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.  For boat and ship building to become important here in Newcastle was a natural outcome.

Come and see the background of Walsh Island – from the tidal mud banks to 2,500 jobs.  Read about the Newcastle State Dockyard and the technical advanced ships they built, and how heavy engineering became a big part of life in Newcastle.