Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Workshop - Researching and Commemorating the ‘Spanish Flu’

We are hosting this session, based on a series of workshops conducted throughout NSW and sponsored by the Royal Australian Historical Society Inc

The pneumonic influenza or ‘Spanish flu’ pandemic that circled the world in 1918–19 left few communities untouched. Join us for this practical workshop, where we will review the bigger picture of the pandemic before considering how its impact might be commemorated locally. Participants will explore the value of local sites and collections in uncovering the flu’s personal, social and enduring effects. We will then turn to practical outcomes: how might you transform your research into stories relevant to your community? From monuments and walking tours to websites and booklets, use this workshop to map out practical projects for the centenary year of 2019. 

 The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Peter Hobbins, a medical historian at the University of Sydney and a Councillor of the Royal Australian Historical Society. His recent book, Stories from the Sandstone: Quarantine Inscriptions from Australia's Immigrant Past, won the NSW Community and Regional History Prize in the 2017 Premier's History Awards. 

Light refreshments will be available. Please note location is "behind" Fullerton St address on the Ballast Grounds. Signage will be visible for the event.

Book at: Eventbrite Booking Link or via email or phone Michelle: 0407 201184

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. http://www.historychannel.com.au/…/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!!