Newcastle's most notorious riot lives on in the lyrics of Cold Chisel's 1980 song, grainy YouTube videos and Novocastrian mythology. But beneath the still compelling images of surging crowds, hurled beer cans and flaming police cars was a radical intent that has been all but forgotten.
Radical Newcastle, edited by James Bennett, Nancy Cushing and Erik Eklund, reclaims stories of protest, dissent and fighting back. Resistance, Newcastle-style, can be seen in recollections of the 1890 Maritime Strike, the Rothbury miners' lockout of 1929, the fight to save the Mayfield pool, the recent battle for the Laman Street fig trees, 2013 Gold Walkley award winner Joanne McCarthy recounting her experience of exposing institutional child sexual abuse, and more.
This book brings together short essays for academics, local historians, journalists and present-day radicals to reveal the region's radical past, as well as its impact on present and future.
The Radical Newcastle Collective at Newcastle lighthouse