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Newcastle is a city in the state of New South Wales in southeastern Australia. It is the second most-populated metropolitan area in its state. It is located at the mouth of the Hunter River.

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

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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.

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