Morpeth New South Wales, Australia
A recent contact through Jane Bondy, now a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Sao Paulo, Brazil, gives us some interesting information on the early history of Morpeth, N.S.W.
By 1827 Green Hills, first named Morpeth in 1834, developed as a river port. Steamers plied Hunter’s River between Morpeth and Sydney Town. Vast quantities of wool and hides and coal were shipped from Morpeth before the Iron Horse began plying between Newcastle and Maitland.
As Morpeth developed as a River Port, Governor Darling wished to revoke the grant of land to Lieutenant Close, with the view of building a large town and river port. Being offered no recompense by Darling, Close refused to give up his land. Once the Railway came through to Maitland all hope of Morpeth becoming a large centre of population faded.
So Morpeth has been left as a very charming and attractive reminder of what villages were like in Queen Victoria’s time, while the present city of Maitland, tells the story of what Morpeth might have become.
How similar, in many respects, to the history of Morpeth, Ontario!
Back in 1971 a letter, addressed to “The Lord Mayor”, Morpeth, Ont. Canada, was received here from Morpeth, New South Wales, Australia and is in part as follows: