History and Heritage

City of Newcastle respects and acknowledges those who came before us, the Traditional Custodians of the land on which our city is built, and all of those who have contributed to the city of Newcastle.

We work with our community to identify, protect, support and promote our city's rich cultural heritage, so that it can be appreciated today and by future generations. Heritage consists of those places and objects, including private and public buildings, parks and memorials, records and stories with special historical, cultural, social, architectural, archaeological, natural or aesthetic value. Our heritage gives us a sense of living history and provides a physical link to the work and way of life of previous generations. It enriches our lives and helps us understand who we are today.

Our Heritage Strategy (PDF) gives an overview of City of Newcastle’s approach to managing and regulating heritage in Newcastle. It is based on the principles and processes of the Burra Charter and best practice.

Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal Culture

Aboriginal culture in our City is enduring but also changing. It is ancient but also new. Connection to the landscape and each other. It is an essential part of the identities of Aboriginal people and all Australians.
Heritage Attractions

Heritage Attractions

Newcastle is one of Australia's oldest and most interesting cities. Containing a quirky blend of new and old architecture, a rich indigenous history, a working harbour and fabulous beaches.
Heritage Research and Publications

Heritage Research and Publications

Here you will find some our favourite local, NSW and Australian resources to research heritage and history. We have also produced many publications and documents to help our community protect and celebrate our rich cultural heritage.
Heritage and Development

Heritage and Development

Own a heritage item or live in a heritage conservation area and need to know how to get consent to do an alteration or addition? Or perhaps need to do ground excavation works at your property which may disturb archaeology or Aboriginal objects?