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John Shortland was the first European to set foot on this land, in 1797, while searching for rebel convicts. Recognizing the advantageous location on the river, he encouraged the founding of a settlement here, and by 1799, Newcastle had become a major exporter of coal.
Today, Newcastle is known for its maritime industry, river and bay views, and beaches.
People Born in Newcastle
Newcastle in People's Lives
Edmund Barton: I met a young lady named Jane here in 1870, while on a cricket trip. At the time, I was one year away from graduating law school. We had a long courtship, and married in 1877.