Monday, 9 January 2017

Stockton to Feature on Coast Australia - 16 Jan 2017 on The History Channel

From Hunter Living Histories:

Newcastle and Stockton's history will feature in the new 2017 Season 3 of Coast Australia on the History Channel. The episode Hawkesbury – Lord Howe NSW will be broadcast January 16th 2017 at 7.30pm.…/coast-australia-season-3/

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Paws to the Pavement Fundraiser

Paws to the Pavement is a major fundraising event for the Stockton Historical Society (and other Stockton community groups). This doggie walk is a great way to exercise your pet while taking in some fantastic views and learning some of the interesting history of Stockton. The route start and finish at the Stockton Pool with the walk going along a 3km loop of Stockton Foreshore. There will be a doggie market held at the start/finish line selling a variety of doggie related products.

To register and for route details: visit the Paws to the Pavement webpage.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Future of Stockton Tank Traps

We've had a number of enquiries from members of the public about the future of the large number of tank traps currently residing on Dalby Oval.
We have been in contact with the Council and they are very aware that there is strong community interest in the future of the tank traps. Council will provide updates through its various communication channels.
If you have suggestions for their possible future use, please leave a comment below or on our Facebook page. Please share this message to anyone or group you think might be interested.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

August is National Family History Month!!

National History Month is an initiative of AFFHO (Australasian Federation of Family History Organisations). As part of this month long event, we are holding a series of free and paid events aimed at getting people started on their family history journey or researching specific topics. We are also holding a historical walk along the southern foreshore (near the ferry) which will be a family friendly event (PokemonGo for the kids). If you are interested in coming along to the events, please contact us to book a place (even for the free events!!).

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us!! Download the printable schedule.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Guest Speaker - Ed Tonks and his new book on Newcastle pubs, No Bar to Time

We are delighted to be hosting local historian Ed Tonks, to talk about the fascinating history of local pubs, as featured in his new book, No Bar to Time.

Ed will be speaking at our April meeting - 18th April, 2016 at  7.30pm. Visitors are welcome. Light refreshments will be served.

And on a personal note, I think this is one of the best looking local history books I've ever seen! Great content and great visuals. A winner!!

Monday, 7 March 2016

House Names

As you walk around Stockton, you will often see houses with names. Prior to the 1920's, Stockton didn't have house numbers. But many houses had names. Trying to align a number with a name is often difficult as there is no record that lists both. We often get questions about where peoples ancestors lived, but we can't really help because we can't align a house name with a house number. Can you help? Do you know of a house with a name? Please feel free to list a house name and it's corresponding number and street in the comments below. As houses are sold and renovated, this important information can disappear as house names are removed or replaced with new ones.

In the picture below, 119 Mitchell St is also known as Carlisle. But before 1925 it was known as Au Revoir. Prior to 1925 the section of Mitchell St which the house sits on was called Carlisle St. Au Revoir perhaps was named to reflect the French speaking background of Captain Hocquard, originally from the Channel Island of Jersey. After the street was renamed, was the house renamed to keep the memory alive?

  • 100 Mitchell St - Montrose
  • 110 Mitchell St - Dowlais
  • Carlisle St - Au Revoir - HOCQUARD
  • 119 Mitchell St - Carlisle - HOCQUARD
  • 131 Mitchell St - Coventry
  • 147 Mitchell St - Westward Ho! - DALTON
  • 203 Mitchell St - Anglegate
  • 74 Maitland St - Holmebank
  • Kingston - Maitland St
  • Allamba - Hereford St