Newcastle is a city and port in New South Wales, Australia. It lies at the mouth of the Hunter River, 104 miles northeast of Sydney. Its main industries are coal, iron and steel, metallurgy, engineering, shipbuilding, mineral sands mining and textiles.
Background to Twinning
The link with Newcastle, New South Wales, is an historical one as many of their citizens are emigrants who originate from Newcastle upon Tyne and the North East. The link was formalised in 1987 when an 'Australia Week' was held, culminating in the official document signing. Because of the distance between the two cities the main emphasis of the link is social. We receive quite a number of Australian visitors who are returning to England to visit relatives or investigate their family history. In addition, there have been professional exchanges and encouragement is given to schools to correspond.
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