Greg and Sylvia Ray's new book looks back at the way the Hunter worked.

JOBS and workplaces of the Hunter’s past are the focus of a new book by writer Greg Ray and his wife Sylvia.

FRONT COVER: A construction worker at Kurri Kurri's Alcan aluminium smelter in 1968. The Way We Worked is the seventh historical book from Greg and Sylvia Ray.

FRONT COVER: A construction worker at Kurri Kurri's Alcan aluminium smelter in 1968. The Way We Worked is the seventh historical book from Greg and Sylvia Ray.

Spanning a range of activities, from coalmining and steelmaking to teaching, retail and the media, farming and the waterfront, The Way We Worked draws on the Rays’ extensive collection of photographs and negatives, plus many more loaned or given to them by readers of the pair’s previous books.

NEW DAY:  Workers, many of them from Eastern Europe, starting their first shift at Newcastle's BHP steelworks in 1955. Picture: Horst Griep

NEW DAY: Workers, many of them from Eastern Europe, starting their first shift at Newcastle's BHP steelworks in 1955. Picture: Horst Griep

The Way We Worked is the duo’s seventh book, following their best-selling Newcastle: the Missing Years, published in 2010.

Greg Ray said one challenge with the latest book was choosing what to include.

“We called it The Way We Worked, Volume 1 because there is so much material still to draw on and we expect readers will contact us with more images and stories for future volumes,” he said.

* The Way We Worked, Volume 1 is available from the Newcastle Herald front counter at 28 Honeysuckle Drive, Newcastle, our online bookstore accessed via theherald.com.au, and from participating newsagencies and booksellers. The book costs $40.

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