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Archives of the University of Newcastle:  Oral histories

The Archives of the University of Newcastle (1942+) encompass the archives of the University as well as the former Newcastle Teachers' College (1949+) (later the Hunter Institute of Higher Education) and the Newcastle Conservatorium of Music (1952).

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Oral Histories

The oral history tapes comprise some 150 sound recordings made within the University and include:

  • reminiscences of former Vice-Chancellors and early professors and staff
  • reminiscences of prize winning author and Writer-in-Residence Xavier Herbert, describing his long weary tramp during the 1930's depression through Newcastle and Maitland
  • eyewitness accounts of the Japanese shelling of Newcastle in 1942 (a University Radio Station tape)
  • the sound (or noise) of the Newcastle Earthquake in 1989, with the sound of the swaying Cathedral bells (recorded, as it happened, on the Dictaphone of Clinical Professor Gordon Kerridge).

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