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Maitland is, realistically, two townships.
Both townships have an excess of impressive buildings and visitors, keen to see how gracious these towns, should allow time to explore their rich heritage. It is also worth remembering that Maitland, perhaps more than any other city in Australia, has been wracked by floods. The Hunter River, so close to the city and so prone to flooding, has broken its banks 15 times since European settlement and in it was so bad that it killed 14 people, prompting the construction of levees, spillways and flood channels to mitigate the effects.
Maitland has always been the principal town of the Hunter Valley although Newcastle would dispute this claim and consequently it has many historic buildings as well as a local brickworks, light industry, tourism and an open-cut mine. Many residents commute to the mines further north up the Hunter Valley and south to the Newcastle area although it is likely that coal will become increasingly unimportant in the next decade.
It will be totally replaced by vineyards and boutique food production. Maitland is located on the Maitland new south wales australia River 10 metres above sea level, km north of Sydney via the Pacific and New England Highways and 33 km north-west of Newcastle. Somehow the original name was lost. Bywhen the government town was proclaimed, it has become known as Maitland. The government town is currently known as East Maitland.
The Heritage Walks It is probably impossible to inspect all the historic buildings in the two Maitlands. There are entire streets that have rows of ificant buildings. However there is a sensible solution: get copies of the Maitland Heritage Walk Central Precinct and East Maitland Heritage Walk from the Visitor Information Centre and, by the time you have finished, you will have seen most of the prominent structures in the two centres. There is a clearly marked route around the town which starts at the Maitland Railway Station, goes up Church Street, down The Levee and High Street, and winds its way back to the station.
Of particular interest are the following buildings many of which are private and not open to the public :. Railway Station The railway from Newcastle and Sydney reached East Maitland in and Maitland new south wales australia Maitland in but this railway station was not built until the s.
It is a fine example of the Italianate style of railway station which was all the rage towards the end of the 19th century. Grand Junction Hotel Built inthis unusual hotel with its arches, keystones, bay verandas and pediments is an example of what is known as Federation Free Classical architecture. Sherbourne Located at 80 Church Street and built for local businessman, W. Luscombe, this is an elaborate brick and stucco Victorian Italianate building. Note the impressive, intricate ironwork on the verandas and the detailed plasterwork around the windows.
Grossman House and Brough House It is remarkable, so close to the main street of the town, to find two such elegant Victorian Regency houses. They were both built in as mirror images of each other. Cast iron adorns the upper balustrades and columns, with slender Doric columns to the ground floor. Both feature cedar ery, marble fireplaces, sandstone quoins, two-storey verandas with Doric Maitland new south wales australia below and, above, intricate cast-iron lacework, shuttered windows and French doors.
They are now owned by the National Trust Maitland new south wales australia are open The National Trust website notes: "In recent years the National Trust has restored the house to reflect the status and era of its Victorian owners. Gas lighting has been re-installed, and wallpapers recreated from surviving fragments. Characteristic furnishings, sourced as far as possible from the region, complete the experience.
Horbury Hunt. Note that the stone tracery is different on each of the windows. Blacket also deed the furnishings such as the complementary tracery panels of the pulpit and reading desk. The Maitland new south wales australia is from Sydney's St Andrew's Cathedral. The quite remarkable tower and spire were added in and dominate the city skyline.
Former Synagogue Located immediately adjacent to the Woolworths car park, this attractive and simple Victorian Romanesque building was deed by John W. Pender and built in It was the first rural Jewish synagogue in Australia but ceased being a place of worship in Maitland Court House At the corner of High Street and Sempill Street it is not listed on the brochure but is only a short distance further along High Street is the town's elegant Victorian courthouse and police station, built of dressed sandstone with a large clock tower topped by a copper-clad dome and an impressive courtyard.
It was deed by W. It was completed in Blackboy Statue In High Street, at the corner of Church and High Streets, is a relic from the past, a 'Blackboy' horse hitching post from the United States, made in the s and initially erected outside the post office in It has been on the present site since A rare colonial example of a Byzantine de it was built in and features round-headed windows and a two-storey arcaded veranda which bends around the corner into Elgin Street. It is particularly notable for its skilful use of curves which make it stand out from the other buildings on the street.
The Levee This is really an experiment in turning an historic area ly known as High Street into "a unique lifestyle precinct Post Office On the corner of High Street at the eastern end of The Levee and Bourke Street is the town's handsome post office, a two-storey rendered brick building deed by James Barnet with arcaded verandas and a bell-clock tower. The first section was completed and additions were made in It is a very fine example of a Victorian Italianate de of stucco on brick. It became a Pro Cathedral in but has been closed since being severely damaged by the Newcastle earthquake.
Initially a humble church it was built between and but was extended and upgraded to cathedral status in as the town grew. It closed when the Pro Cathedral opened inbecame the parish hall then, after the earthquake, became, once again, the cathedral. Its most distinctive feature is the tower capped with merlons and finials. Methodist Church The very substantial Methodist now Uniting Church was deed by John Wright and built in to a Victorian Gothic style which was remarkably free from ornamentation.
It reflects the austere style of the Methodist Church at the time. Mansfield, is an Italianate Classical Revival building which dates from It is located at High Street. Pender's most impressive works it has impressive Doric de features of both the arch and keystone. It became a drama theatre in Town Hall At High Street is the impressive Italianate Town Hall built in to a symmetrical de consisting of a central tower flanked by two wings with Maitland new south wales australia columns supporting pediments over the ground-floor windows. The building dates from around and until it was used as a bulk warehouse before being the local centre for the Northumberland Coach and Buggy Factory.
In the site was acquired by the NSW government for the Maitland Technical College which moved there following adaptations to the existing buildings on the site. Today the gallery specialises in exhibitions and changes these exhibitions every weeks and "since MRAG has developed its collection according to a strategic focus to collect works on paper. Bridge House, one of Maitland's oldest buildings, is a small Georgian stuccoed stone-and-brick farmhouse with cedar columns, flagged veranda, paned windows and panelled door, built c.
The tiny timber cottage is thought to be Clift's original homestead. The stone rubble hut to one side was probably the residence of the bridge's toll keeper. Next door is Walli House c. It is a large two-storey stone-and-brick building. Although the rear of the house is in original condition, poorly chosen alterations and additions were made in the 20th century notably the front pillars. The fittings are of cedar from the banks of Wallis Creek. There are several outbuildings to the rear of the house servants' quarters, store and kitchen.
Regent Street and Cintra Regent Street is well worth exploring. It is a classified urban conservation area with a large of impressive houses, the Maitland new south wales australia striking of which are the monumental mansions 'Benhome' at 30 Regent Street and 'Cintra' at 34 Regent Street.
Cintra is a beautiful and imposing two-storey Classical Revival house set in spacious grounds with fine gardens. It was deed by William Pender and built in the s, Maitland's boom period. The second wing was added inmaking 31 rooms. Maitland new south wales australia house has extensive and intricate cast-iron lacework and Corinthian columns and a tower capped with cast-iron decoration.
The tall gates open onto a gravelled carriage loop driveway which le to gabled sandstock brick stables. It is classified by the National Trust and, although not open to the public, can be viewed from the roide. It was erected c. There is a walking route around all the places but, for those who want to simply savour the history of the area, a walk down Banks Street from the New England Highway and on to Maitland Gaol and the Court House will cover 12 of those places. The highlights of the area include:.
At the time his father was working as a share farmer on what was the Stradbroke property. Darcy attained considerable local notoriety as an outstanding boxer. He had a remarkable early record and was idolised in Maitland.
The issue of ing up for military service in the First World War ruined his career. He came under considerable fire from the Australian press and from politicians when he did not initially volunteer. Darcy was a Catholic and the church opposed conscription.
He left Australia for the United States without a passport inas a conscription referendum approached. He found himself banned from fighting in the USA for political reasons as that country was on the cusp of entering the war itself.Maitland new south wales australia
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