ALBERT “Tot” Young was a popular lifeguard at Newcastle’s beaches and baths for many years. The council-employed inspector taught many Novocastrians to swim, and this photograph, taken by Ron Morrison in February 1961, shows him with some of his young pupils.
Also shown here is a photo of campers at Belmont in January 1960. The photo was taken for a local newspaper to illustrate a story about the allegedly primitive camping facilities – although the campers in the photo seem to be coping quite well.
The third picture shows a Ford Zephyr resting on its roof after an accident at Hamilton in November 1959. Interested onlookers are gathering around near the Jenner Parade street sign.
These photos and many more appear in the new book, Newcastle in the 1960s, published by Greg and Sylvia Ray, showcasing the work of Hunter husband-and-wife team Ron and Liz Morrison.
During the 1960s, the Morrisons’ press agency was kept busy meeting the demands of newspapers and magazines for photographs that illustrated everything from major news events to quirky stories and celebrity trivia. Many of the photos were for media clients, others were commercial jobs and still others were taken for artistic or academic purposes. The Morrisons also produced a string of books including photographic collections, children’s stories and even a book on English grammar.
Newcastle in the 1960s is the ninth book published by the Rays. The book costs $40 and is available from the Herald offices at 28 Honeysuckle Drive, from our online shop (theherald.mybigcommerce.com) and from participating newsagents and booksellers.