Adamstown was established
in 1869 between the Borehole and New Lambton where Thomas Adams of Blane Street, Newcastle purchased 54 acres of
Crown land. He planned to subdivide the land into small allotments
to be sold at
reasonable rates so as to encourage settlement however the land was sold to Thomas and Henry Bryant
who later subdivided it.
The Post Office constructed in 1875, was located in Victoria Street. Mrs. Anne Syme was the first postmistress. Also
situated in Victoria
Street for many years was the Police Station which was manned by one officer until
1899 when a second constable was appointed.
Described in the Newcastle Directory 1881 as a village about four miles
from Newcastle, Adamstown could boast a stately Public School, Mechanics' Institute and
Assembly Rooms where concerts etc were held. There were three hotels,
four general stores and one place of worship to cater to the
population of 400 - mainly coal miners and their families.
The public school had an enrolment of 250 pupils
The schoolmaster was Mr.
R. McCredie with Miss
Conolly the assistant.
The Newcastle Primitive Methodist Church
established a church in Adamstown in 1874. Cornelius Decker commenced a Sunday
School in May. For an account of the early history of the church in Adamstown
By 1891 the population of Adamstown had reached 2,030 and ten years
later in 1901 the population had increased sufficiently to support communication
with the city of Newcastle by rail, tramway and omnibus. A
large public hall had been constructed as well as three churches, fire brigade,
Council Chambers and a brick works - a popular spot for local children to fish
The School Master in 1900 was
J.C. Cosgrove, Postmaster -
William Lee, Fire
brigade Captain - James Bullerwell, Baker -
John Sheedy, Butchers -
Bush and R. Talbott, Medical Practitioner -
Dr. A. J. Harwood, Storekeepers -
E. Davenport, A. E. Eldrid, T. Hedley, W. Johnson, T.
Robinson, A. Taylor, C. Turnbull and Ann Turnbull
Soccer was a popular sport in Adamstown and many of
the town's sons went on to represent Australia as Soccer internationals.
The first meeting was held in a cricket shed at
Adamstown Park on Monday 12 July, 1889. A further meeting was held on 21st
August 1889 when the decision was made to name the club Adamstown Rosebuds.
The first colours were - White shirt, blue sash and dark trousers of knee
length. The 1925 squad won the State Championship - the Gardiner Cup - and
helped move the balance of power in NSW soccer to the north. Seven members
of that team were selected to play in the northern representative team against
the touring English professionals that year.
House built by William Lambert, Victoria
Street Adamstown c.1900
James Mitchell (Jim) Bailey Street Adamstown c.
1920's (from the collection of J & I Savage)
Margaret Isabella Mitchell (Gurr) 'Bella' c. 1920.
Resided in Adamstown all her life. (From the collection of J & I
Football Team - State Champions (Gardiner Cup) Northern District Champions (Kerr
Cup). Season 1925. Back Row - (L to R) J. J. Cameron (pres), A.Harris, A.
Smith, A. Lambert,
Second Row: D.
Williams (Selector), L. Bailey, J. Bush (Vice-Cap), V. Turnbull, P. Doyle (Cap),
J. Cameron (treas), Front Row: A. Harris, A. Cameron, G. Russell, D. McCalister,
A. Dunne, H. Dent, R. Lindus (Mascot), Inset: J. Johns, C. Weatherburn
Arthur Lambert _ Newcastle Soccer. c.
Adamstown Ellis Cup Winners
Click to enlarge
Back: T Jennings Trainer, F
Rushman Linesman, R Matthews Chairman, W Da ? (Day ?) Vice President
Next Standing: J Pollock
Hon Treas, J Hall Vice Pres, W Ambler Vice Pres, R B Talbot Pres, A
Edden MLA Patron, S Powell Vice Pres, D Filby Vice Pres, J Roddom
Sitting: J D Hamilton Sec, F
Elgey, J Watt, J Nix, RR Elgey Capt, J Doyle, F Jennings, W Harris, R
Front: M O Hagen, W Maxwell, W F Hamilton, George
Thomson 'Tam'Russell (holding the ball),
E Clarke, David Gibson Russell (brother
My thanks to Robert Russell
for supplying the above photograph
Where did your parents/grandparents
go to school?
HERE to read an article from the Sydney Herald
written in 1936 giving a brief history of schools at Mayfield,
Wickham, Bolton Street and Cooks Hill, Adamstown and New Lambton,
Wallsend, Plattsburg, West Wallsend, Tighes Hill, Stockton,
Islington and Merewether. Includes lists of headmasters of the
Laying the Foundation
Stone at Adamstown Public School - Newcastle Chronicle 30 August
Public School Principals (Showing Dates of
Robert McCredie - July 1877
Andrew Herd - January 1889
Louis Price - October 1889
William Bateson - April 1891
Arthur Buchanan - May 1896
John Cosgrove - June 1899
A. Cousins - November 1903
John Porteous - April 1904
Walter Vout - April 1911
J.R. Bridle - August 1913
Patrick Riley - January 1918
Stanley Callaghan - March 1924
George Martin - November 1924
W.L. Frew - May 1925
Michael Mahoney - May 1929
John Curry - January 1931
Horace Martin - November1935
Frederick Tyler - July 1940
Cyril Jones - January 1944
Samuel McMartin - January 1952
Arthur Butterfield - May 1958
Leonard Kaye - January 1961
Alan West - May 1963
John C. Brown (Acting Principal) -
Victor Bensley - January 1974
Adamstown Public School - Click to
Adamstown Trades and Professions 1901
(Federal Directory of Newcastle)
Sheedy, John, Union Street
Baker, George M., Brunker Rd.
Howell, David, Glebe Rd.
BOOT & SHOEMAKERS
Farmer, J.M., Brunker Rd.
George, E., Brunker Rd.
Hansen, P., Union Street
Adamstown Steam Brick co.
Cottrell, Thomas, New Lambton Estate
Hammon, Wm., New Lambton Estat4e
Wood, James, New Lambton Estate
Dowling, W., William St.
Howarth, Henry, Brunker St.
Bush, Arthur, Narara Rd.
Talbott, R. B., Union St.
Gray, James, Crown St.
Jenkins, S. Thomas St.
Johns, James, Thomas St.
Johns, Thomas, Fairfield
Talbott, E.A., Thomas St.
Shaw, Anthony, Brunker Rd.
Davis, William, Union Street
Hall, J.F., Union St.
Adamstown, Turnbull, S., Union Street
Royal Crown, Carnley A., Union Street
Royal Standard, Simmonds, Joseph Victoria Street,
Harwood, Dr. A. J., Charlestown Rd
Bell, Thomas Brunker Rd.
Robinson J., New Lambton Estate
Davis, J. Belmore Rd.
Johnson, William, Brunker Rd
Strick, Wm., Henry, Charlestown Rd.
Davenport, J. E., Bourke Street
Eldrid, A.E., Union Street,
Hedley, Thomas, Brunker Rd.,
Johnson, William, Brunker Rd.,
Robinson, T. Union Street,
Taylor, A.C., Glebe Rd.,
Turnbull, Charles, Victoria Street,
Turnbull Ann, Union Street,
Dodd, A. Union Street
Shaw, A. Brunker Rd.,
Carrington Hall Company
Gray, James, Crown Street.
Hall, William, Victoria Street
Primitive Methodist Church, Adamstown
Adamstown originally was
part of the Newcastle Primitive Methodist Circuit, which began with the
formation of a society in 1852. The beginning of the work in Adamstown came
with the starting of a Sunday School there by Cornelius Decker in May 1874.
About three months later Rev. Samuel Gilby, the second minister of the
Newcastle circuit, conducted the first service in the open air beside a
turpentine log. At the quarterly meeting, on June 1 1874, Adamstown is first
officially mentioned in a brief minute, 'That Adamstown came on to the
Much of the land on which
the suburb now built was commonage. The church, like many of the residents,
'sat down' on the land, depending on the Governmental promise that the
common would be sub divided and sold.
A little wooden church was
first erected on the site now occupied by the Public School, financed by an
arrangement with Richard Hall. When the Education Department required a
site, it built a school close to the little church and told the Methodists
to move to the opposite vacant corner. There was no alternative but to obey,
and they removed their church bodily to the site of the Jubilee Church. In
July, 1879, an addition was made to the building.
Expansion necessitated a
larger church, and in 1884 the present Sunday School Hall was erected. This
was a venture of faith, for the scheme cost
and there was still no title of the land. It was not until October 30, 1890
after 12 years had elapsed, and after strong efforts to dispossess them were
made, that those pioneers had the land legally secured to them.
In 1885 the Newcastle
Primitive Methodist circuit was divided with Rev. John Penman as first
minister of the newly formed Burwood (Merewether) circuit. The work
extended, and a second minister, Rev. Wm. Atkinson, was appointed three
In 1892 the Charlestown
circuit was formed, with Rev. James Green as first minister.
The saddest experience
through which these circuits passed was the Dudley colliery disaster, on
March 21 1898, when 15 lives were lost. Most of the men were Methodists,
chiefly from the Charlestown circuit, but the disaster took from Adamstown
its 'grand old man, ' Thomas Hetherington.
With the coming of
Methodist Union in 1902, Adamstown was formed into a circuit comprising
Adamstown, Cardiff, Charlestown, Dudley, Redhead and Belmont with Rev. John
Calvert as first minister. The immediate need was a parsonage. The people
rallied to the project and on July 10 1902, only three months after the
minister's arrival, a contract for
A further step was taken
when Rev. Alex Stephen initiated a scheme for a modern brick Church. Year by
year funds were raised for the purpose, and in 1914 the scheme was about to
be launched when the World War intervened. The proposal was delayed until
1824. Then a tender for
was accepted, and the foundation stone laid on May 17. The Jubilee church
was opened and dedicated by the President of the conference, Rev. J.C. Hill,
On November 15, in Rev. C. J. MacAulay's second term.
The circuit was divided to
form the Charlestown circuit in 1925.
In its present activities
the church maintains its tradition as a live spiritual agency. The young
people are served by Intermediate and Junior C. E. Societies, Senior and
Junior Knights and M.G.C. and Ryas. The Intermediate C. E. usually forms the
morning choir. A strong Ladies' Church Aid is functioning also a Ladies'
Auxiliary to Overseas Missions and a War Comforts Society.
Outside preaching places
are Kahibah and Kotara. At the latter services are held in a private house -
that of Mr. J. Davies, Gregory Parade. The N.S.W. Development Committee has
undertaken the building of a church there as soon as preliminaries permit. A
site to serve Kotara and Orchadtown has been secured.
Kahibah church was built by
voluntary labour when Rev. Charles Viney was at Charlestown.
Ministers at Adamstown
since Union have been Revs. John Calvert, J. Scharkie, A. Stephen, A.
Cooper, C.J. MacAulay (twice), J.J. Boyd, J.W. Dains, J.H. Margetts, B.H.
Willis, J. Wadkin, P. Williams, W.H. Butler, H.E. Cosier and A. Collins
(Glory Be 1845- 1945.
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the First Wesleyan
Chapel in Newcastle, p27)
in World War 1
to find a list of one hundred and fourteen
Adamstown men who enlisted in the AIF in World War
1 (from AIF Project site)
Morning, Herald article 8.7.1989,
Directory 1901, The Newcastle Directory 1880.
Adamstown Public School Centenary booklet 1877 - 1977
Glory Be 1845- 1945.
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the opening of the First Wesleyan
Chapel in Newcastle"