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Yallarwah Place, a hub for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander patients and their families required to travel to Newcastle for medical care, is set to mark its 25th anniversary in February 2024.

Established in 1999, Yallarwah Place has been a source of solace, support, and comfort for thousands of patients and their families across the district since its inception.

The hub features one of the earliest combined Indigenous and non-Indigenous memorials in this country, encompassing Uncle Bob’s accommodation centre (named after Aboriginal Elder, the late Robert Smith), as well as the Bicentenary Memorial Walk and Circle of Reflection.

Yallarwah Place was established by creator and publisher of Novocastrian Tales author, Paul F. Walsh OAM and Susan Harvey, and Deputy Head of the Wollotuka Institute at the University of Newcastle, Dr Raymond Kelly.

Coinciding with the celebration of the site's 25th anniversary, Hunter New England Local Health District, along with key partners, has committed to restoring Yallarwah Place - ensuring it's legacy and the support it offers patients and their families continues for many years to come.

To read the media release from the Hon. Ryan Park, MP, Minister for Health and Minister for Regional Health, click here.

Explore the resources below and discover the history of Yallarwah Place.

Hear from Sheryn Barrack, Manager Aboriginal Engagement and Yallarwah Place Restoration Project lead.

Explore the history

Living Histories: Yallarwah Place

Revisit the official opening of Yallarwah Place on Friday 19th February 1999 through this University of Newcastle Library Special Collection

Novocastrian Tales

Read about the Novocastrian Tales story - a special project that raised over $600,000 for Yallarwah Place

The Currawong Project

Learn about The Currawong Project and the significant role it played in the of Yallarwah Place legacy