Obelisk Commemorative Tablet Print Page
The Governor, this afternoon, officially opened the civic improvements at the Obelisk and unveiled on the Obelisk a commemorative tablet which was formerly used as a guide to mariners. Alderman Goold said " The Newcastle and Hunter District Historical Society, desirous of commemorating the early days of sail in the Port of Newcastle, and of those hardy mariners who braved the storms and gales in their tiny vessels, have placed a tablet on the Obelisk."
The Newcastle Sun (NSW), 17 August 1937.
|Address:||Wolfe & Ordnance Street, Obelisk, Newcastle, 2300|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -32.931967|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Monument Dedication Date:||Tuesday 17th August, 1937|
NEWCASTLE & HUNTER DISTRICT HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THIS OBELISK MARKS THE SITE OF NEWCASTLE'S FIRST WINDMILL.
ERECTED IN 1820, IT BECAME A NAVIGATING MARK FOR SHIPS
THE WINDMILL WAS DEMOLISHED IN 1847 AND, FOLLOWING UPON MANY PROTESTS BY SEAFARERS AND THE SHIPPING COMMUNITY GENERALLY, THE OBELISK WAS ERECTED IN 1850 AS A GUIDE TO SHIPPING. THIS TABLET TO COMMEMORATE THE EARLY DAYS OF SAIL IN THE PORT OF NEWCASTLE,
WAS UNVEILED BY HIS EXCELLENCY
THE GOVERNOR OF NEW SOUTH WALES
LORD WAKEHURST K.C.M.G.
AUGUST 17TH, 1937.