© 2018 Greg & Sylvia RAY

Our Town Revisited

Full colour photographs of Newcastle and the Hunter Region, from the 1950s to the 1990s, with a section on the 1989 earthquake – to mark the 30th anniversary of the disaster. Now in stock.

Welcome to Photo Time Tunnel!

Greg and Sylvia Ray’s books of historical photographs of Newcastle NSW and the Hunter Region have brought back memories of times past to thousands of people since the series began in 2010 with the best-selling Newcastle, The Missing Years. 

Since then, the couple has acquired a very large library of images, mostly depicting the Hunter Region but also other parts of Australia and New Zealand.  

Greg and Sylvia have decided to launch this website as an online shop for their books, but also as a platform to display and market images and other material from their collections. 

It is planned to steadily upload images and articles on a variety of related topics in the months and years to come. 

Sign up now to be advised of new developments with Greg and Sylvia’s collections, and to be the first to find out when new sets of images and material are uploaded to this site. 


Ken Magor was a passionate Newcastle-based collector of transport and fire brigade memorabilia who, at the time of his death in 1993, had amassed about 250,000 photographic negatives, in addition to a huge collection of other items.





Greg Ray

Greg Ray was a journalist at the Newcastle Herald from 1984 to 2015, during which time he covered many of the paper’s reporting rounds, won numerous awards and was twice a finalist in the national Walkley Awards.

Sylvia Ray

Sylvia Ray has an honours degree in fine arts from the University of Newcastle. She has a strong interest in various branches of art, including photography, ceramics and print-making and is a frequent contributor to exhibitions. She has a strong interest in Arts-Health.

Greg and Sylvia have been married since 1989 and they have three children. Since 2010 Greg and Sylvia have collaborated on 10 books of collected historical photographs of Newcastle and the Hunter.


IN THE 1960s

Showcases the work of husband and wife photographic and writing team Ron and Elizabeth Morrison, who operated their own press agency in Newcastle in the 1960s, providing regional illustrations to newspapers and magazines around Australia. The book is a vibrant kaleidoscope of people and places in Newcastle and Hunter during the confident decade of the sixties. [FIND OUT MORE…]


The Hunter Region in The Great War: “A unique and absorbing study of the impact of The Great War on the Hunter and its people, revealed through letters, diaries and other primary sources woven into a narrative by writer Greg Ray”.

Special price – now discounted to $30

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