Thursday, October 09, 2008

Newcastle harbour c1900

This is a scan of a postcard from an album containing photograph and postcards of Newcastle, NSW. 1900-1945. The album is from the records of the Newcastle and Hunter District Historical Society which are held in the Archives of the University of Newcastle.

I have been looking around trying to find photos of Newcastle in the first years of the twentieth century.

This is the period before the first steel works, construction of which began in 1913.

From my viewpoint, I am fascinated by the differences across New England, as well as the similarities and linkages. Newcastle and the lower Hunter were always different from other parts of the North because of the area's industrial base. The sometimes troubled relationship between Newcastle and other parts of New England is one element in New England's history.

For a summary history of the Newcastle steel plant see here.

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