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I was only 12 when I witnessed all of the massive changes in Newcastle, including the gigantic shopping centre (Myer Centre Newcastle City), with new buildings along the beach strip. There will be a hotel tower under construction next door to my regular ice cream store, and Newcastle are changing. It is the year of 1991, and it is my first time I ever got lost in Newcastle. I was wandering around the brand new suburbs with all of the houses and everything - at Newcastle South East and Miller's End suburb expansions. I remember I reacted greatly at Newcastle's redevelopments, and remembered asking my mother "Is it Newcastle?" I remember my parents took me to a weekend holiday, to Hidden Cove, around fifteen minutes of drive away from Newcastle where you can find most beautiful beach, most amazing rock pool with waterfalls along with cliff edging up the beach in a narrow cove. I love this cove, it is way better than Craigs' Cove. Anyway, when my parents drove me there, I saw a really long construction fence along the main road, and saw a sign "Newcastle Airport Under Construction". Seriously? A new airport for Newcastle? It is not even a city yet, still a village... well, a busy village.

I saw a huge development of modern houses next door to the airport, edging around Pullman Beach, and the town is getting more and more crazy every year. I remember what Newcastle was like in 1987, and now, it is 1991, only four years later - Newcastle have changed dramatically. There are some rumours that McDonalds, Subway, KFC and Dominoes Pizza will establish their store here at the town centre, and I was hoping that it didn't happen otherwise increasing the cost of living, increasing the grocery prices etc. After the establishment of Maccas and other big-brand companies, then Newcastle are on the way to be the new big city.


Myer Centre Newcastle City

The new shopping centre for the town.


Main Street, Newcastle Town Centre. You can see the small office building (built in 1985), and the new shopping centre (built in 1990/1991).


Aerial view of Newcastle town centre.


Mates Day, 18th December, 1991.

This picture won the local picture competition, and I was the photographer. In that time, I was only 12 and extremely proud of it. Sorry, Newcastle town centre skyline is blocked by Home Hill (left) with two transmitter towers.

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