Monthly Archives: June 2010

Congratulations to the Newcastle Time Team

Today Minister for the Hunter Jodi McKay announced the launch of the Newcastle Time team and an archaeological test dig for the foundation stone laid of the Breakwater laid by Governor Macquarie during his visit to Newcastle.

It was announced that the James Fletcher Hospital site, which was the site of the Miklitary barracks and hospital and parade ground, will finally be listed on the State Heritage Register of New South Wales. A very long overdue addition to the State register.

Congratulations to the Hunter Region committee of the National Trust and those involved in getting these wonderful heritage initiatives off the ground.

Hunter Bonas 2010

The Hunter Heritage Network is thrilled to announce the winners of the inaugural Hunter Bonafide Awards! The Awards also inspire people to use the Hunter’s rich heritage as a catalyst for innovative design and scholarship.

The patron of the Hunter Bonas is Ms Margaret Henry. Ms Henry has been a long champion of heritage values in the Newcastle and Hunter area and a champion of local history. Ms Henry is a leader and advocate of conservation of the important cultural places that enrich the Hunter and Ms Henry’s support and encouragement forms the inspiration of the Hunter Bonafide Awards today.

The jury wishes to say it is humbled by the people of the Hunter who continue to champion history and heritage. Congratulations to all who participated in these awards!

The jury wished to acknowledge many more entrants and nominees and hopes that these people will be inspired  to consider the awards next year – and encourages all of our kindred spirits to keep going.

These awards are in honour of all the fabulous and inspiring people in the Hunter region – doing Bonafide things.

Congratulations to everyone.

And the winners are:

Perpetual Bona – for Outstanding achievement in the service of history and heritage in the Hunter region

We were thrilled that all three recipients attended the ceremony. Our three winners take out TOP HONOURS in the Inaugural Bonafide awards for their unflinching committment to heritage conservation, service to research, and selflessness to local history and heritage in our region over a thirty year period. We wish to honour Carl, Margret and Ed for their invaluable contribution over many, many years.

The Perpetual Bona is hereby bestowed upon:

  • Mr Carl and Ms Margret Doring
  • Mr Ed Tonks


Golden Bona –  Best Adaptive Reuse of a Heritage building or historic place for:

  • Bacchus Restaurant, 141 King Street Newcastle

The jury made special mention of

  • Sprocket Roasters cafe, adapted by Ross and Chelsea D’Aoust at 68 Hunter Street Newcastle; and
  • Maitland Gaol interpetative centre by Maitland City Council and Special Mention of Mr Gordon Sauber

Academic Bona – Best academic history based upon a local historical theme

  • Mr Les Reedman – for his exemplary work on the architects of the Hunter valley

The jury made special mention of

  • Fr Brian Roach
  • Dr Cameron Archer, Principal of Tocal Agricultural College

Deadly Bona – Best Indigenous History Monograph, article or digital work

  • Professor John Maynard

The jury made special mention of

  • Professor John Ramsland

Commemorative Bona – Best Commemorative History, event or site interpretation of a local historical theme

  • Dr Troy Duncan,  Ann Dunn and Rosemary Melville – for their excellent publication on the history of the Newcastle Grammar School, released in 2010

The jury made special mention of

  • Ms Cynthia Hunter
  • The Moyle Family Group of Hotels for their valuable and insightful displays in their Hunter region hotels including the Stag & Hunter Hotel, Mayfield

Family Bona – Best Family History Monograph

  • Newcastle Family History Society

Studious Bona – Best Student Paper,  design project, or article – including architecture projects, interior design, drafting or colour projects featuring local heritage or history

  • Ms Ann Hardy – dissertation on the Government House Newcastle

The jury made special mention of

  • Hunter River High School Life Services students who undertook an outstanding history project with the Raymond Terrace and District historical Society

Amateur Bona – Best history by an amateur historian

  • Mr Jack Delaney – publications and history of the ming heritage of the Hunter region

Performing Bona – Best fictional tale or dramatic production based on a local historical theme

  • Mr Colin Spiers – A Slender Strand of Memories (2009)

The jury made special mention of

  • Mr Brian Joyce – Sightsoundminded (2010)
  • James Witchard, Erika Gelzinnis and Students – Where the Coal meets the Sea (2008)

Virtual Bona – Most popular and/or thought provoking social networking site, blog or wesbite on local heritage and history

  • Creator Facebook “Save the Bogey Hole” – Sam Urquhart
The symbol of the Bonas – The Obelisk, is portrayed on the winner’s certificates and as the trophy itself

Media Bona – Best media piece or article featuring local history or heritage

  • Mr Mike Scanlon, for his wonderful history pieces over a long period of time writing for the Herald

The jury made special mention of

  • ABC 1233 Treasure Hunter – creator and producers – this is an award to acknowledge the new on the scene talent and broad appeal of this wonderfully original radio show

Back Bona – in recognition of the volunteering services of groups and individuals who volunteer their time to the promotion and conservation of local heritage and history

  • Volunteers of the Newcastle Region Maritime Centre (the Newcastle Region Maritime Society)  – what the Society does on a shoestring is very worthy of this Bona

No Bona – For the most inappropriate development upon a heritage place

  • The jury refrained from naming individuals in this category – but awarded the No Bona to the inappropriate actions, decisions and deeds done to the Newcastle Post Office (former) over the last 10 years.

Award ceremony  – gallery

Professor John Maynard warmly welcoming us to country
After she was crowned as the Patron of the Bona Awards, Margaret Henry gave a lovely speech
And then we crowned Marg Henry as the Patron Saint of the Inaugural Hunter Bonas Awards
Her Excellency Mrs Macquarie with Chair of the Hunter Regional Committee National Trust and MC Gionni diGravio
Hunter Writers’ Centre Brian Joyce receiving his commendation for Best performing Bona from Mrs Macquarie
Mrs Macquarie congratulates Jack Delaney on his Award of Amateur Bona
Jenny Bates receiving a Media Bona Commendation for ABC 1233 Treasure Hunter program
The Deadly Bona was awarded to Professor John Maynard
Mike Scanlon was the fabulous recipient of the Media Bona




Cameron Archer receiving his commendation in the Academic Bona Category



Erika Gelzinnis, James Witchard and the Students on Newcastle Uni’s Drama 101 take out a highly commendation in the Performing Bona category
Winner of the Family Bona - Newcastle Family History Society
The Family Bona was awarded to the tremendous Newcastle Family History Society
Her Excellency Mrs Macquarie (Anne Creevy)
Our 3 inaugural and very deserving winners of the Perpetual Bona – Ed Tonks, Carl & Margret Doring
Winner of the Perpetual Bona was very humble and makes a speech
Chair of the National Trust addresses the audience
The audience enjoying High tea and the glamour of the Award ceremony
Ed Tonks, Perpetual Bona winner
Board Members Stephen Booker and Sarah Cameron
Studioius Bona Winner – Ann Hardy receiving her award. Nice frock!