Sunday, September 30, 2012

Spendour in the Park-Public Meeting 29th August 2012

A public meeting was held to raise the profile of King Edward Park and its environs, the Obelisk, Arcadia Park and the Headland Reserve. The public meeting will inform the community on the vulnerability of these parks and confirm their immense public value. The recent State Heritage nomination was prompted because of concerns that the cultural heritage values of the park were not properly considered when a function centre was proposed at King Edward Headland Reserve.

Distinguished speakers will include architects, Richard Le Plastrier and Peter Stutchbury; Heritage advocates, Gionni di Gravio and Ann Hardy, while John Lewer from the Friends of King Edward Park Inc. will outline public action so far. Together, they will present an overview of the community’s vitally important public open spaces, the heritage, the history, and the essential need for public participation.

The National Trust of Australia (NSW) supports the recent nomination to have King Edward Park included on the State Heritage Register.

“We welcome the public meeting to encourage the local community to be involved in a discussion about saving the cultural heritage of parklands. The public have enjoyed King Edward Park for well over a century, it is a special place for the people of New South Wales”, said Ann Hardy, Board Member, National Trust of Australia (NSW).
King Edward Park is associated with the Aboriginal dreamtime story of Yi-ran-na-li and the sheep pastures of the early colonial settlement. Today, this unique coastal area has features of Victorian era parkland and has retained much of its nineteenth century qualities.

“The park's significance is its largely underdeveloped coastal landscape, allowing for open public recreation”, said Ann Hardy.

An independent chairperson will conduct the meeting and will open it to general discussion and questions from the floor.

The public meeting is an opportunity to shape Government policy on the use of Public Reserves. It is intended that a strong public resolution will be passed to political decision makers, influencing their attitudes to future development of these invaluable and irreplaceable public open spaces.

Introduction- Dr John Lewer

Mr Gionni di Gravio- The Origins of King Edward Park Recreation Reserve Newcastle

Public Discussion- Spendour in the Park

Thursday, April 26, 2012

FORUM National Trust Innovation and Invention 2012

'National Trust Innovation and Invention in the Hunter Forum 2012' video has now been uploaded thanks to support from the University of Newcastle's Coal River Working Party.

This Forum was a celebration of the people and institutions which have helped and continue to help shape the region.
The Event was held in the Newcastle Town Hall on the 19th April 2012, and organised by the Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust of Australia.
Speakers included:
- Dr Bernie Curran, Executive Officer, University of Newcastle Foundation facilitated the event.

- Dr Betty Capper, former nurse, now historian, on the period of innovation and change at Royal Newcastle Hospital in the McCaffrey era of the 1950s and 60s.

- Professor Emeritus John Hamilton, OBE, former Dean of the Faulty of Science and Health at University of Newcastle on recent innovation and future directions in medical science in the Hunter.

- Dr. Philip Pollard architect and former planner at the University of Newcastle on innovative buildings and landscaping on the University campus

- Mr Peter Stevens – spoke on Scoping Useful Principles

- Mr Bill Jordan, Fellow of the Institution of Engineers (Australia) on Newcastle’s engineering and industrial history of innovation and adaptation.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

National Trust-Heritage Festival, INNOVATION + INVENTION 2012

Catherine Hill Bay Progress Association
Catherine Hill Bay Jetty
A two-hour walking tour, starting at Catherine Hill Bay Jetty, will include historians discussing the role of the Jetty in the history of mining in historic Catherine Hill Bay.
Sat 14 April 2pm - 4pm
Bookings Essential: 02 4976 2310

Newcastle Studio Potters Inc
Tiles Tell Tales
Back to Back Galleries, 57 Bull Street
2012 is the 20th anniversary of the Gallery. Ceramic artists have been invited to participate in an exhibition of ceramic tiles celebrating the story of the gallery - our heritage
20 April - 6 May 11am to 5pm Fri, Sat, Sun with opening at 6pm 20 April.

Friends of the Regal
Remembering the Regal
Jesmond Neighbourhood Centre, 44 Mordue Parade
As we approach the long-awaited reopening of the Regal Theatre , cinema enthusiast David Griffin ,recalls the people and events that created the cinema, and celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Heaton and Birmingham Gardens Community. Hall. Sat 21 April 7pm - 10pm
Entry by donation. Refreshments.
Bookings Essential: 02 4951 1611

Newcastle Family History Society Inc.
Back to Basics Course
Lambton Mechanics Institute, 68 Elder Street
Beginning family history research; resources available locally and elsewhere
Sat 14 April 10.30am - 11.30am
Bookings Essential: 02 4957 8296

Newcastle Family History Society Inc.Open Day
Lambton Mechanics Institute, 68 Elder Street
All library resources available;members available to help with enquiries.
Sat 21 April 9am - 4pm

Friends of Grossmann House
Amazing Bees - JW & WS Pender
Brough House, 65 Church Street
Celebrate the amazing story of Pender Bros. who became the largest beekeeping equipment manufacturers and suppliers in the Southern Hemisphere.Talks by apiarists and others and an exhibition of historical beekeeping equipment courtesy of the Powerhouse Museum.
21 & 22 April 10am - 3pm
NT Members $10 / Adults $12 and includes Morning tea
Bookings Essential: 02 4933 4450 or 02 4933 6452
Local apiarists and beekeeping equipment will be on display over the weekend of 28/29th April (Steamfest)

Hunter Regional Committee of the National Trust
Forum and Q and A: “Innovation and Invention in the Hunter”
Newcastle City Hall, Hunter Room
The Hunter region has a rich heritage of creativity and adaptation. Come and share in a discussion with guest speakers in areas in which the Hunter has excelled, such as industry, health and architecture.
Thurs 19 April 7pm - 9pm
$15 entry .$10 NT members. Refreshments included
Bookings Essential: 02 4927 5135 or

Architecture, Art and Artefacts
University of Newcastle
Architect – guided tour of innovative architecture and landscaping on the University of Newcastle campus. Meet at the forecourt of the Great Hall .Includes visit to the Senta – Taft – Hendry Museum of Aboriginal, Torres Strait Island and Melanesian artefacts and refreshments at the University of Newcastle Gallery .
Saturday 21 April, 2-4pm
Cost : $15 $10 NT members
Bookings Essential: 02 4927 5135 or

Hunter Regional Committee of the National TrustHeritage Walk: Innovation and Use of the Government Domain
James Fletcher Hospital, Watt Street - Meet at main gates. Join us for a tour through this former Government Domain
and historic military site (1843) that has been innovatively used as a home to numerous institutions. Tour includes a delicious morning tea at Monets in the former military hospital.
Thurs 26 April 9.30am - 11.30am
$20 NT members $15
Bookings Essential: 0438 509 139

Miss Porter’s HouseOpen Day for Heritage Festival
Miss Porter’s House, 434 King Street, Newcastle
The only National Trust owned property in Newcastle.The house and garden are an amazing record of the lives of the Porter family since1910. The house was bequeathed to the National Trust by Miss Hazel Porter in 1997.
Sat 21 April 10am - 4pm
NT Members Free / Adults $7 / Concessions $5 / Family $20
Enquiries: 02 4952 9376

Miss Porter’s HouseWalking Tour of Miss Porter’s Neighbourhood
Explore some of the buildings of Newcastle West that were the very latest thing when Hazel Porter and her sister Ella were growing up there. Finish the tour with afternoon tea in a nearby cafe. Inspection of Miss Porter’s House is not included in the tour. Tour led by Dr Roland Bannister.
Sat 28 April 2pm - 3.30pm
$15 (afternoon tea not included)
Bookings Essential: 02 4967 4273

The Lock UpArt of Ideas - Art Exhibition
John Paynter Gallery, The Lock Up, 90 Hunter Street, Newcastle
An exhibition of local invited artists who are interpreting ‘innovation and invention’ in Newcastle and the Hunter. A variety of media will be exhibited including paintings, prints, photographs and sculpture. The exhibition will be opened at 6.30pm, Friday 13 April 2012.
Gallery open 7 - 22 April Wednesday to Sunday 10am - 4pm
Enquiries: 0438 509 139

LEMON TREE PASSAGEPort Stephens Family History Society Inc.
Henry F Halloran in Port Stephens; The Legacy Old School Centre, Kenneth Pde
Join this self drive & walking tour of Tanilba Bay Heritage Precinct featuring the enduring legacy Henry F Halloran gave to the people of Port Stephens. His innovative ‘garden city’ sub divisions & his extensive pseudo convict stonework constructions.BYO picnic lunch on conclusion of tour.
Tues 24 April 11am - 1pm
Cost :$5.Enquiries : 49823587

Port Stephens Historical SocietyHistorical Photograph Exhibition
Tomaree Library & Community Centre, Town Circuit
All facets of Port Stephens History will be displayed in an all day exhibition, showing places, homes, events, people and much more.
Wed 18th April 10am - 4pm
Cost : $2
Enquiries: 4981 2840 or 49823587

Port Stephens Historical SocietyHeritage Treasures of the Bay
Tomaree Library & Community Centre, Town Circuit
Historical Talk– Our Best Kept Secrets. Heritage Treasures of the Bay. The talk will highlight to the community and Tourism industry the importance of our historic and heritage site. Afternoon tea. Fri 20th April 2pm - 3.30pm
Cost :$2
Bookings Essential: 4981 2840 or 49823587

Tomago House, Tomago Road, Tomago
If you haven’t yet visited this magnificent National Trust property, Tomago House, come and enjoy the historic house, furnishings and gardens .
Entry $4 NT members free, concessions $3. Delicious sandwiches and Devonshire teas available for only $8.
Open every Sunday 10.30am – 3.30 pm