This photo came from Sean.
I do remember Hunter Street, although I am far too young for this photo.
Growing up, Newcastle was the North's big city. When I first went there from Armidale, I felt that it was such a big place!
Of course in population terms Newcastle is still a big place, But is somehow seems to have shrunk, to have lost its core identity. The suburbs stretch for miles, but the city center is flat.
Of course, this has happened in other places. I was in Armidale last weekend, and Beardy Street was almost deserted, squeezed by the shopping centers on each side. But, like Armidale, Newcastle has shrunk in public consciousness. This photo reminds us of when Newcastle was actually a big place.