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Virtual Coquun-Hunter River Project Guide:  1921 - 1940

The Virtual Coquun-Hunter River Project is a collaborative endeavour begun in December 2000 which aims to create a digital repository of early accounts and descriptions of the Hunter Region.

Virtual Coquun-Hunter River Project

Chronological list of descriptive accounts of the Coquun - Hunter River Region: 1921 - 1940

1921 Bill Claridge

William Claridge’s memoirs explore his arrival in Newcastle from Bristol in 1921 with his parents and eight siblings, accounts of working life at the Lysaght steel mills, and the richness of the community known as Pommy Town. Pommy Town was the name given to the workers’ estate in Mayfield, centered around Avon, Vine, Usk and Bull Streets, built by steel manufacturer John Lysaght to house employees, and their families, of the steel mill. Thank you to the editor of the published work 'The Pommy Town Years: Memories of Mayfield and Other Tales of the Twenties', Dr Helen Macallan, Department of English and to Mr William Claridge's son, Mr George Claridge, for permission to scan the following pages describing the Hunter River and Shelley Beach from his original "Pommy Town" manuscript held in the ARBSC Unit.


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1922 Havelock Ellis

Ellis, Havelock, 1859-1939. Kanga Creek : an Australian idyll. Waltham Saint Lawrence, Berkshire : Golden Cockerel Press, 1922. AUCH - RB/COLL A823.2 ELLI-1 KANG 1922

Transcript of part of "Kanga Creek", Havelock Ellis, & notes on Sparkes Ck. & monument there [manuscript] / [written in the italic hand of Arch Gray] AUCH - RB/COLL GRAY A823.2 ELLI-2 GRAY


1923 Sunshine Family Visits Newcastle

Turner, Ethel, 1870-1958 The sunshine family : a book of nonsense for girls and boys by Ethel Turner & Jean Curlewis ; with over 150 illustrations by D.H. Souter and H. Bancks and others. London : Melbourne : Ward, Lock, 1923.

We have recently acquired this marvellous 1920's children's book called "The Sunshine Family" - about an eccentric country family who accidently spent their vacation at Newcastle and Maitland during the 'twenties'.


1925 Ellen Lane

This account comes from the Cultural Collections Unit's Mayfield Website. Mrs Ellen Lane grew up on the land now occupied by the Steel River Site, which was originally the site of John Laurio Platt's farm, mill and house, and was later sold to the A.A. Company in 1839. The company later built their manager's residence, known as Argyle House on the land. It was later sold to the Catholic Church who turned it into the Murray-Dwyer Orphanage. Mrs Lane's story is entitled As It Was and was written for her family as a remembrance of her childhood years growing up in this area of Mayfield with the beautiful Shelley Beach and the fishing culture of the Hunter River of the 1920s. Click here for Mrs Ellen Lane's "As It Was" Memories of Shelley Beach in the 1920s.


1927 Reginald William Thompson

Thompson, R. W. (Reginald William). Down under : an Australian odyssey. London : Duckworth, 1932. AUCH - RB/COLL 994.04 THOM


1930 North by North West

[opening pages refer to city and harbour]


1933 Jack Hamilton 'Nights Ashore

Hamilton, Jack, Captain. Nights ashore / by Jack Hamilton. Sydney : Endeavour Press, 1933. 270 p.


1935 Frank Dalby Davison

Davison, Frank Dalby, 1893-1970. Blue coast caravan / by Frank Dalby Davison and Brooke Nicholls. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1935.


1937 William Hatfield

Hatfield, William, 1892-1969. Australia through the windscreen. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, 1937. 3rd ed. Closed Stack - GREEN 919.4/33


1939 Frank Clune

Clune, Frank, 1893-1971. All aboard for Singapore : a trip by Qantas flying boat from Sydney to Malaya. Sydney : Angus and Robertson, [1941] Closed Stack-RED629.133347/C1[Newcastle and the Hunter estuary seen from a flying boat]

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