The Macquarie Show draws ever closer, like a squadron of Stukas or an oncoming Newcastle Flyer. The exhibition continues to be a fantastic distraction from considerably more important things, as a result today was spent screen printing rather than writing about the Hornby Trains art department during the 1920s and 1930s. The works I am providing focus on Newcastle and its dramatic and tragic maritime history. Among many other examples of public works Macquarie was responsible for initiating the first attempt to build a break wall out to what is now called Nobbys headland. Entering Newcastle harbour continued to be a hugely dangerous task even after the break wall was finished; with resulting shipwrecks still haunting the harbour mouth and local churchyards.
This one is about coal, if that helps…
Macquarie also commissioned the colony’s first Lighthouse. This is it.
Newcastle’s maritime history is a compelling if often very sad place. I don’t think my works capture this quite yet (especially not the one of old Mac giving the thumbs up). Maybe they are interesting enough to make you want to learn a little bit more.I suggest you go and visit the Maritime centre in Honeysuckle, and after that take a trip on the ferry across to Stockton and go for a walk on the break wall. It’s worth a look.
If you don’t like salt air or going outside give this a read: http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/spalding1/Cawarra%20Wreck.htm
It’ll give you a fairly good idea of what I’m talking about.