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Saturday, January 16, 2021

Maitland commemorates 75 years as a city

Today marks 75 years since the proclamation of Maitland as a city.

And, council is looking back to remember how the great city came to be.

On 7 December 1945, the first mayor of Maitland, Mr Alexander McDonald, received a telegram from Mr J. Cahill, Minister for Works and Local Government, proclaiming Maitland to be a city.

This came following the amalgamation of six areas being the municipalities of East Maitland, West Maitland and Morpeth, and parts of the shires of Bolwarra, Tarro and Kearsley to form the Municipality of Maitland in July, 1944.

It covered an area of approximately 47 square kilometres and a population of 22,000 residents.

With the increase in population, the Municipality of Maitland was proclaimed a city on 7 December 1945.

The main reasons for amalgamation were around efficiencies and cost reductions, as well as to maintain control under the one authority.

The city was further expanded in 1958 with the boundaries of the covered area in the Lower Hunter Valley altered, extending the total area to 396 square kilometres.

In 2020, council still maintains the same region – and is home to a growing population, currently more than 83,000.

“Having lived in the area for over 30 years, Maitland has certainly shaped who I am,” Maitland mayor Loretta Baker said.

“I’m sure the approximately 83,000 residents who also call the city home would also agree.

“This week offers us the chance to look back on and celebrate what’s been an incredibly defining 75 years for this city.”

Follow council’s social media pages to learn more as it explores parts of Maitland’s past.

To find out more about the city’s history, visit www.maitlandlibrary.com.au/discover/local-history