ABC Newcastle's Local Treasures began as a radio segment with Carol Duncan which featured stories of our people, our places, items of significance, historical sites and contemporary news.
What are the elusive elements that make a place 'home'?
Australia's cities and towns have innumerable Local Treasures. Some are obvious, some are not. And some have been closed to the public for decades.
The aim of 1233's Local Treasures was to shine a light on stories old and new that may well be a secret kept for generations, or a story that may be of significance in the future, and to continue to build an archive of stories that can be easily accessed and added to.
Newcastle's European history dates back to 1797 when the area was discovered to be rich in resources essential to a growing convict colony - cedar, coal and lime - all easily accessed from a safe harbour. At least, the harbour was safe once your ship was berthed within it. Newcastle's coastline is also scattered with hundreds of shipwrecks, some of which are still visible today and others who have given their names to parts of our coastline.
The city's Aboriginal heritage dates back tens of thousands of years in a region rich with stories and significant sites of Australia's first people. We encourage all of the region's people to offer their knowledge and experiences to the Local Treasures project.
The history of Newcastle and surrounds includes shipping, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, music, art, sport - and we've been lucky to experience great success in all of those areas, as well as times of great difficulty, but Novocastrians pride themselves on resilience and there is always something to look forward to.
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