New Lambton's community spirit and separation from Lambton are highlighted in a new heritage walk for the suburb.
Heritage Now created the New Lambton Heritage Walk, with sponsorship from the City of Newcastle.
It follows the recent launch of the Hamilton Heritage Walk.
Crystal Phillips, a heritage consultant at Heritage Now, said the walk enables people to "take a step back into the past and see historic New Lambton".
Crystal said the walk informs people through an app "how the suburb evolved from a small miners' village, into a thriving independent township in 1889, to a modern suburb in the City of Newcastle".
She said many of the suburb's establishments "rose out of the determination and collaboration of past locals to separate New Lambton from its age-old rival Lambton".
"It is from this community spirit that New Lambton has transformed into the suburb we know and love today.
"The walk highlights key heritage buildings and stories in the area with a combination of written, audio and visual content."
At each stop, images compare the historic buildings and streetscapes of the 19th and 20th centuries to the New Lambton of today.
"You will see old pubs, schools, shops, community centres and more as the locals of the past knew them," she said.
This walk is designed to lead people to the "best viewing location of each stop to allow you to compare these historic images to the world today".
Part of the walk takes people back to 1909, with Arthur Payne having updated his 37-year-old family butcher business on Regent Street with "a nice new brick building".
He included "1872" on the building's top to "remind the community that he has been serving them for many decades."
Ralph Snowball - a photographer who lived at New Lambton at the time - recorded this new addition to the street, along with the butchers in their striped aprons.
Local kids join in the photo, "perhaps on their way to or from school". Look closely and you'll see the school fence reflected in the butcher's windows.
The New Lambton Heritage Walk is available on the City of Newcastle app. More details at heritagenow.com.au/newlambtonwalk.
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