Monday, June 8, 2009
NATIONAL TRUST "HERITAGE AT RISK PROGRAM"
The National Trust NSW has recently nominated three site in NSW to the national "Heritage at Risk Program". One of the nominations includes the Newcastle Government House and Domain, incorporating the James Fletcher Hospital that dates from the early 1800s and is threatened with unsympathetic redevelopment. The recent demolition of Kirkwood House by a Government authority without prior warning confirms the urgency in protecting this historic site.Only two buildings on the site are on the State Heritage Register. This Nationally significant area has links with convictism and colonialism, growth and development of Australian industry and economy. It is important that the cultural landscape of this area are fully acknowledged and placed on the State Heritage Register.