Friday the 13th Tour of the Old Teachers College

As a fundraiser for NECOM, members of the public were invited to join us on a late-night tour of the historic CB Newling Building, known colloquially as the Old Teachers College. 160 participants signed up to explore the lowest levels of the building for one hour, learning about some of the history of the site along the way. Original bricks from the old goal, dating back to 1862, were pointed out in the chambers beneath the front stairs, with close to half a million of these repurposed to become the foundations of the new building in 1929. During the last of the four tours that night, a patron discovered an old identity tag in the art storage grids, with the name “VAN GOGH” mysteriously etched into the paper. Russ Bauer, Director of NECOM, hopes to learn more about this enigma through conversations with archivists at the Mitchell Library and the Art Gallery of NSW. For anyone who missed out on this interesting historical tour, another series of tours is being planned for Friday 13 July, 2018.