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The Obelisk tablet commorates the early days of sailing in the port of Newcastle and details the historical background of the structure. The obelisk was erected in 1850 as a guide to shipping. 

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
Long: 151.778845
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Tuesday 17th August, 1937
Front Inscription

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
approaching Newcastle.

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.


Source: MA
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