PAST: An aerial view of Newcastle in 2007. The Royal Newcastle Hospital was developed at the top of present day King Street in 1817, where it operated until 2006.TWO hundred years ago, in 1817, Commandant James Wallis of the Newcastle Penal Settlement turned a jail built at the top of present day King Street into a hospital for convicts. Over the next 189 years the (Royal) Newcastle Hospital developed on that site.
In 1991 the acute services of the Royal Newcastle Hospital relocated to a new building –the John Hunter Hospital – in New Lambton Heights.On Tuesday, April 18, 2006, the remaining services of the Royal Newcastle Hospital relocated to the new building of the Royal Newcastle Centre, adjacent to the John Hunter Hospital.
Eleven years later the Royal Newcastle Hospital site is home to several new apartment blocks and restaurants, but its long history remains in the naming of these apartments – the Hannell Wing, the McCaffrey Wing. A timeline on a wall from King Street to a lift to the Esplanade details the site’s important and significant history.
Over these 189 years how many Novocastrians and other Hunter residents would have had an association with the hospital? When it relocated in 2006 I understandit was the oldest hospital in Australia still on its original site.
Suzanne Martin,NewcastleIT ain’t easy being greenIN REPLY to Steve Barnett’s comments: “If you don’t like a product produced by an industry you despise, why purchase the product or enjoy the spoils that mining offers? This is one of the reasons I lack respect for the Greens – a total lack to commit through everyday choices” (Short Takes, 1/4).
Before criticising the Greens on the basis that individual members may use the products mining produces, people may actually like to read their policy aims on mining and mineral exploration regarding coal seam gas(it is available on their website). They aren’t seeking the cessation of mining, they are aiming to pursue diversification of energy generation and storage which impacts less on the environment that supports us all, and to stop expansion of high impact coal mining and CSG activities.
In short, to be more considerate and balanced in how we utilise these resources.
Taking this approach will not stop mines supplying energy security during this transition period, will not affect gas supply (we just need to stop allowing the bulk of our gas to be exported) or stop the production of items made from mining raw materials.
Failure to recognise these simple points is one of the reasons I lack respect for a right wing activist view that demonises individuals that simply want to make the world a better place for all life.
Paul Buckman,Belmont North Fact or fictionTWO thousand years ago a charismatic Jew was executed by the civil authorities on a charge of sedition. His followers claimed he was a miracle worker, had come back from the dead and was eventually rocketed into the sky. To date however astronomical observation has failed to detect him.
We may assume the tomb was empty or the claim that he was alive could easily have been disproven by examination. Were the disciples right about their leader or was there a more rational explanation?
Did he survive crucifixion and was revived by some of his followers? Did the disciples go to the wrong tomb? Did someone remove the body? The Romans? Some of his disciples? The tomb’s owner – Joseph who took charge of the body? The last is the most likely suspect and perhaps for security reasons he placed the body elsewhere. Is it the case that this miraculous story like others about the Galilean are the product of a pre-scientific world?
Was the claim of physical resurrection of the carpenter more experiential than optical? Was it a fact or a myth? If the Christians are right, we are all missing out. If they are wrong, they are deceiving themselves and the rest of the world with their message.
Neville Aubrey,WallsendHospital move healthyI REFER to your report about moving the new Maitland hospital (‘Call to move new hospital’, Herald,1/4).The current proposed site will make it harder to access for the Hunter and even Maitland residents that live on the Telarah and Rutherford side of town. I agree the logically best place to locate it is just off the Hunter Expressway. Probably at the former aluminium site.
To move it here will ensure that the whole Hunter is given a better service. It will provide a pressure relief for the John Hunter, as access from anywhere in the valley will be as streamlined as you can make it. Done properly this hospital will provide services for the coalfields and upper Hunter alike.
This proposed location will ensure that this land is used in a positive way for the community. It will create more employment for an area that has a high unemployment and underemployment problem.
The new hospital, no matter what, should be for the whole area, not just East Maitland, and has to be a public hospital.A private hospital could complement this as there is plenty of land, but we can not lose public beds with the population growth of the whole Hunter.
I acknowledge this move would take the hospital out of Jenny Aitchison’s area but the major benefit will be that it is for all the Hunter and not just Maitland.
Glenn Jones, Weston Bully claim laughableTHE recent letter by Supercars supporters spokesperson Mitchell Griffin (Letters, 23/3) demands a response. He resides in East Maitland, far away from the problems faced by Newcastle East residents. And anyone who reads the abuse dished out by (mostly anonymous) cyber bullies on pro-Supercars and pro-anything dished up as ‘progress” Facebook pages would laugh at that accusation.
The 190 trees referred to in his letter probably includes what council and Supercars spin doctors call “150 shrubs”. Most are trees. Foreshore Park may not be “entirely cut off for weeks on end” but much of Newcastle East will be. Why have the very popular monthly Hunt and Gather Marketsin Pacific Park been shifted to Hamilton?
The 30 Norfolk Island pines to be demolished are healthy, 30+ years old and sited as part of an international urban design competition. Council claims about replanting should be taken with a grain of salt. These trees will not look anything like those to be removed for another 20 to 30 years.
Any inspection of the Herald maps of the other circuits show that any comparison with Newcastle East is ridiculous.