Inner City Bypass build team digging into Newcastle’s history

17 March

The next stage of the Newcastle Inner City Bypass is getting closer with a new history project about to start near Lambton.

Transport for NSW Regional Director North, Anna Zycki said part of the Rankin Park to Jesmond route passes through land formerly known as the Lambton Camp, which was a shanty town occupied by homeless people from the Great Depression until about 1960.

“Very little remains of these tin shacks built in what was variously called Doggyville and Hollywood,” Ms Zycki said.

“The camp was built alongside what was the then Newcastle to Wallsend tramline and housed a community of up to 130 people, including families, who lived in about 40 different structures.

“To ensure any historically significant remains are collected and preserved, Transport for NSW is employing a specialist archaeological team to investigate and recover whatever artefacts can be found.”

Ms Zycki said alongside the recovery of the physical remains, the call is going out for anyone in the region who has information about the camp.

“We want to know more about the living conditions in this camp, who the residents were or what their daily lives were like,” Ms Zycki said.

“We want to hear from people who may have lived in the camp or whose relatives may have told them stories about living there, to make up an oral history.

“We also welcome contributions from local historians with information or pictures they’d like to share.

“The outcomes of the investigation and recovery of artefacts will be documented in an archaeological excavation report and will be available to students and historians via Newcastle City Council, local libraries and the local historical society.”

To make a contribution to the Hollywood Heritage Project, contact specialist archaeologist Kylie Seretis by Monday 5 April, via email at or by phone on 0450 909 483.

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