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Grave Matters - Superstitions & Funeral Customs of 1880's Australia

What traditions did our early pioneers bring with them regarding burying the dead? Why did women suffer the vapours? What are the meanings behind headstones? Superstitions and customs; which have survived? This informative two hours will take a historic look as to how important traditions bought to the new land of Australia influenced our final rest place in the local Cemetery. We will be looking directly at the different types of headstones and their meanings onsite at West... [More]

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Carrington Pub Walk

The character of Newcastle’s other overseas suburb has been shaped by its proximity to a busy, once very labour intensive Port of Newcastle. The area has hosted many industries based on the needsw of an operational port such as engineering, ship loading, power generation, transport and for a period, coal mining. Nothing reflects the “Hard Yakka” aspect of Carrington more than the number and names of its hotels. As we walk around with local historian Ed Tonks and researcher Renata... [More]

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Wallsend Pub Walk

The Watering Hole! Do you know how many pubs used to be in Wallsend or the meaning of "six o’clock swill" and "time gentleman please"? Renata Daniel and special quest Ed Tonks, Historian and author of No Bar To Time will take you on a slow walk through Wallsend exploring past and present Pub and Hotel sites. Pubs were the centre of early communities of Newcastle and everything centred around "the watering hole". Requirements: A medium health and fitness ability is required. Meet at... [More]

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