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11. A seat of learning
Newcastle UNiversity Great Hall
opeNs: November, 1973
The frst mutterings for the establishment of a
university in Newcastle began more than 150
years ago, and a long, determined campaign by
Hunter residents led, in the early 1950s, to the
establishment of Newcastle University College on
a technical college site at Tighes Hill. Only fve full-
time students were enrolled when classes began,
and study concentrated on science, mathematics
Although the growing university fnally gained
autonomy on January 1, 1965, it had to wait until
November 28, 1973, for its frst real glory day - the
opening of its Great Hall, funded by an appeal to
the people of the Hunter, standing as a monument
of the link between gown and town.
In 1966 the late Ald Frank Purdue led a
Newcastle Lord Mayoral appeal to raise the
$600,000 needed to build the hall. The money
was raised through a “buy-a-brick” campaign,
which gave people the chance to buy a single brick
for the building. By May 28, 1971, the money had
been raised and more than 500 people, most of
them “brick holders”, witnessed the laying of the
foundation stone. The then Deputy Chancellor, Dr
G Edwards, told the crowd that the money raised
was the largest amount for any similar project
undertaken in Australia.
In 1964 when work began on the university
buildings it was planned to cater to 10,000 full-
time students by 2004. Who knew then what the
university would become, now home to almost
33,000 students plus another 2710 internationals
offshore, and by 2020 forecast to have more than
40,000 students in an expanded university with a
city centre campus accommodating business, law
and creative arts as well as education, humanities
and social sciences.
The university had projected total revenue of
$540 million last year, had 970 academic and 1447
non-academic staff and had spread its wings with
campuses in Newcastle, Central Coast, Singapore,
Port Macquarie and Sydney.
The strong community links remains - in 2010
the community gave more than $4 million in
donations to the university while in the last decade
donations and bequests have topped $30 million.
12. All hail the
Newcastle wiNs leaGUe’s state cUp:
Until the Knights won the title in 1997, there
was little doubt what Newcastle rugby league’s
greatest glory day was - the David and Goliath 5-3
victory over the mighty St George in the State Cup
semi-fnal in 1964, then going on to fnish the job
by beating Parramatta 14-7 in the fnal.
It was the classic story of the underdogs taking
on the best in the world . . . and beating them.
St George were midway through the ninth of
their record 11 consecutive premierships and were
considered possibly the greatest club side ever,
but at No.1 Sports Ground the home team stunned
the city boys in what is considered Newcastle’s
defning moment as a rugby league region.
The victory has become part of Newcastle
folklore as the virtual no-names of the north took
on a Dragons side that included internationals
Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands, Brian “Poppa”
Clay, Eddie Lumsden, Johnny King and Elton
Newcastle defeated North Coast, Southern
Division and Western Division to take the country
title that year, then downed South Sydney 29-14
in the frst State Cup match, following that with a
6-0 win over North Sydney to set up the salivating
semi-fnal with St George.
In front of 20,000 fans, Newcastle’s forwards
led the way and soon led 5-3, but the crowd
was waiting for the foodgates to open. It never
happened. Newcastle never took a step backwards
and at the end it was still 5-3.
That set up the fnal against Sydney’s minor
premiers, Parramatta, again at No. 1 Sports
Ground, this time before a crowd of more than
22,000. The home side was never headed, winning
The victory was part of a golden era for Newcastle, with its
representative side winning 15 matches straight from 1963 to
1965, including victories over South Africa and France, plus three
country championships and the State Cup.
The victorious starting team in the fnal was Johnny McLaughlin,
Bob Horne, Dave Brown (c), Bob Moses, Jim Perry, Gerry Edser,
Billy Giles, Terry Pannowitz, Brian Carlin, Allan Thomson, Bob
Heaney, Allan Buman and Jim Morgan.
13. A piece of tennis history
Newcastle teNNis player cHristiNe o’Neil wiNs
aUstraliaN opeN: JaNUary, 1979
Newcastle-born tennis player Christine O’Neil created a piece of
tennis history when she became the frst unseeded woman to win
the Australian Open title in the open era, beating American Betsy
Nagelsen 6-3, 7-5 in the fnal at Kooyong.
Her feat would go unmatched until Serena Williams, unseeded
and ranked world No. 81, won the 2007 Australian Open.
O’Neil is also one of a handful of players to have won both the
Australian Junior Open (1973) and the senior title.
The open was O’Neil’s only singles career title, but that didn’t
matter on January 3, 1979, when the 111th ranked player in the
world became the queen of the court, crushing the eighth-seeded
Nagelsen and not ashamed to shed a few tears after her $6000 win.
O’Neil, from Boolaroo, was 22 at the time, but was only 14 when
she won her frst Newcastle women’s open title in 1970, a title she
won twice more before taking off around the world to play the
In 2007 she and her two brothers, Keith and William, took
over a tennis school in Morisset, but she has since moved on and
now operates the O’Neil School of Tennis in conjunction with the
Cessnock Tennis Centre.
Great Hall opens, 1973
Christine O’Neil, 1979
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