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Mayfield website:  1850s - Askew's visit

The Mayfield Website was created in 1995 to provide primary historical source materials such as early printed accounts, pioneer letters, oral history transcriptions, photographs, maps and plans on the little known history of the Newcastle, NSW suburb.

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John Askew visits Newcastle and Maitland in the 1850s

Read an account of a visit to Newcastle and Maitland in the 1850s. John Askew describes what Mayfield would have looked like at this time, with a coach trip down the Maitland Road, as well as a stop over at Platt’s Hill at a place he called “Ironbark Farm”. The book by John Askew is entitled A voyage to Australia & New Zealand including a visit to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Hunter’s River, Newcastle, Maitland and Auckland : with a summary of the progress and discoveries made in each colony from its founding to the present time / by a steerage passenger, John Askew Published London : Simpkin Marshall, 1857.

Click for excerpt of Askew's trip to Newcastle begins on page 237 and ends on page 316, presented here in full.

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