Maitland was settled by Europeans in 1810 and soon developed into a hub for industry, trade and commerce. During the 1800s the Maitland region grew rapidly; employment opportunities were strong with the town being home to flourmills, breweries and other major factories. Main Street offered a wide range of services to the townspeople including tailors, wig makers, confectioners and photographers.

The Hunter River also played an important role in Maitland’s history. Trade boomed through the transport corridor and the rich alluvial flats provided one of the most productive landscapes in NSW.

Today, while the streetscapes of Maitland pay tribute to a bygone era with historical buildings and monuments lining the pavements, the town has become the commercial hub of the Hunter Valley’s agricultural sector.