Newcastle Walking Tours

Newcastle Walking Tours

Some very clever and lovely Novocastrians have created a series of fabulous, self-guided walks around the city. These have been prepared and written by David Hampton, one of the splendid people who make Newcastle Museum amazing. The audio of the walks has been recorded by a couple of very well-known …

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Newcastle Shoreline Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct.   Heavy Walk – 3hr / 3.2km Explore Newcastle’s maritime and surf culture through a self-guided walking tour of the city. With its spectacular harbour …

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Newcastle Architecture Walk

Free printed maps are available at the Newcastle Museum or the Visitor Information Centre located at the Maritime Centre both located in the Honeysuckle precinct. Newcastle Architecture Walking Tour Easy Walk – 1hr 30mins / 2.2km Explore Newcastle’s Architectural heritage through a self-guided walking tour of the city. The architecture …

Vale Tom Uren – the ‘conscience of Parliament’

Vale Tom Uren – the ‘conscience of Parliament’

Tom Uren lived an incredible life and I had the privilege of speaking with him in 2007 prior to his trip to Maitland to deliver the annual Harry Boyle Memorial Lecture for the National Trust. Tom served during WWII and witnessed the bombing of Hiroshima. He was a prisoner-of-war on …

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

Rob Hirst – The Sun Becomes The Sea

  Rob Hirst has a new solo album out – released under his own name instead of one of the innumerable musical units that he’s part of. The Midnight Oil drummer and songwriter celebrates his new songs with an unexpected collaboration with his artist daughter, Gabriella Hirst. Rob Hirst oozes …

Breaking the poverty cycle with education

Breaking the poverty cycle with education

Nearly 640,000 Australian children live in a ‘jobless’ family. These children are, on average, up to three years behind their peers in reading and maths by the time they’re 15 years of age. But this doesn’t have to be the case. HSC completion rates in lower socio-economic backgrounds are still …

Being a Muslim woman in Newcastle

After a recent visit to Newcastle’s Mosque I was invited to take my family to the Newcastle Eid al-Adha celebrations. I took the opportunity to try and bust a few myths about being a Muslim woman by asking a group of them to tell their own stories over vast quantities of cakes and sweets. Diana …

The Birdwood Flag

Gionni Di Gravio, archivist from the University of Newcastle describes the Birdwood Flag as a ‘big bag of confetti’. “It’s a bit of a shock when you first see it, but it’s thanks to Bronwyn Orrock that we knew about the Birdwood Flag. We knew of its existence but we’d …

Hugh Laurie. Some thoughts on the cult of celebrity.

Hugh Laurie. Some thoughts on the cult of celebrity.

I heard the click from somewhere behind me, followed by Hugh Laurie suddenly looking a bit pale and sick, “Oh god, don’t open the door! Don’t open the door!” He looked at me, I turned toward the source of the click and realised that one of the theatre staff had …

John Paul Young

John Paul Young

In 2012, John Paul Young is celebrating 40 years in the Australian music industry with both a solo tour and another turn in the massive Long Way To The Top concert production. John Paul Young was the child of one of the wave of British families that emigrated to Australia …