People and Place
PEOPLE AND PLACE | COAL AND COMMUNITY
Exhibition dates: 24 July to 24 August
Opening: Friday 2 August from 5pm
Many of the towns and cities within the greater Hunter region owe their foundations and their economies to the coal industry. From the first discovery of coal in Newcastle in 1797, it has shaped the growth of our landscape as it has shaped our communities.
People and Place | Coal and Community assembles historical images from the University's Cultural Collections along with several other important collections of archives and private material, on the coal community, its people and their place. With thousands of early photographs and records, images from this living archive present photographs, maps and artefacts that describe in captivating detail the way in which we have lived and worked in the Hunter since its very beginnings. Tracing its originas back to 1843 and J&A Brown's Four Mile Creek mine near East Maitland, Coal & Allied has been making a significant contribution to the Hunter Valley community for many generations.
An illustrated book of the exhibition will be available for purchase. A comprehensive website has been developed by the University of Newcastle's Library through its Cultural Collections, to which the public are invited to add information. This rich and diverse archive of material also provides educational resources for teachers and students. Please visit www.coalandcommunity.com
The exhibition will be opened on Friday 2 August at 5pm by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Caroline McMillen and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic) Andrew Parfitt. Entry is free - all welcome.
This project has been made possible thanks to a grant from the Coal & Allied Community Development Fund.