East Maitland Mechanics’ Institute was built in 1859.
The regular meetings of its members often appeared within the pages of the Mercury.
The following report on a lecture on the Blacks of Australia appeared on pages four of the Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser on Thursday, May 16, 1878.
“On Friday evening, May 3, a lecture, on the Blacks of Australia, was delivered in the hall of the East Maitland Mechanics’ Institute, by Mr Wilton Hack ; the President, Mr John Ewing, in the chair.
Full article available at Maitland Mercury, Aug. 9, 2014.