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buildings to his credit and around 70 more scattered
throughout the Hunter.
The work of Emeritus Professor Beryl Nashar was
recognised in 2002 when, 30 years after she was awarded
the Order of the British Empire (OBE), she was appointed
an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO).
The appointment was in recognition of decades of
service to the community, particularly through raising
awareness of issues affecting women and education.
Her work in geology and community affairs took Nashar
to more than 30 countries while she has written almost 30
books and been a role model for women in academia.
She was a Rotary Foundation Fellow after completing
her PhD at the University of Tasmania, the first PhD for
geology ever awarded in Australia, which led to work at
In 1955 she returned to Newcastle, the city in which
she was born, as lecturer in geology at Newcastle
University. She was appointed an associate professor in
1964, becoming one of the first women to achieve such a
She became president of the International Business and
Professional Women's Organisation, which took her all
over the world, and held positions on boards including
Royal Newcastle Hospital, Greater Newcastle Permanent
Building Society and Newcastle FM Pty Ltd.
She was one of five women selected earlier this decade
by the Academy of Science to be featured in a series of
one-hour documentaries focusing on their contributions
to the field.
Captain Jeffries, born in Wallsend, served in the Australian
Army in World War I and is among about 100 in the
nation to receive its highest medal of decoration, the
He was the only son of Joshua and Barbara Jeffries,
educated at Dudley Primary School and Newcastle High
School and at the time of enlistment worked as a mine
surveyor. His father was a mine manager and had been the
first superintendent of John Darling Colliery.
Jeffries was awarded his VC posthumously after being
killed in action in France on October 12, 1917.
His official Victoria Cross citation reads: ''In the battle
of Ypres (Phase 5) 12th October 1917, he displayed the
greatest fearlessness and gallantry when his company
was held up by enemy machine-gun fire in concrete
dug-outs. He organised a party of two NCOs and 12 men
and rushed the dug-out capturing four machine guns
and 35 men. He then reorganised his company and led
them toward the objective under extremely heavy enemy
artillery barrage and enfilade machine-gun fire. Finding
his right flank subjected to fire from an enemy machine-
gun dug-out on the right he again organised a party and
successfully attacked it, capturing two machine guns and
30 more prisoners and was himself killed in the operation.
It was entirely due to his bravery, dash and initiative that
the centre of the attack was not held up for a lengthy
Captain Jeffries is buried in Tyne Cot War Cemetery
at Passchendaele. His Victoria Cross is in Christ
BISHOP TYRRELL/BISHOP BA
William Tyrrell was born in London
in 1807 and in later life entered
the church, reluctantly accepting
nomination to the diocese of
Newcastle in 1847. On his arrival
he found a diocese that covered
324,000 square kilometres with
only 14 clergymen.
Tyrrell's arrival as Bishop
meant the small Christ
Church became a cathedral
and Newcastle, as the seat of a
diocese, became a city.
For the next 31 years of his life,
Bishop Tyrrell devoted himself to
the development of what he called
''my diocese'' and by 1868 it had 21
parishes serving almost 57,000 peop
In 1850, Bishop Tyrrell formed th
Newcastle Church Society, the forer
of the Newcastle Synod, which he presided
over for the first 12 years. During his years as Bishop he
saw 55 churches built and personally contributed to the
cost of every one.
He died in March, 1879, aged 72, by which time he was
so closely identified with his diocese that Newcastle was
spoken of as ''the widowed diocese''.
Francis de Witt Batty, who had long venerated Bishop
Tyrrell, was elected Bishop of Newcastle in 1931, the
Anglican Church's seventh bishop of the city.
One of the last British bishops in Australia, he
presided over Newcastle from 1931 to 1958, supported
the establishment of a university and was a champion
of freedom of speech. Under him Newcastle became a
focal point for thinking about contemporary issues in a
Bishop Batty died in 1961 and is buried in Morpeth
cemetary, next to Bishop Tyrrell.
ROBERT (BOB) NEWBIGGEN
Possibly the greatest surf swimmer in the history of the
sport, Newbiggen was a colossus among his peers, winning
five successive Australian open surf championships with
World War II, where he served overseas as an RAAF pilot,
probably robbing him of another five.
While surf swimming was his forte, he started in still
water when he won the Australian junior 110-yard
championship as a 15-year-old in 1937 in the fastest time
then recorded of 62.6 seconds. A year later he won the
Australian championship and represented Australia at the
Empire Games in Sydney.
Newbiggen won 11 Australian surf medals -- eight gold
-- and six state medals in the late 1930s and 1940s and is a
member of the Australian Surf Life Saving Hall of Fame.
The first female Lord Mayor in Australia and one of
Newcastle's most popular citizens, Joy Cummings came to
the city from Sydney when she was 16.
elected to Newcastle council in 1968
ame Lord Mayor in 1974. She was
cted Lord Mayor in 1975, returned for
three-year terms from 1977 and a four-
ar term in 1983 after a public vote.
She was also a member of the NSW
Planning and Environment Authority, a
state representative on the Australian
Bicentennial Authority and a member
of the state advisory committee of the
Australian Broadcasting Commission.
A stroke forced her retirement from
local government, but she did see
the fulfilment of one of her projects
before her death, the 1988 unveiling
of The Foreshore, the restoration of
Newcastle harbour land.
world title in a sport is a major
ement, four brings legend status, and
achieved by Richards, the ''wounded
rd rider from Merewether who won
four world surfing championships between 1979 and
A famed big-wave rider before a back injury cut short his
career in 1988, Richards helped make surfing the major
sport it is today.
As well as world titles his victories included four Bells
Beach titles, two Stubbies championships, the Coca-Cola
Surfabout and Hawaii's World Cup, the Pipeline Masters
and the Duke.
An icon in the world of surfing, he still lives and has a
surf shop in Newcastle.
... ITS PEOPLE
"... you will find that my school can
be likened to the British army, there
is only one difference -- they have
slackened discipline, I have not."
-- Irene Hall
''little master'', Clive
Churchill, kicked a goal
for South Sydney on its
way to the 1955 title with
a broken arm dangling
at his side, needing
someone else to set the
ball for him.
maker Phil Avalon gave
Mel Gibson his first on-
screen role in Summer
City, filmed at Catherine
Hill Bay in 1977.
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