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Theatrical and Cinema Archives in the Hunter Region

Gionni DiGravio is the University Archivist at the University of Newcastle

All images reproduced courtesy of University of Newcastle Library Cultural Collections

Poster from Graceson Theatre Swansea
Poster from the Graceson Theatre Swansea

Theatrical and Cinema Archives in the Hunter Region

Cultural Collections in the University of Newcastle Auchmuty Library holds records relating to the history of theatre and cinema in the Hunter Region. Whilst not a distinct collection as such, but rather a component of many separate collections that have been deposited with us, we hold quite a variety of material ranging from large format plans, photographs, set and stage designs, posters e.g., blueprints for Herbert’s Picture Theatre in Islington (1928-1929), Graceson Theatre, Swansea (c1910), and James Henderson’s designs for a theatre in Union St. (1914). We also hold theatrical archives including play scripts, minute books, correspondence, hand bills and ephemera. Histories – both written and oral, and news clippings/cuttings books e.g., from the University Drama Department and Newcastle and Hunter valley Theatre (c1970s-1980s).

Highlights include:

HUGO, Ursula., Drama IV thesis, University of Newcastle : Background to Newcastle and its theatrical scene before the opening of the Victoria Theatre. This excellent piece of research (1979) on Newcastle’s early theatres is held in Newcastle University Archives, (A5582).

HEWETT, E.F., Newcastle Engineer-Architect, about 1928 prepared plans for a cinema in Islington, Newcastle for its proprietor W. Herbert. Both the cinema building and its plans still survive, the latter being held in Newcastle University Archives, (M1000 – M1052).

M1048 Hebert's Theatre Islington

M1048 Hebert's Theatre Islington

M1048 Herbert's Theatre Islington

M1048 Herbert's Theatre Islington

M1049 Herbert's Theatre Islington

M1049 Herbert's Theatre Islington

M1049 Herbert's Theatre Islington

M1049 Herbert's Theatre Islington

HENDERSON, James, Newcastle Architect, in 1914 prepared plans for an elaborate theatre in Union Street, Newcastle, for a client named Robert Hollyford. Although the theatre was never built, the plans (6 sheets) have survived and are held in Newcastle University Archives, (M2453 – M2458).

ZOLI, (Charles A.), Enterprises in 1923 set up the ‘Marquee Theatre’ near Newcastle Beach and there staged a humorous review program entitled ‘Splashes of 1923’. A copy of the program, with notes on the performers, is held in Newcastle University Archives.

The GLASS and MORRISON family of Singleton operated an ironmongery store, and adjacent to the store conducted an early cinema, the ‘Lyrique Gardens’. The cinema records (which are incomplete) are held in Newcastle University Archives.

THE GRACESON THEATRE, Swansea, archives begin in the year 1913 and include an interesting accumulation of records from a seaside cinema: equipment catalogues, production manuals, cinema periodicals, advertising slides, admission tickets, phonodisk records, as well as correspondence, wages book, specifications and plan.

HARRY ARMSTRONG managed the Hoyts chain of cinemas in Newcastle in the years long before television and in 1979 produced a most amusing set of reminiscences Not Stranger than Fiction – A sort of Autobiography. Armstrong’s Autobiography describes well the problems that beset a cinema manager – like the rat plague that invaded the old Century Theatre at Broadmeadow.

SUN NEWSPAPERS LTD published an afternoon newspaper in Newcastle for many years, providing leisure-time reading, e.g. fashion, sport, local news. There is a very extensive collection of the paper’s business records in Newcastle University Archives for the years 1916-1935.

A listing of our THEATRICAL AND CINEMA related archival holdings is listed below:

GALBRAITH, LARRY: Arts Undergraduate, University of Newcastle:
Received June, 1975.

A5036 (part) Copies of play scripts including:

Goodwill on earth: peace in all men: a celestial musical; Centuri!; Assembliana: a comic opera; The Shop: a play for television; Draft for episode of Homicide; Alladin: pantomime; The Chase; The Memoirs of George Albert Archbold III.

A5037 Mal; Mistaken Encounter; The Pub; Citizens of Planet 10; The Greeks had a word for it; Margo; Private Laughter; Something to dance about.; Vacant; Various stage designs; Accounts of the University of Newcastle student players; Papers relating to Union debates.

THE NEW THEATRE, THE DUNGEON, Newcastle Trades Hall:

A5178 – A5182 Play scripts, c.1950 – c.1970.
A5183 Minute book, 1958 – 1964; set and costume designs; sundry printed material.’

Costume Designs for Reedy River

Costume Designs for Reedy River

A5183 "The Marriage" Watercolour sketches for the characters of Omelet, Sevakin & Anutchkin

A5183 "The Marriage" Watercolour sketches for the characters of Omelet, Sevakin & Anutchkin

Set Design, Act III Unidentified Production

Set Design, Act III Unidentified Production

Flyer for "The Crucible"

Flyer for "The Crucible"

NEWCASTLE DRAMATIC ART CLUB, (“Roxy Theatre”), Hamilton:

A5198 – A5199 Correspondence, 1954 – 1972; Theatre programmes collected by the President, C. Chapman, c.1910 – 1975.

HUNTER VALLEY THEATRE COMPANY:

A5397 (xi) Fund appeal pamphlet, [April, 1978]. Cabaret: a musical in two acts, [programme, March 22nd, 1979].

TRINITY THEATRE, Newcastle:

A5423 (i) Minute book, 1973 – 1976.
A5423 (ii) Inward correspondence, 1973 – 1976.
A5423 (iii) Outward correspondence, 1973 – 1976.
A5424 (i) Correspondence and papers, 1973 – 1976 [including a photocopy of a plan of the Arts/Drama Theatre, University of Newcastle].
A5424 (ii) Reports to the Board on Richard II, Murder in the Cathedral, The Way of the Cross, Who’s afraid of Virginia Wolf, 1974 – 1975.
A5424 (iii) Aims and objectives [typed] and audition and membership forms.
A5424 (iv) Publicity and press clipping files, 1973 – 1976. [5 bundles].
A5424 (v) Newsletter, 1973 – 1976.
A5424 (vi) Programmes and Newcastle Morning Herald reviews, 1973 – 1976.
A5424 (vii) Lists of schools.
A5424 (viii) Information for cast, 1973 – 1976. [Typed sheets].

GRACESON THEATRE, Swansea, N.S.W:

Victor Ice Cream Slide

Victor Ice Cream Slide

Mustdie Pest Control Advertisement

Mustdie Pest Control Advertisement

A5425 (i) Letter relating to Astros Theatre, Merriwa from T.J. Dobinson and Sons, April 24th, 1940.
A5425 (ii) Wages book, 1913 – 1914.
A5425 (iii) Specifications, plan and related correspondence of Graceson Theatre, April 1937.
A5425 (iv) Four rolls of admission tickets and one bundle of passes.
A5425 (v) Box of glass slides.
A5425 (vi) Rubber stamp.

Printed material including:

A5426 (i) The Exhibitor and Film Weekly, 1943 – 1951.
A5426 (ii) Cinema equipment catalogues, 1927 – 1939.
A5426 (iii) Publicity pamphlets and posters, c.1944.
A5427 (i) The Bioscope, 1929.
A5427 (ii) Photoplayer, August 19th, 1950.
A5427 (iii) Everyones, May 9th, 1923.
A5427 (iv) Motion picture herald, March 22nd, 1952.
A5427 (v) Cameron, James R. Motion picture projection, by J.R. Cameron, 4th edition, New York, Cameron, 1928. [Book]; Motion picture projection and sound pictures, by J.R. Cameron, Woodmont, Conn., Cameron, 1933. [Book].
A5428 (i) Notice.
A5428 (ii) Lions roar, August, 1945, May, 1946.
A5428 (iii) 16 Phonodisc records.

JAMES FAMILY, Wickham: Printed material including:

A5496 (v) Theatre Magazine, July 1st, 1913, June 19th, 1919, Cinesound News, August 31st, 1929.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – AUCHMUTY LIBRARY:

A5581 (viii) (part) The play, Three Sisters, November, 1978. Popular Theatre Troupe, 1979.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – SECRETARY’S DIVISION – PUBLICATIONS AND PUBLICITY OFFICER – J. ARMSTRONG:

A5622 (x) (part) University of Newcastle Arts/Drama Theatre. [Architectural details and plans.] [Pamphlet - two copies - n.d.]

ZOLI (CHARLES A. ENTERPRISES):

A5625 (ii) Xerox copy of programme for Splashes of 1923: a play held in The Marquee Theatre, Telford Street, Newcastle, February 10th, 1923, by Charles A. Zoli Enterprises. (Donated by Mr. Frank Van Straten, Archivist, Museum of Performing Arts, Melbourne.)

DELAMOTTE, JEAN-PAUL [Former staff member, French Department, University of Newcastle]:

A5625 (iv) (part) L’Association Francaise Des Cinemas D’art et D’essai

Semaine du cinema Australien 1979.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – SECRETARY’S DIVISION – PRINTER – R. REYNOLDS:

Planner’s Division publications:

A5657 a (ix) The University of Newcastle Arts/Drama Theatre. [n.d.]
A5673 (xii) Printed papers relating to the Arts Drama Theatre, Fine Arts and Music, including a list of Australian Academics interested in Fine Arts, 1976 – 1978.

CIVIC THEATRE, Newcastle:

A5704 (ii) Theatre tickets for the performance of Coal River: a choral symphony, November 16, 1979. [Performance commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Civic Theatre.

Coal River Theatre Tickets

Coal River Theatre Tickets

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – DRAMA DEPARTMENT:

A5885 (iv) A toast to Melba, by Hack Hibberd, theatre ticket, March 19th, 1980.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – CONVOCATION:

A5886 (iv) (part) Convocation members night programme for performance of Kodachrome Ketchup and Pantechnicon by the Hunter Valley Theatre Company, June 28th, 1977.

PAGE, IRWIN:

A5930 (i) (part) Playscript: Inquest on an Army Officer.
A5930 (v) Concert programmes, 1927 – 1964. [Victoria Theatre, Newcastle – programme Grand Opera season 1928 – 1929.]

FACULTY OF MEDICINE – DIVISION OF BEHAVIOURAL SCIENCE IN MEDICINE – PROFESSOR P.A. VINSON: [Files transferred to Archives, August 1981.]

A5958 (iii) – (vii) (part) Hunter Valley Theatre Company, 1976.

SEAWARD FAMILY, Scone: Printed material:

A5970 (ii) Theatre programmes, 1884 – 1888.
A5970 (ii) Programme for moving picture Becky Sharp. [Supposed to be the first full length moving picture in colour.]

[FULLER’S] VICTORIA THEATRE, Newcastle:

A5979 (iii) Fuller news with programme for The Baby Cyclone: a farcial comedy in three acts, April 6th, 1929. (Donated by the Archivist, Victorian Arts Centre Trust, Melbourne.)
Publicity leaflet for Fire Brigade benefit concert, April 5th, 1880s?

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – ADMINISTRATION – SECRETARY’S DIVISION – PRINTER: Printed material:

A6042 (x) Drama Department and Hunter Valley Theatre Company programme for a one-week non-residential school for young people, January 14 – 18, 1980.
A6042 (xiii) Newcastle Film Society 1980 season programme.

PURDUE, FRANK OUTEN JENSEN – LORD MAYOR OF NEWCASTLE:

A6196 (iv) (part) Newcastle Dramatic Art Club souvenir brochures to commemorate the opening of the Roxy Theatre, Hamilton, October 14th, 1955.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – DRAMA THEATRE:

A6319 (i) Ticket for A toast to Melba by Jack Hibbard, March, 1980.

STEVENS FAMILY:

A6344 Collection of theatre programmes and journals, 1917 – 1957.
A6345 Collection of theatre programmes and journals, 1926 – 1960.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – VICE-CHANCELLOR’S UNIT – FIRST VICE-CHANCELLOR – PROFESSOR J.J. AUCHMUTY:

A6378 (lxxi) Theatre programme, 1963.

YOUNG PEOPLE’S THEATRE: (Donated by Dr. Alan Barcan):

A6573 Constitution, correspondence, minutes, grants, photographs and plan, 1964 – 1983.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – CHEMISTRY DEPARTMENT – H.R. TIETZE:

A6574 (i) (part) Revue programmes and drama programmes: Under Milkwood, by Dylan Thomas, 1954; The third degree, 1959; Faux Pas, 1961; In time out, 1962; 8 + 2, 1962; Blue pencil, [n.d.]; Le Bourgeois Gentil Homme, produced by Professor K.R. Dutton.

VICTORIA THEATRE:

A6575 (i) Press clipping book, 1914 – 1915. (Donated by Mary Rabbitt).
AUSTRALIAN THEATRE HISTORICAL SOCIETY:

A6923 (iv) Kino [journal], containing an article on earthquake damage to Newcastle Theatres in the earthquake, 28th December, 1989, including the RSL Club – former Kings Theatre, The Century at Broadmeadow, Kings Music Hall at Lambton, The Lyrique, Regent at Islington, Hoyts Royal Twin, Everyone’s Theatre at Carrington, Cameo at New Lambton, Savoy at New Lambton [Community Centre], March, 1990. No. 31.

STAR THEATRE, CARDIFF: (Donated by Allan Walla.)

A6923 (v) Photographs [1950s]: The Theatre, Aub Seaward, Ken Walla, Allan Walla.

CORK, KEVEN:

A6923 (vi) Typescript on The Union Picture Theatre, Union Street, Newcastle, 1910 – 1931 and Pavilion Moving Theatre (live Theatre), 1913 – 1916 – both located on Arnott’s Biscuit Factory paddock.

Castle Theatre, 1920 – 1924 and Crystal Palace Dance Hall, 1927.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – ENGLISH DEPARTMENT – DEAN OF FACULTY OF ARTS – PROFESSOR J.F. BURROWS:

A6987 (iv) The Australian Elizabethan Theatre Trust Annual Report 1968.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – RADIO STATION 2NUR-FM – ALISON COOK: (November, 1993)

A7344 (ii) Radio Drama – The NUR Theatre – includes catalogue of some radio programmes broadcast from Sydney University, 1979, 1981, 1979 – 1988.

HUNTER INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION – ENGLISH DEPARTMENT – JOHN ROBSON:

A7482 (i)-(xvi) Files of newsclippings and correspondence relating to the Australian theatre of the 1970s, 1972 – 1979.
A7482 (xvii) Small collection of photographs of Australian plays of the 1970s, 1971 – 1979.

ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF NEWCASTLE – CANON CARLOS STRETCH [Son of Bishop John Francis Stretch]: (Deposited by Helen Pankhurst.), [Accessioned by Mrs. Josie Stevenson, 1999.]:

A7738 (i) Box “Patent Lock-Clip file” contains clippings & items, inter alia:

Theatre programme for David Copperfield. Made into a play by Louis N. Parker. Christmas production at Her Majesty’s Theatre, 1914. Price 6d. Details of cast, music programme and production shown.

THE SCHOLEY AND UPFOLD FAMILY PAPERS OF MRS MARION FAULKNER: [Received: April, 2001.] [Accessioned 10 - 17 May, 2001 by Gionni di Gravio.]

A7766 (ii) Newsclipping book (given to Marion Scholey Faulkner by Agnes Scholey) including clippings, plans and documents relating to land sales, company balance sheets and reports, Victoria Theatre, Waratah, coal mining interests, Maitland, William Arnott, Cathedral cemetery, Bishops, June, 1898 – March, 1908.

PENDER FAMILY, Maitland – SPECIFICATIONS: (Conduit: Mrs. Winsome Pender) [Received May 2000] [Accessioned May, 2002].

A7781/607 – Picture Theatre East Maitland for L. Prince Esq. 18.11.15 W.H. Pender
A7781/608 – Roofing Exposed Portion Picture Theatre East Maitland for L. Prince Esq. 28.2.16 W.H. Pender
A7784/800 – Re-Conditioning the Strand Picture Theatre at Singleton 7.9.33 (Tenders close 1st Sept) W.H. Pender
A7784/806 – Ladies Retiring Room at Maitland Picture Palace for the Maitland Theatre Co. Ltd. 1.5.34 W.H. Pender

LITTLE, WARDLOW REV. (Conduit): [Received: 2003].

A7791(i) Theatre programs for The Messiah, 1923 ; Program (1 p.) of Funeral Rites for Friedrich III, Deutscher Kaiser, 24 Juni, 1888.

BEQUESTS – BRAWN, LESLIE HAROLD: [Two consignments of personal papers, legal documents, photographs and artefacts received November 1998 and May 2002] [Accessioned November 2005 GDG]

A7805(iv) Photographs: Early theatrical production with Gladys Marguerite Butler, c.1910.

Early Theatrical Production Featuring Gladys Marguerite Butler, c.1910

Early Theatrical Production Featuring Gladys Marguerite Butler, c.1910

Early Theatrical Production Featuring Gladys Marguerite Butler, c.1910

Early Theatrical Production Featuring Gladys Marguerite Butler, c.1910

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Early Theatrical Production Featuring Gladys Marguerite Butler, c.1910

HUNTER INSTITUTE OF HIGHER EDUCATION – DR. JESS DYCE: [Accessioned: December, 1996.]

Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Annotated Booklet)

Our Town by Thornton Wilder (Annotated Booklet)

A7951 (iv) Regulations for Diploma in Dramatic Art, 1957 – 1958.
A7951 (v) Journal of time spent in London, includes theatre programs, invites, letters, newsclippings, 1958 – 1959.
A7951 (vii) Newcastle Teachers College Drama Club programs and reviews, 1961 – 1975.
A7951 (ix) Pamphlets advertising WEA drama courses, 1962 – 1965.
A7952 (ii) Book written by Dyce, Patrick White as Playwright, 1974.
A7952 (iii) Reviews of Patrick White as Playwright, 1974.
A7952 (v) Newspaper articles – play competition, 1974.

Jess Dyce

Jess Dyce

HULDAH M. TURNER, B.A., M.A. – PERSONAL PAPERS

[Date Deposited: 2007. Accessioned by Brenda Sullivan: 6 August 2007]

A8117 (ii)a Elizabethan Drama 1951-1966 - Outline of course; The Drama of Greece and Rome; Morality plays; The establishment of the public and the University wits; Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593) – Dr. Faustus; Audience and Theatre; Shakespeare – Corioianus; Realistic comedy and satirical plays (2 copies) Tutorial notes

A8117 (iv) Williams, Emlyn – The corn is green (play); Auden, W. H. & Isherwood, Christopher. – The ascent of F6: A Tragedy in two acts (play); Niland, D’Arcy – The Shiralee; Ibsen, Henrik, – The pillars of society (play); Cary, Joyce – A fearful joy; Odets, Clifford – Golden boy (play); Morgan, Charles – The river line; Steinbeck, John – The Grapes of Wrath; Properties, equipment, costumes; Nursery rhymes

A8117 (xi) (part) speech to the Young Peoples Theater on drama [n.d.]

A8117 (xii) Madge Eddy B.A. on Ibsen, Henrik (1828-1906) – “Hedda Gabler” [1952-1966]

M4832 Huldah M. Turner Drama lecture on cardboard. [1951-1956]?’

COMMUNIST PARTY OF AUSTRALIA – BARBARA CURTHOYS COLLECTION [Date: September, 2000.] [Archived by J. Stevenson, 10 January, 2002.]

A8456 (iv) Notes on the history of New Theatre Australia. 28pp, 1959.

NEWCASTLE & HUNTER DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY: [Received: September, 2000]. [Accessioned: 11 November, 2003].

A8765 (x) Civic; Civic Theatre, Civic Square, Civic Park, NESCA, City Hall; clippings, 1900-1990.
A8792 (i) (part) Testimonials concerning Mr. Colin Christie, musician, from Waratah School of Arts, Victoria Theatre, Newcastle, Great Northern Hotel, Newcastle.
A8798 (xi) Printers block – Victoria Theatre, Newcastle. 7×8cm.

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES:

A6303 (x) Hunter Valley Theatre Company, 1977.
A6304 (vii) Practical Drama School, 1976 – 1977 [77/04].
A6309 (i) Theatre direction, 1978 [78/05].
A6309 (ii) To-day’s movie, 1978 [78/08].
A6312 (viii) Youth Theatre Workshop, 1979 [79/08].
A6312 (ix) Theatre direction, 1979 [79/09].
A6312 (x) Super 8 movie making, 1979 [79/10].

THE UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES – OPEN FOUNDATION COURSE – K.M. HENRY:

A6731 Open Foundation local history research projects, 1987. Audio tapes and lists.
A6732 Documents, transcripts and lists of projects.

Project

Person Interviewed

Researcher Tape Number Document
Melvic Theatre. Bill Payne, Proprietor Diana Blaxell A6731/4B Tape only

The Newcastle Repertory Theatre 1957-1987.

Peter & Shirley Bloomfield, Founders

Dorothy White A6731/29 A6732/5

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNITY PROGRAMMES – OPEN FOUNDATION COURSE – K.M. HENRY: AUSTRALIAN HISTORY – 1989 PROGRAMMES

No. Researcher Person interviewed Project Tape
A6967 (viii) Melville, Rosemary Del de Glorion A history of the de Glorion Family and their involvement in live theatre in Newcastle. [The Victoria Theatre] Tape
A6968 (iiib) Nichols, Jenny Peter Whipper The history of Theatres in Newcastle Tape

ANGLICAN DIOCESE OF NEWCASTLE – REGISTRAR’S RECORDS: CORRESPONDENCE:

Trustees of Church Property:

B7359 Adelphia Theatre, Telarah, 1949 – 1960.

SCHOOL FOR DEAF GIRLS, WARATAH:

B10106 Oxley, Selwyn: The Deaf of Other Days: a pageant … [c.1920]. [Includes script for play Little Nellie’s Christmas.]

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – DRAMA DEPARTMENT:

B10390 Cutting Books [compiled by Elvira Sproggis], 1975 – 1979.
B10391a Cutting Books [compiled by Elvira Sproggis], 1979 – 1981.
B10391b Newcastle and Hunter Valley Theatre Cutting Book, 1981 – 1982.
B10391c Newcastle and Hunter Valley Theatre Cutting Book, 1980 – 1983.
B10391d Newcastle and Hunter Valley Theatre Cutting Book, 1982 – 1984.

NEWCASTLE & HUNTER DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY:

PHOTOGRAPHS: [Accessioned: July, 2004.]

A8803/P00002 [“Nine Ways”], Broadmeadow, Herbert’s De Luxe Theatre building on left. Shows a tram and a motor lorry, with hotel in background. Iona photo. n.d.

A8804/P00210 Newcastle. Shopping Centre. Small postcard showing Civic Theatre. “Make a Wish” was the current programme. [1930’s?]
A8804/P00474 Birmingham Gardens. Moore Street. The Regal Cinema. [Run by Mr. Bruce Avard.] Donated by Stella Jory November 1994.
A8806/P01168 Newcastle. Victoria Theatre. Orchestra. 1876. Colin Christie, Leader, Margaret, piano, Alex, violin, Colin, flute.
A8806/P01170 Portrait of Colin Christie and family – Margaret, violin, Alex and Colin, violin. 10th November 1912.
A8806/P01235 Newcastle. Civic Centre, Hunter Street looking west. M.L.C.building on right, Civic Theatre on left. Vinco series no. 33. [1960?]

D’OMBRAIN, ATHEL: INDEX TO PHOTOGRAPHIC NEGATIVES OF HOUSES, BUILDING AND PROPERTIES IN THE HUNTER VALLEY:

B10401/N1266 Old film posters in a shed at the rear of Ian Pender’s (architect) office at Maitland 1974
B10401/N1267-1272 Mr. Colin Hanks (used to be proprietor of the East Maitland picture theatre) and Ian Pender looking at the posters, 1971 (colour slides of all posters at National Library of Australia, Canberra)
B10405/N2419 People dressed up for theatre party. Mary Poppins at the Palace Picture Theatre at Maitland, February, 1966

UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – NCAE / HIHE / UNIVERSITY PHOTOGRAPHER – JOHN FREUND: (Conduit: Bruce Turnbull.) [Date received: 1 April, 2004.]

B16458 Negatives concerning the Drama Department, including a production of the play ‘King O’Malley ‘, [n.d.].

BARFIELD, TANA:

B10266 The Use of Historical Figures and Folk Heroes by Australian Playwrights, by Tana Barfield [drama IV Honours Thesis, 1979].

HUGO, URSULA:

A5582 (xiv) Background to Newcastle and its theatrical scene before the opening of the Victoria Theatre. [University of Newcastle Drama IV Thesis, 1979.]

LANGELAAR, SONYA: (former Honours student in Drama and History):

B13773 Revolution Vs Reform: The American Workers’ Theatre and the Communist Part of the USA during the 1930’s – an Honours thesis submitted by Sonya Langelaar to the Departments of Drama and History, October, 1994.

LEAHY, KATH: (former Honours student in Drama):

B13772 The Rites and Rights of Passage: A Study of the Actor-Training Institution Audition- an Honours thesis submitted by Kath Leahy to the Department of Drama, October, 1994.

MCEWEN, BARBARA: (former Honours student in Drama):

B13771 Does This Bus Go to Lambton?: The therapeutic use of Drama with clients with Acquired Brain Injury and the HEADSTART project, Lambton, New South Wales, Australia. – an Honours thesis submitted by Barbara McEwen to the Department of Drama, October, 1994.

SCHOFIELD, FIONA: (former Honours student in the Department of Drama):

B13770 Gender’s a Drag: Gender Confusing Performance – an Honours thesis submitted by Fiona Schofield to the Department of Drama, 1994.

SMITH, KARINA: (former Honours student in Drama):

B13774 Theatrical Self-Construction: Kenneth Branagh’s Beginning an Honours thesis submitted by Karina Smith to the Department of Drama, November, 1994.

MAPS AND PLANS

HEWETT, E. F.

MAP Nos: M1000 – M1052
SERIES: BLUEPRINT PLANS OF HERBERT’S PICTURE THEATRE, ISLINGTON.
TITLE: Herbert’s Picture Theatre cnr Beaumont Street, and Maitland Road, Islington, owner W. Herbert Esq.
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: E. F. Hewett
DATE RANGE: 1928 – 1928
FORMAT: Blueprints

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MAP #: M1534
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Ardent spirits
DATE: [1981?]
FORMAT: Black and white
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: Presented at Wyndham Estate Winery

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MAP #: M1535-M1536
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: The shadow of a gunman by Sean Casey
DATE: June 1981
FORMAT: Black and white
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: University drama theatre

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MAP #: M1537-M1538
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Peer gynt: a workshop production directed by Ian Watson
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: Newcastle Uni drama students. Poster by Bell
DATE: October 1981
FORMAT: Coloured print
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: University drama studio

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MAP #: M1539
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Aristophanes Birds
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: Newcastle Uni drama students. Poster by Bell
DATE: July and August 1981
FORMAT: Coloured print
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: Presented at Arts Drama Theatre Newcastle

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MAP #: M1540-M1541
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Don’s Party
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: Newcastle Uni drama students. Poster by Bell
DATE: April-May 1982
FORMAT: Coloured print
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: Presented at Arts Drama Theatre Newcastle

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MAP #: M1542
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: The lovers of Bologna
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: Newcastle Uni drama students. Poster by Bell
DATE: June 8-12 1982
FORMAT: Coloured print
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: Presented at Arts Drama Theatre Newcastle

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MAP #: M1543
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Esther by T. Racine
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: Newcastle Uni drama students. Poster by Bell
DATE: May 26-28
FORMAT: Coloured print
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: Presented by Avondale players and singers at Christ Church Cathedral

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MAP #: M1544
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Newcastle Arts Council one-act drama festival
DATE: May 1 1982
FORMAT: Black and white print
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: University drama theatre

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MAP #: M1545 (x3)
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Woyzeck
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: Bell
DATE: July 1982?
FORMAT: Colour
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: University drama theatre

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MAP #: M1546
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Salome
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: N.O.W. Poster group
DATE: September 1982?
FORMAT: Colour
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: Great hall, University of Newcastle

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MAP #: M1547
SERIES: Publicity posters
TITLE: Macbeth
SURVEYOR/CARTOGRAPHER/PUBLISHER: Directed by David Berthold
DATE: June 198?
SUBJECT/AREA/FEATURES: Presented at Roxy Theatre

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GRACESON THEATRE

MAP #: M1589
SERIES: Plans for picture theatre buildings
TITLE: Drawing for proposed gallery and shops to Swansea picture building, Swansea
SCALE: 8ft = 1”
FORMAT: Blueprint

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MAP #: M2019
SERIES: Theatrical posters

TITLE: [Billboard poster for Harry Lauder performance]
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER:
DATE: [Ca 1910]
FORMAT: Poster in four sections

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MAP #: M2023
TITLE: [Advertising posters for play fatal wedding], 9 copies
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: Under direction of Meynell and Gun
DATE: [Ca 1910]
FORMAT: Posters

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MAP #: M2051
SERIES: Stage plans for Bon Bons and Roses for Dolly
TITLE: Bon Bons and Roses for Dolly
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: David Wood [play by Dorothy Hewett, Directed by Robert Page]
FORMAT: Pen drawing coloured. Stage setting

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MAP #: M2052
SERIES: Stage plans for Bon Bons and Roses for Dolly
TITLE: [University of Newcastle] Drama Theatre plan
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: David Wood [play by Dorothy Hewett. Directed by Robert Page]
FORMAT: Print

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HENDERSON, JAMES – ARCHITECT

MAP #: M2453
SERIES: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. Newcastle.
TITLE: Design plans for a theatre in Union St, for Robert Hollyford. Front elevation and section
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: James Henderson
DATE: 1914
SCALE: 1/8”= 1 ft
FORMAT: Pencil drawing
SUBJECT/ AREA/ FEATURES: Plans donated by Miss Henderson of Newcastle, 1977. [This envelope contains typed labels for display of Theatre plans].

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MAP #: M2454
SERIES: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. Newcastle
TITLE: Design plans for a theatre in Union St, for Robert Hollyford. Ground floor plan
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER:
DATE: 1914
SCALE: 1/8”= 1 ft
FORMAT: Pencil drawing
SUBJECT/ AREA/ FEATURES: Proposed Theatre was not built

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MAP #: M2455
SERIES: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. Newcastle
TITLE: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. for Robert Hollyford. Section.
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: James Henderson
DATE: 1914
SCALE: 1/8”= 1 ft
FORMAT: Pencil drawing

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MAP #: M2456
SERIES: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. Newcastle
TITLE: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. for Robert Hollyford. Floor plan at gallery level.
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: James Henderson
DATE: 1914
SCALE: 1/8”= 1 ft
FORMAT: Pencil drawing

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MAP #: M2457
SERIES: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. Newcastle
TITLE: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. for Robert Hollyford. Floor plan at cloak room level.
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: James Henderson
DATE: 1914
SCALE: 1/8”= 1 ft
FORMAT: Pencil drawing

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MAP #: M2458
SERIES: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. Newcastle.
TITLE: Design plans for a theatre in Union St. for Robert Hollyford. Sections.
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: James Henderson
DATE: 1914
SCALE: 1/8”= 1 ft
FORMAT: Pencil drawing

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UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE – DRAMA DEPARTMENT

MAP #: M2590
SERIES: Posters
TITLE: “For these dead birds sigh a prayer” by Peter Matheson.
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: Drama department J.C.W.
DATE: n.d.
FORMAT: Poster
SUBJECT/ AREA/ FEATURES: Play advertisement

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MAP #: M2591
SERIES: Poster
TITLE: “For these dead birds sigh a prayer” by Peter Matheson.
CARTOGRAPHER/ SURVEYOR/ PUBLISHER: Drama department J.C.W.
DATE: n.d.
FORMAT: Poster
SUBJECT/ AREA/ FEATURES: Play advertisement

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YOUNG PEOPLES THEATRE

MAP #: M3015
TITLE: Proposed alterations and additions to Young Peoples Theatre and Arts Centre Newcastle Lindsay St Hamilton
DATE: 19 September, 1980
SCALE: Plans 1/50; Elevations 1/100; Block plan 1/100
FORMAT: Print

  • Janette Pelosi says:

    An excellent article on Newcastle theatre sources in the University of Newcastle Archives. The digital images are wonderful, especially the first poster!

    July 21, 2009 at 10:03 pm
  • Fiona Sullivan says:

    Thanks for the feedback Janette! I love the annotations on the “Our Town” booklet myself. I wonder if they ever did find the Tenors they were after.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:05 am
  • Janet from Newcastle says:

    Is there an exhibition/display about Hunter Cinemas currently in the library? I am particularly interested in information about the Greyson Theatre in Swansea.

    July 22, 2009 at 11:15 am
  • Fiona Sullivan says:

    Janet, yes there is currently an exhibition of Hunter Theatre and Cinema archives at Auchmuty Library, University of Newcastle. It should be there for at least the next two weeks if not longer!

    July 22, 2009 at 1:14 pm
  • Barry Harsh says:

    The plans of The Herberts Theatre Islington were nostalogic for a Islington resident.

    October 21, 2009 at 11:02 am
  • Fiona Sullivan says:

    Thanks for the feedback Barry.

    October 21, 2009 at 1:31 pm
  • Trevor Ambrose says:

    Great article. Love the old photos and history memories. Thanks for posting

    October 29, 2009 at 7:37 am
  • Fiona Sullivan says:

    I have to agree with you Trevor, I love the photo’s in this post too. I think Gionni did a great job putting it all together.

    October 30, 2009 at 6:51 am

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