Fussell ...

Passion Over Pasha Bulker


MV Pasha Bulker leaves Newcastle Harbour 26 July 2007 for repairs in Japan Eleven o'clock departure time was an hour ago, yet ...

Gully Line ~ The Drain


Gully Line under Lambton Road looking north-east, flowing to Throsby Creek Remnants of the actual “Gully Line” coal rail ...

No French Bomb Tests


Protest graffiti in Newcastle is sparse. It might be more common than we know, obfuscated as elaborate tags, or inferred by image or word ...

Gracelands Reminisce


Remember Gracelands on Violet Town Road, Belmont North? One of our region’s outstanding Christmas displays. Here’s a few memories for you. Maybe you were there ...

The Fleeting Glory of KA-11


Newcastle loves boats. The harbour, foreshores, breakwaters, and beaches make boat-watching an easy and inviting pleasure. When a special maritime visitor draws crowds of Novocastrians from their ...

Tale of an Australian Trader


At daybreak on the 17 February, 1969, media crews arrived at Newcastle’s State Dockyard site at Carrington’s Dyke End peninsular. Above ~ ...

Stockton ~ The Disappearing


Crowds and a procession of cars inspect the aftermath of a winter storm in 1948 Late in the afternoon of Sunday, 20th June 1948, Henry Skilton ...

Three Sinkings and Two Beachings


Illalong at final resting place 5 klm south of Redhead ~ from the H.G.Skilton Collection.  The Little Coastal Steamer that Never Gave Up In March 1908, shipping ...


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