Earthquake Then and Now

01 Dec 2014 - 08 Feb 2015

At 10:27am, 28 December 1989, an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale shook Newcastle, resulting in 13 deaths and massive property damage. The earthquake surprised Novocastrians despite previous recorded earthquakes.

This December marks 25 years since the earthquake which altered not only the built environment of Newcastle but also the community’s identity, nationally and internationally. This traumatic event led to a rebuilding, resilience and life altering rebirth.

Earthquake Then and Now is an attempt to discover how we have changed since that fateful day. It examines individual’s stories of growth and recovery, loss and change. It is an intimate visual glimpse into the past to see how we as a community have grown. Earthquake Then and Now is all about us, who we were and where our future lies.


Newcastle Museum
6 Workshop Way