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A Wave of Women

Newcastle based researchers are collecting stories about women and their connection to Newcastle Harbour and Port.

Non-profit community project A Wave of Women is gathering and collating the tales and histories of women, both past and present, who worked and lived around our city’s iconic harbour.

A Wave of Women is calling for stories and photos – whether your own or handed down – that capture the human element behind the port and harbour. The researchers are interested in all stories – no matter how big or small. Did you or someone you know work at Newcastle Port? Perhaps you served at a pub frequented by wharfies or ship captains, or were a nurse on a hospital ship. Stories of fishing families, letters home from ship captains and sailors – all can help piece together the narratives of women involved in the history of Newcastle Harbour.

Not just limited to the past, the project is also seeking current tales – of female tug boat drivers, Port Hunter workers, sailors and swimmers.

The stories will be collated into a free e-book, celebrating the place of women in Newcastle’s maritime history. Contributors will be acknowledged in the e-book, which will be published later this year.

Submit your story about women and the Newcastle Harbour and Port via private message or comment on the Wave of Women Facebook page or in writing to the Maritime Centre at PO Box 148, Newcastle NSW 2300.

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Feature Image: SS Champion at Newcastle Harbour, January 1 1902. Photographer Ralph Snowball, Norm Barney Photographic Collection, University of Newcastle (Australia) 

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