Lost islands of the Hunter River
A view of the Hunter River, showing Platts Channel and Spit Island, from the site of the former Murray Dwyer orphanage, circa 1930s.

Lost islands of the Hunter River

Kooragang Island is a name with little romance for most Hunter people. The name connotes a polluted wasteland permeated by the toxic legacy of generations of heavy industry. But it…

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Wartime fears of a seaman’s daughter
Wounded seaman being carried from the damaged freighter Allara in Newcastle, 1942

Wartime fears of a seaman’s daughter

FOR young Daphne Roper the most important thing about any ship entering Newcastle Harbour in the difficult years of World War II was its funnel. Daphne’s father Alexander McMorran was…

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