Major ports generate wealth and skill. With colonisation, new industries grew: lime burning, potteries, cedar export, soap making, fishing and boat building. Coal, steel, power generation and the port then drove the region’s economy for nearly two centuries. The activity brought railways, trucking and construction. Engineering became important and our reputation for smart solutions grew. Boat and ship building became important here in Newcastle as a natural outcome.
Come and see the background of Walsh Island – transformed from tidal mud banks to a hub hosting 2,500 jobs. Read about the Newcastle State Dockyard and the technically advanced ships built. Learn how heavy engineering became a large part of commercial activity in Newcastle.