Monday, April 6, 2009

Convicts Under the Southern Cross Heritage Walk

Convicts Under the Southern Cross Heritage Walk took place on Sunday 5 April and explored the former main street of Newcastle, Watt Street,formally known as George Street. A group of about 40 people accompanied by members of the Newcastle University’s Coal River Working Party & National Trust members walked from the Obelisk, down Newcomen Street to the archeological excavation currently underway at the old parsonage site on the cnrs of Church & Newcomen Sts. The group then entered the James Fletcher Hospital grounds and from the former military parade ground discussed the history of the site, its architecture and the historic coal mines located there circa 1814. The walk finished at the Former Council Chambers at 55 Watt Street.

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