Social Responsibility

1. Sponsorship

Click on the link above to find out more about some of the organisations that the Corporation supports

As a member of the local community, Newcastle Port Corporation supports various causes through sponsorships. Support is offered across a range of projects which can be environmental, educational, research, business and even port welfare. A number of sponsorships are detailed below.

If you wish to approach the Corporation for sponsorship it is suggested that you click on the following to obtain a Sponsorship Application and Sponsorship Guidelines to assist in an application.

Newcastle Port Corporation – proud to be supporting the local community! 

2. History

Click on the link above to find out more about the history of the Port of Newcastle – Australia’s First Port!

Newcastle has come a long way from its humble beginnings. The first sighting of what was to become Newcastle was in 1770, when Captain James Cook described Nobby's as "a small clump of an island lying close to shore".

In 1797 Lieutenant John Shortland discovered the Hunter River and the coal that dotted the shoreline which became Australia's first commercial export cargo two years later in 1799. The settlement that was formed was originally called Kings Town but was renamed Newcastle in 1804.

In 1818 Governor Macquarie ordered the start of the breakwater between Nobbys island and the shore. Construction on the breakwater past Nobbys began in 1875.

In 1915 BHP's Newcastle steelworks opened, making Newcastle an Australia's heavy industrial centre.

From sailing ships and shovels we have progressed to today's modern technology of open cut mines, huge shiploaders, containerisation and some of the largest bulk carriers in the world entering the port.

3. Students

Click on the link above for more information on the port or if you are interested in studying maritime subjects

Did you know that Nobbys historic lighthouse still operates every night of the year?

Did you know that coal exported from the Port of Newcastle in 1799 was Australia’s first export commodity?

There are many different occupations within the maritime industry including boat building, diving, navigation, engineering, logistics, aquaculture…!!