Thursday, May 9, 2013

A farm track that grew : Maitland

From the Maitland Mercury report:

Although it began as a track across farmland, High Street was the principal road to the Upper Hunter Valley and northern New South Wales from the 1820s until the town was bypassed in modern times.
In the beginning it gave access to the estates of the Upper Hunter but in the late 1830s it led the squatters and their flocks north to the great untouched pastures of the colony.
As these farmers and graziers prospered they sent their produce back down the track through Maitland to be shipped from Morpeth and Newcastle and the business people of High Street prospered as never before, particularly in the retail and wholesale trades.

Full article available at Maitland Mercury, May 3, 2013.