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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