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Vera Deacon was Guest Speaker at the 2012 International Women’s Day Dinner held on the 9th March 2012.

The Event was sponsored by the Newcastle Branch of the Union of Australian Women and held at The Adamstown Club Brunker Road Adamstown.

Vera was introduced by Janet Mundie and spoke on “Life by the Hunter River – Then and Now”

Vera is described as “an island girl who has tried to make the world a better place”

Her speech covered the followed topics including Prime Minister Julia Gillard and the current toxic state of politics and political debate in Australian media, University published book ‘100 Women’, Dr Jean Talbot, Donna Meehan, Hunter Valley and its ongoing care, 101st Anniversary of International Women’s Day, Winning of the Women’s Vote in Australia, Rose Scott, Scott Sisters, Ash Island, Women’s Suffrage Movement, History of Women’s Vote in Australia, ‘My Brilliant Career’, Vera’s early years, Woodstock Street Oakley’s Paddock, Hanbury Street Mayfield, Midwifery, Nurse Whiteman’s Lying In Home, Father works at BHP Coke Ovens, Family moves to Dempsey Island, then Mosquito Island, Labour Movement, Depression Camps, Platt’s Channel, Shortland Camp, Mayfield West Camp, Dole, Vera’s pedigree convicts Irish Catholics bullock driver, Aunty Nola Hawken, Awabakal People, convict women on Nobbys, Lysaghts Girls, Josephine Conway, Marilla North, Janet Copley, Charlie Skene, Vera’s father’s life, Big Ben, Soviet Union, Min Wilson, Communist Party of Newcastle, Socialists, Feminists, Reading, Migrants, Jessie Street and The Women’s Charter, Stockholm Appeal, Ban the Bomb, Dorothy Hewett, Nuclear tests and diseases of Children, Peace, Germaine Greer and the struggle for women’s rights across the world.


This listing of archives relating to the history of student organisations and political affairs deposited in the University’s Archives since 1975 was compiled by Mr Gregg Heathcote.

It includes material from the Newcastle University Students’ Association (NUSA), (1965 – Present) the organisation representing undergraduate and post graduate students at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

The organisation focuses on advocacy, political representation and organising as well as providing welfare services and supporting a student based food co-operative.

NUSA publishes the student magazine Opus.

The listing also includes archives relating to the Student Representative Council (SRC), related clubs and societies, photographs, ephemera and publications.

There is also material from its predecessor organisation, Newcastle University College Students’ Association (NUCSA) (1953-1965) with Minutes from its first meeting held on the 29th April 1953.

There is also material from the Student Representative Council and bodies of the Newcastle Teacher’s College (NTC) and subsequent incarnations as the Newcastle College of Advanced Education (NCAE) and Hunter Institute of Higher Education (HIHE) including the student publication Altjiringa.

Archives Listing of the Newcastle University Students’ Association (NUSA) (140KB PDF file)