Lake Macquarie History

Cockle Creek News - staff newsletter of the Sulphide Corporation

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These staff newsletters were produced from April 1951 until the early 1990s. They are a valuable source of information on the industrial processes carried out at the site and highlight the importance of Sulphide to the development of Lake Macquarie.

photo: cockle creek news

Most importantly this data provides researchers with social context. Details on employees occupation, education, sporting interests, holidays and on occasion, even the car they drove make this a valuable tool for those researching their family history.

The pages of this newsletter also provide a valuable insight on how society has changed over time, through the windows of fashion, sport, motor vehicles, honeymoon destinations and recreational pursuits.

The May-June 1967 issue discusses the formation of a working party to "investigating the application of computers in the Commercial, Production and Technical areas and provide management with an indication as to the feasibility of a computer installation at Cockle Creek".

The investigation must have been favourable, because by the July 1969 issue we have news of a computer terminal being installed and how it is used to miraculously provide "access to a large central computer by way of the telephone lines."

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