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[ GLORY DAYS ]
The declaration, one of the major achievements
of the United Nations, was described by Eleanor
Roosevelt as “the international Magna Carta for all
Evatt played an important part in the formation
of the United Nations and the foundation of
post-World War II international order, with the
declaration the culmination of his work.
Born in Maitland on April 30, 1894 - his father,
John, had the Hunter River Hotel and later
the Bank Hotel in East Maitland - Evatt was a
remarkable man, one of Labor’s most infuential
leaders who played a major role in shaping
Australia’s foreign policies. He authored books
on Australian history, was a patron of the arts, a
Justice of the High Court, a member of both NSW
and Commonwealth parliaments, Federal Attorney
General and Minister for External Affairs, leader of
the opposition for nine years and, at the end of his
career, Chief Justice of the High Court.
He died in 1965.
29. Shine the light
ElEctric lights switch on in huntEr:
Just after 6.30pm on Tuesday, September 9, 1890,
the mayoress of Lambton, Mrs W Dent, stood on
the hill overlooking the township and fipped a
switch that turned on the frst electric lights in the
Hunter Valley, “illuminating in a brilliant manner
. . . 160 street lights, in addition to a large number
of hotels, stores and dwellings.”
An hour earlier Amy Palmer and Thursa Payne,
daughters of two of the town’s aldermen, had
smashed bottles of champagne over two engines
imported from England that were supplying the
power from a building in a quarry between Young
and High streets.
“Yesterday was a red-letter day in the history
of Lambton, and one to be remembered by both
young and old in that neat little town for the rest
of their lifetime,” The Newcastle Morning Herald
reported next day.
With the coming of light came celebrations, with
The Herald reporting that there were “youngsters
parading through the town with banners blazoning
Advance Australia Fair much in evidence, the
parade ending in a picnic in the park where a
mountain of sandwiches, fruit and lollies restored
about 1500 children’s energies – not forgetting
at the same picnic a wagon heavily laden with
casks of free beer to whip up or tone down adult
The contractor who installed the lights described
them as “the most perfect in the colony” and
added “the electric lights of Lambton vie with the
stars in the heavens.” The Herald said that where
Lambton led “all other local bodies could only
Follow Newcastle did, and at 8.45pm on New
Year’s Eve, 1890, Jessie Christie, daughter of then
mayor of Newcastle Ald Colin Christie, threw a
switch in Newcastle’s frst power station, at the
corner of Darby and Sydney (now Tyrrell) streets,
and 240 lights burst into life as far as The Junction
and in Hunter St.
Before the valley’s lights, Tamworth had
celebrated the centenary of European settlement
by switching on the country’s frst streetlights in
1888, while Sydney didn’t follow until 1904.
grant long wins world board sailing
titlE: novEmbEr, 1980
In Freeport in the Bahamas in late 1980, Grant
Long became the frst Australian to win a
world board sailing title when he defeated 66
competitors from 20 different countries in the
Long, who won two Australian windsurfng
championships and was placed in two others
between 1978 and 1983, had previously competed
in world titles in Mexico in 1978 (25th), Greece in
1979 (8th) and Japan in 1981 (10th).
Long sailed boats on Lake Macquarie from
the age of six, but switched to sailboards when
he began studying mechanical engineering at
Newcastle University and quickly became captain
of the Belmont Bay Windsurfng Fleet.
He was inducted into the Hunter Region Sporting
Hall of Fame in 1993, but sadly died in 2008 at 47
after a decade-long fght with cancer.
Adam Quinn, born in Newcastle and growing
up on the shores of Lake Macquarie, started
sail boarding just a few years after Long won
his frst title, and in 1989 won the junior world
championship. In 1993 he won the heavyweight
world title, which he held continuously until 1997.
31. Riding the wind
rick duncan wins world
hang-gliding titlE: FEbruary, 1988
The year 1988 was a big one for Newcastle
hang glider Rick Duncan – he was the Newcastle
champion, NSW champion, Australian champion
and world champion at the same time.
As well as taking out the main world cross-country title at Mount
Buffalo, Victoria, in February, 1988, against 160-odd competitors
from 30 countries, he was also a winner in the four-man world
team event for Australia, after taking out the world freestyle
championship at Stanwell Park, NSW, the previous month.
Over his competitive career he was a three-time Newcastle
champion, fve-time NSW champion and three-time national
champion, as well as winning several international events.
He began competing in international competition at just 14, fve
years younger than any other competitor, and later he and his
family were among the pioneers of foot-launched hang gliding in
Duncan is still fying, after he and his brothers founded Airborne
Windsports at Redhead in 1983, exporting to more than 30
Rick Duncan, 1975
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