NOAH'S marks milestone

Meaning "rest and comfort" in Hebrew, NOAH'S has delivered from day one.

CELEBRATE WITH NOAH'S: As part of the 30-year celebration of family ownership, NOAH'S on the Beach is asking Novocastrians to share their favourite NOAH'S memory on Facebook and possibly win an accommodation package.

CELEBRATE WITH NOAH'S: As part of the 30-year celebration of family ownership, NOAH'S on the Beach is asking Novocastrians to share their favourite NOAH'S memory on Facebook and possibly win an accommodation package.

QUALITY Hotel NOAH'S on the Beach is celebrating 30 years of family ownership in June 2019.

Built to international standards of the day, NOAH'S opened on September 2, 1972.

Meaning "rest and comfort" in Hebrew, NOAH'S has delivered from day one.

The hotel was purchased by Ted Hawcroft in 1989.

Born at Cessnock, the son of a coal miner, Ted was an entirely a self-made man who had a diverse business career that included; hat making, printing, tin mining, shoes, pubs, motels, construction and cattle farming. He also successfully bred thoroughbreds at his upper hunter stud.

Not one for sitting around, Ted quickly took advantage of the hotel's unique beachfront position and added the ocean view function rooms to cater for weddings and conferences.

The hotel soon became a favourite among Novocastrians to celebrate their special occasions.

Always a character, many people have fond memories of their encounters with Ted who would often be seen walking his black standard poodle, named Bill Smith, along the Newcastle foreshores.

A painting depicting this is hanging in the hotel foyer.

When Ted retired, his son Martin took over as manager.

Martin was passionate about food and very proud of NOAH'S award-winning restaurant.

He was well known and respected in Newcastle until his untimely death in 2012.

In 30 years, NOAH'S has traversed fax, telex and handwritten paper reservation cards to NBN and state-of-the-art systems.

Staff uniforms have reflected the fashion of the eras and the facility has seen the closure of BHP and the transformation of a steel town into the cosmopolitan, cultural mecca Newcastle is today.

What hasn't changed in 30 years are the migrating whales, and the stunning sight of scores of coal tankers lined on the evening horizon like a twinkling floating city.

"I've worked at NOAH's for 28 years because it's family owned, and staff are made to feel part of the family," says Front Office Manager Louise Lister who has worked at NOAH'S since 1991.

"There's a great deal of love that we feel from generations of families returning to the hotel for weddings, birthdays, New Year's Eve, Christmas, Mother's Day, Melbourne Cup, and other family occasions," says current GM, Debera Mackenzie, who has worked at NOAH'S for over 12 years.

The team at NOAH'S are excited about the nostalgia being showcased this month, sharing so much history.

Throughout June, flash-back menu specials will feature in NOAH'S restaurant famously overlooking Newcastle Beach.

Novocastrians are also asked to share with NOAH'S their favourite memory at the iconic site.

The winner will receive an overnight accommodation package, with an ocean view room and breakfast for 2.

Message your 'Favourite Memory' entry to NOAH'S Facebook page, and images if you have them, for your chance to win.

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