Our next speaker evening is on

MONDAY 1 JULY 2024 AT 5:30pm AT EAST MAITLAND BOWLING CLUBBanks Street, East Maitland in the Scarborough Rooms.


Join us for a unique opportunity to learn about Maitland, its development, its buildings and its people.  this talk is available to members and the general public.

TOPIC:  A Closer Look at Central Maitland's Past: Fresh Insights, New Content, Unseen Images and Early Maps;

and will include:

Private Hospitals/Medical Care in Maitland before the Benevolent Asylum (1843)

  • Reclaiming Maitland's Scattered Beaufoy Merlin photographs of 1870 and Photographs of Elijah Hart and Jacob Audet

  • A Case for Commemorating Molly Morgan: New Material — The First Angel Inn and Molly's Anvil Creek Address

  • Central Maitland colonial brick pits and wells

  • Maitland First Racecourse: highlights from 1833-1880 at Maitland Park including an 1835 riot.

  • Why Local History is Top Shelf.

Peter's research methodology is unique and may well be unprecedented in Australian history: a 30-year labour of love, painstakingly tracking the use of each building parcel from settlement to the limit of current living memory.  

Peter Smith’s three volume set is arguably the most comprehensive history of Maitland, it’s streets and people that has ever been published:


A small number of copies of Book 1 will be available for anyone who has not yet purchased a copy. It tells of the main streets of East Maitland, across as far as Hunter Street.

Book 2, titled, The Footprints of Maitland's Old Hands: The Rise of Central Maitland will be available later this year from the same publisher as Book 1.

The most direct and prompt way to order Book 2 will be via https://www.xlibris.com/en-au/bookstore. It will include 120 previously uncirculated/rare photographs (dating from the 1860’s), etchings (dating from the 1840s) and maps (dating from the 1830s). 

Book 2 covers the areas between Hunter and Elgin streets and includes the lateral streets.

Book 3 will cover from Elgin Street west to Campbells Hill, again covering the lateral streets and surrounding estates. It will be forthcoming late 2024 or 2025.


  • Please note that this is a departure from the ‘normal’ lecture evening, being held on the Monday 1 July and at Easts Bowling Club.

  • There will be a $2:00 cover charge.

  • Please also note that there will not be a supper provided on this occasion but those attending are encouraged to dine using the Club’s facilities. 

ZOOM WILL NOT be available for this speaker. 


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:


     Future Speakers - speakers needed - if you have a suggestion please contact the Society 

        6 August 2024

        3 September 2024

        1 October 2024

        5 November 2024

       3 December 2024










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