Our next Speaker Evening will be held at 5 30 pm on Tuesday 6th July 2021 at the Society's rooms.

Speaker: Alan Todd

Topic: National Textiles in Maitland: an Industrial Heritage. 

The Maitland and District Historical Society’s next guest speaker will be Alan Todd of the Morpeth Museum. His talk will be on the theme of National Textiles in Maitland: an Industrial Heritage. The talk will be given at the Society’s rooms, 3 Cathedral St, Maitland on Tuesday 6 July, beginning at 5.30pm.

National Textiles’ Rutherford factory closed 21 years ago. It is quickly being forgotten despite being Maitland’s largest employer for over 50 years. Alan’s talk will revive a video slideshow first produced by the Morpeth Museum in 2013. Some background to the industry will highlight the links between the speaker, his origins and the National Textiles workplace.

Alan has lived in the Maitland area for more than 40 years. Recruited from England by Bradmill in 1980, he held a number of middle management positions under several owners before the company closed in 2000.

Members of the public are invited to come and hear the talk.

The Society asks for a donation of $5 to cover the cost of light refreshments before and after the talk. 


Speaker Evenings are held on the first Tuesday of the month (except January) at 5 30 pm.

(A small charge of $5 includes light refreshments provided before and after the speakers delivery.)

Future Guest Speakers:


  3 August   Les Kilmartin: Captain William Cromarty of the Orkneys, Port Stephens and Newcastle


  7 September    Susan Steggall: Homes and Hearths: Growing Up in Maitland in the 1950s and 1960s


  5 October    Brian Walsh: The Changing Face of Farming in the Paterson and Woodville Areas, 1812-1920

  2 November: Roland Bannister : Pursuing the Puxtys of Paterson

  7 December: To be Advised





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