Home' Hunter Its People : Hunter-Glory Days June 2012 Contents Visitors at the Laverty 2 exhibition, Newcastle Art Gallery 2011
Opened in 1967 as part of Newcastle's War Memorial
Cultural Centre the Gallery moved to its current site in
1977, opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as
Australia’s frst modern purpose built regional gallery.
With a collection of over 5800 works of art, the Gallery
presents a comprehensive overview of Australian art
from colonial times to the present day. Major and iconic
Australian artists are part of the collection including
William Dobell, Rupert Bunny, Sidney Nolan, Arthur
Boyd, Russell Drysdale, John Olsen, Margaret Olley, Fred
Williams, Grace Cossington Smith, Brett Whiteley and
Margaret Preston. A signifcant collection of Indigenous
bark and contemporary paintings enrich the collection,
along with the largest collection of Japanese traditional
and modern ceramics in the southern hemisphere.
Each year, the Gallery sees on average 70,000 visitors
engage with the collection and a diverse local, national
and international exhibition and events program. Works
from the Gallery’s collection are regularly loaned for major
exhibitions across the country, and each year over 600,000
people engage with works from Newcastle’s collection.
In 2012 Newcastle Art Gallery looks forward to a signifcant
building redevelopment, expanding its facilities to include
a café, theatre and additional gallery spaces. The newly
redeveloped Newcastle Art Gallery will open in mid 2014.
A signifcant collection - arguably the fnest in regional Australia
[ GLORY DAYS ]
Jennifer Hawkins named miss Universe: JUne, 2004
It was a crowning glory like no other; a 20-year-old Novocastrian with an easy going and
sunny nature catapulted into the strathosphere as the most beautiful girl, not just in the world,
but the universe . . . probably a slight exaggeration, but heady stuff for a girl from Holmsville
who had never previously left the country.
Everything Australians held dear seemed to be summed up in Jennifer Hawkins’ personality
the day she was named Miss Universe in Quito, Ecuador, on June 1, 2004.
Hawkins, a former Knights cheerleader, won that night in a 10-year-old borrowed dress in
front of 800 million people viewing the extravaganza on television and a capacity crowd at
the event - not to mention a thrilled audience in her home town.
Hawkins later described the immediate time after her win as “a complete blur” and the
years since “like a whirlwind”.
Not 24 hours after her crowning, Hawkins packed her bags and moved to her new home,
a luxury Trump Place apartment in New York City, and began travelling the globe as an
ambassador for organizations focusing on HIV and AIDS awareness. Within weeks of being
crowned she spoke to a crowd of more than 18,000 when she appeared onstage with UN
Secretary General Kof Annan and Hollywood actor and activist Richard Gere at the 2004
World AIDS Summit in Bangkok.
She seemed to have it all, and subsequent years have confrmed that as she has scaled the
heights of modelling and celebrity.
During her reign she signed on as host of the popular television travel program The Great
Outdoors and with Pepsi as spokesperson for their products in Australia.
After crowning her successor on May 30, 2005, Hawkins returned to Australia to be
snapped up by the international brand Lux as its face for Australia and New Zealand,
following in the footsteps of Sarah Jessica Parker, Gisele Bundchen and Linda Evangelista, an
arrangement that fnished in 2007.
In 2006 she signed with underwear brand Lovable, which included her involvement
in design, being the face of their television and print campaigns as well as many public
appearances, including one at Westfeld Parramatta before more than 3500 screaming fans.
She became the frst Australian face of international cosmetics brand Covergirl, and her
television talents were acknowledged when she was nominated for Most Popular New Female
talent at the 2006 Logie awards.
The emergence of Hawkins the businesswoman was revealed in 2007 when she became
the face of Australia’s biggest retailer Myer, a multi-million-dollar deal that set a record for
the biggest modeling deal ever done for an Australian-based model. The deal included equity
in Myer, making her not only the marketing face of the company but also a shareholder. That
year she approached Myer about broadening their relationship to include her own brand of
swimwear, and eight months later Cozi by Jennifer Hawkins was launched to much fanfare.
Hawkins has graced the covers of magazines everywhere, including the Australian Women’s
Weekly, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Cleo and fashion bible Harpers Bazaar, as well as men’s
magazines Men’s Style , Maxim and FHM. Overseas, Hawkins is the ambassador for Marie
She has donated her time and personal items for auction for charities including Sydney
Cancer Foundation, The Sydney Children’s Hospital, Canteen and Make-a-Wish Foundation, as
well as being a patron of the Hunter Children’s Research Foundation.
– JAne PArSOnS
36. A crowning glory
Jennifer Hawkins as a Knights cheerleader, left, her victory in 2004, bottom right, and
talking with Richard Gere and visiting a HIV-positive Indonesian boy after her crowning.
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