Our next Speaker Evening for Tuesday 6 June 2023 at 5.30 pm at the Society Rooms - 3 Cathedral Street, Maitland

Speaker: Jennifer Buffier

Topic: Did Motorcycle Speedway start worldwide in Maitland on 15 December 1923?

100 years ago in December 1923 a program of dirt track motorcycle races took place.

The Electric Light Carnival event that took place at Maitland Showground on Saturday 15 December 1923 is known for being the birth of speedway worldwide.

Some speedway enthusiasts dispute this fact, others agree. Jennifer will examine bike racing events leading up to this event, the event itself and what happened in Maitland and other venues post 15 December 1923.

The talk will also examine the part Johnnie S Hoskins played in Maitland, Newcastle, Sydney, interstate and overseas with speedway events.

Safety of riders, bike modifications, Showground modifications, accidents etc will all be discussed.

Come and find out how a ticket seller at Central Station could have changed all of this.

Jennifer Buffier, born in Maitland, is an accountant. She currently is our treasurer and has been a member of the Historical Society for many years.

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

We are currently trialing ZOOM (for members only) on speaker nights.


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:


     July 4               Sue Folpp: A Hundred years of the Girl Guides in Maitland


     August 1           James Waddell: Cumberland Hall, East Maitland

    September 5      To be advised

   October 3           To be Advised

  November 7         Brian Walsh: The evolution of farming in the Paterson-Woodville area, 1812-1920

  December 5         To be Advised

No dates set for: -


    Ed Tonks







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