Chifley Apartments Newcastle

14 Honeysuckle Drive, Building 7, Newcastle, 2300, Australia
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Transportation to Byron

by Valerie31

Hey everyone, I'll be going up to Newcaslte from Sydney by train, and i was told this was the last stop. Is it possible to catch a bus at this same station (scott n watt intersection) to get to byron bay? Also, would anyone know a website where i might find some resourceful information abut the bus system in newcastle. thanks for any help

RE: Transportation to Byron

by wombles

You can get a country link train (and bus for the last section) from Broadmeadow (just before Newcastle) to Byron Bay so you would have to get a train from Newcastle (scott st) to Broadmeadow to meet the countrylink train. gives info in Sydeny public transport including trains to Broadmeadow and Newcastle. Has info on the Newcastle bus and ferry system.

RE: RE: Transportation to Byron

by unravelau

Do you have to stop at Newcastle? I am wondering because I am pretty sure that you can take a train from Sydney that will take you all the way to Byron Bay without changing to a will also stop at Broadmeadow. But the best idea is to go directly if you don't need to be in Newcastle.

Iandsmith is a local resident in Newcastle and would be able to give you more information about that area if you send him a vtmail.

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A lot to see here..

by Sweetberry1

A lot to see and do in this City, Museums, Galleries, Parks, The Beach, definitely a tour of the Vinyards, and into the country. I didn't really spend enough time in Newcastle, I would have liked to see a lot more.

Aussie icon

by iandsmith

Sir William Dobell was, and is after his death, one of Australia's most famous painters.
Apprentice architect to Wallace J. Porter, Newcastle, 1916-24; Julian Ashton’s School, Sydney (evening classes), 1924-29; Slade School, London, 1929; Holland, The Hague, 1930; the continent and London, independent study, 1931-39.
When Dobell returned to Sydney in 1939, after ten years abroad, his portrait and genre paintings added a new dimension to the stature of Australian painting. The assimilation of varied influences – the chiaroscuro of Rembrandt, satire and simplicity of Daumier, wit of Hogart, Renoir’s feathery brushstroke, and other features – appealed to all schools. Having exhibited at the RA gained Dobell a certain conservative following, which remained until increasing numbers of returning Australian expatriates, and a growing body of migrant artists, claimed him as the figurehead of the Sydney modernist wartime movement.
The circumstances and pressures of the times, the life and environment of Sydney, soon gave his work a new, added vitality. With two other painters, James Cook and Joshua Smith, he engaged in war service, first in a camouflage unit and then in the Civil Construction Corps as a labourer before receiving an appointment as an official war artist. The experience provided a succession of portrait subjects that gave full scope to talents expressed with an underlying quality of Cockney whimsicality already evident in his pictures of London costermongers. His best portraits, The Billy Boy, The Strapper, Scotty Allan, The Cypriot, all resulted from this wartime period of inspiration.
In 1944 he made a final sensational break with local academic tradition by winning the 1943 Archibald prize with a portrait of his colleague, Joshua Smith. The notoriety resulting from this award made his name known throughout Australia, but it had an inhibiting effect on his work because of the disproportionate publicity attached to everything he painted afterwards. He was offered tempting commissions, many of which represented subjects quite alien to his temperament; after a life of comparative poverty in London for ten years, the sudden accession to fame and wealth did his work more harm than good.
In 1948 he attained further celebrity by winning the Archibald and Wynne prizes simultaneously, the Archibald with a baroque-styled portrait, Margaret Olley, the Wynne with a landscape, Storm Approaching, Wangi. He visited and worked in New Guinea, 1950-51, and on his return was commissioned by the Commonwealth Government to paint a landscape in celebration of Commonwealth Jubilee year.
Towards 1956 his health deteriorated and seemed in danger of total collapse; he celebrated his recovery with a third successful Archibald painting in 1959, the subject being his surgeon, Dr Edward McMahon. Dobell won the £1500 Australian Women’s Weekly portrait prize with a portrait of Helena Rubinstein in 1957, and Time magazine commissioned a cover portrait of the Prime Minister, the Rt Hon. Robert G. Menzies, in 1960. These events were to be the precursors of great changes not only in Dobell’s own affairs but also in the local status of all artists; by 1962 the economic status of artists throughout Australia bore little relationship to the conditions of 1939. Dobell was affected rather more than his contemporaries.
In 1962 he had the experience of seeing pictures for which he would probably have accepted £50 at the time they were painted sold at auction for prices up to £7000. The crowning touch to Dobell’s career was a large retrospective exhibition held at the AGNSW in July 1965: it comprised 224 pictures from all periods.
The last years of his life were spent living alone in his house at Lake Macquarie, the only diversion from painting being the visits of his more intimate friends and drinks in the evening at the local pub. After his death the whole of his estate went to the creation of the Dobell Foundation.

No blue skies, just beaches

by iandsmith

Living handy to the beach has one plus that most people don't normally associate with such things. You get to see storms up close and personal. You also get to see the after effects, such as rainbows. For years I've been trying to grab a shot of a rainbow but never been satisfied. Though other people commented favourably I'm harder to please but this time I was at home when it started to happen and I grabbed my gear, raced up to Bar Beach and snapped off a few. At last I found happiness.

Beach walking

by iandsmith

Gosh, a lovely spring day, lots of sunshine, a cool sea breeze, what to do?
There are worse things in the world than going for a walk along the beach or just beside the beach, something Novocastrians do a lot of.
I've chosen just one beach here, Nobbys, because it's the best one to walk along and also one of the most benign in the city.
Created by an artificial breakwall put in to Nobbys headland and then beyond it's a lovely place to stroll with views down the harbour on one side and the ocean on the other.
You might see surfers, kite surfers, kayakers, swimmers and even a little wildlife.
Try it sometime, you'll enjoy it I'm sure.


by Linda_T

Visit Morpeth - In the heart of Hunter River Country, just a few kilometres from Maitland is the historic village of Morpeth. Classified by the National Trust, Morpeth was established in 1821 on the banks of the Hunter River. It was once a thriving river port for ships taking goods around Australia and the world. Visitors can meander through the village with a self-guided heritage walk brochure and look at the beautiful sandstone buildings and pathways.


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