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Newcastle and the Hunter at War Symposium

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Newcastle, NSW 2300

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Newcastle and the Hunter has a long association of sustained involvement with almost all facets of Australian military and war history. From warfare between white settlers and Indigenous peoples in colonial times to contemporary air power doctrine, the Hunter region has been a part of it all. Yet it is the experiences of cities such as Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane that tend to dominate Australian histories of war.

The Newcastle and Hunter at War Symposium addresses this imbalance by shedding light on the contribution, experience, and legacy of war in Newcastle, a traditionally working-class industrial hub. The symposium brings together renowned University of Newcastle academics, postgraduate students and community historians to explore the region’s rich and diverse military history and heritage. Topics to be addressed at the symposium include:

  • frontier conflict;
  • colonial defence, Fort Scratchley and Hunter men in the Boer War;
  • the experiences of local soldiers on the Western Front;
  • the conscription debates;
  • Stockton’s Dinkum Girls;
  • the transition of Newcastle’s industry for total war;
  • Novocastrians in New Guinea;
  • the Portuguese Timor evacuee camp in Port Stephens;
  • American servicemen in the Hunter;
  • the campaign against the Vietnam War in Newcastle;
  • the region’s significance as a defence hub;
  • and the learning experiences of local tertiary students touring the Western Front battlefields a century on.

Light refreshments will be provided throughout the day, but attendees eager for a more substantial lunch are welcome to take advantage of the numerous cafes and restaurants close by on Honeysuckle Drive or Hunter Street.

Please register by Friday 3 November for catering purposes.

The symposium organisers acknowledge the generous support of University of Newcastle Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Kevin Hall, and the Global Newcastle Research Network. Lead image courtesy of Cultural Collections, University of Newcastle.

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