10.27am – December 28 1989. That is a date that will forever live in infamy here in Newcastle.
The day of the Newcastle Earthquake.
Now, 30 years on from that fateful day, the City of Newcastle will remember the 14 people that lost their lives as well as the courage and community spirit that followed the ’89 quake with a special commemoration service at Christ Church Cathedral on December 28.
“It’s hard to believe three decades have passed since the earthquake because the day is still so vivid for many of us,” Lord Mayor Nuatali Nelmes said.
“Holding a commemorative service will provide an opportunity to remember those lost – Cecil Robert Abbott, Leonard Charles Norris, Albert Gavin Bender, John Anthony O’Shannessy, Dulcie Alice Blim, Barry Francis Spark, Carol Ann Coxhell, Peggy Theresa Stone, Miriam Collen Duffy, Levener Georgia Watson, Verlena Maree March, Eileen Mary Werren and Cyril Keith McMahon.
“We will also acknowledge the incredible efforts of the city’s emergency services personnel and others who helped their fellow citizens in a situation that might have overwhelmed people of lesser mettle. “
As well as the service, Newcastle Museum’s Earthquake Then and Now and Again exhibition has been extended until Monday 13 January after opening in July.
The exhibition looks back through the eyes of those who stood tall in the immediate aftermath of the 5.6-magnitude quake, including a doctor who tended a man seriously injured on Beaumont Street, Hamilton.
Further, Tighes Hill gallery Newcastle Artspace is presenting a photographic exhibition of the Newcastle Workers Club ruins, shot by photojournalist Steve Tickner called five.point.six
Another exhibition, Newcastle in Print at Newcastle Library, features newspaper coverage as part of a wider exploration of significant events in Newcastle’s history.
The Newcastle Earthquake Commemorative Service is on at Christchurch Cathedral on Saturday 28 December from 10am with morning tea to follow.
Earthquake Then and Now and Again is on at Newcastle Museum’s Link Gallery/Foyer until Monday 13 January 2020.
five.point.six is on at Newcastle Art Space (91 Chinchen Street, Islington) until Sunday 22 December
Newcastle in Print is on at Newcastle Library’s Local History Lounge until Saturday 22 February 2020.
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