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110 High Street
Maitland NSW 2320

Tel: +61 2 4931 2800
Fax: +61 2 4931 2811

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.maitlandhuntervalley.com.au

The Origins of Maitland

The City of Maitland as we know it today did not always operate as one entity. Maitland originally consisted of three separate towns; West Maitland, East Maitland, and Morpeth. West Maitland, now recognised as Maitland, was privately established and was successful because of its proximity to the river. East Maitland was founded by the New South Wales government and Morpeth was owned by Lieutenant E.C Close. Each town functioned as if they were separate municipalities.

110 High Street
Maitland NSW 2320

Tel: +61 2 4931 2800
Fax: +61 2 4931 2811

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.maitlandhuntervalley.com.au

The Establishment of East Maitland

In the early 1820s the New South Wales government sought to make Morpeth its official town; however its founder Lieutenant Close was not willing to relinquish his grant as it was obvious that the port of Morpeth was to become a hive of activity, providing the surrounding areas with transport to the markets of Sydney and beyond.

By 1823 a series of land grants had been made in the vicinity of Wallis Plains and the development of a town begun there. However, due to periodic flooding, it was realised that the location was unsuitable for a major town. The limits of the government town were therefore specified on the rise above Wallis Plains, overlooking the valley and some miles inland from Morpeth.

Generous provision was made for public buildings, churches, schools and public reserves; many of which remain today. These include the Maitland Gaol, Court House, St Peter’s Church, Lands Office, a number of inns and several significant sites. The township was officially proclaimed in 1833 and is now known as East Maitland.

 

 

110 High Street
Maitland NSW 2320

Tel: +61 2 4931 2800
Fax: +61 2 4931 2811

Email: [email protected]
Web: www.maitlandhuntervalley.com.au

The Merge

There was great rivalry between the towns of East and West Maitland, with East Maitland suffering most due to their lack of running water, which prevented trade in the area. It wasn’t until after the inevitable amalgamation occurred in 1945 that this rivalry ceased, and the City of Maitland came into existence.