Maitland, South Australia

Maitland (/ˈmtlənd/) is a town in South Australia. By road, it is 168 km west of Adelaide by, 164 km south of Port Pirie and 46 km north of Minlaton known as the "heart of Yorke Peninsula" due to being near the centre of the region. At the 2016 census, Maitland had a population of 1,029.[1]

South Australia
Robert St in Maitland
Maitland is located in Yorke Peninsula Council
Coordinates34°22′0″S 137°40′0″E / 34.36667°S 137.66667°E / -34.36667; 137.66667Coordinates: 34°22′0″S 137°40′0″E / 34.36667°S 137.66667°E / -34.36667; 137.66667
Population1,029 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation160 m (525 ft)
LGA(s)Yorke Peninsula Council
RegionYorke and Mid North[3]
State electorate(s)Narungga[4]
Federal Division(s)Grey
Localities around Maitland:
Balgowan Weetulta
Balgowan Maitland Winulta
Point Pearce South Kilkerran
Yorke Valley
FootnotesAdjoining localities[2]

Maitland is within a short driving distance of coastal towns on either side, with Port Victoria to the west and Ardrossan to the east, each within 25 km.[citation needed] It has a grain receiving depot operated by AWB Limited, serviced only by road.[5] Maitland is also the home base of the Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association.[citation needed]


The town was named in 1872 after Lady Jean Maitland, [6]who died in 1766, who was the wife of the 2nd Lord of Kilkerran, Sir James Fergusson, 1688-1759 2nd Baronet of Kilkerran, the Great-Great Grandmother of governor of South Australia at this time, Sir James Fergusson 1832-1907;[7] the local aborigines calling it "madu waltu", meaning white flint.[citation needed] Maitland's urban design is patterned after Adelaide's central business district: a neat grid of streets surrounded on all four sides by parkland.[citation needed]

In October 1884 the Adelaide Observer noted:

Maitland in situated about twenty-three miles from Moonta, on Yorke's Peninsula, and is about equidistant between the two Gulfs. The town stands about 490 feet above the sea, and is surrounded by some of the richest soil on the Peninsula. The township is only about nine years old, and has made steady progress, and bids fair to be the next largest town to Moonta on the Peninsula.[8]


Maitland was home to a newspaper called the Maitland Watch (22 December 1911 – 26 June 1969). In 1969, the newspaper merged with Yorketown's the Pioneer (1898–1969) to become the short-lived Yorke Peninsula News Pictorial (3 July 1969 – 28 May 1970), which was then incorporated into the Yorke Peninsula Country Times from June 1970.[9]

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  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Maitland (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 July 2017.  
  2. ^ a b c "Search result(s) for Maitland (LOCB) (Record No. SA0042104) with the following layers being selected - "Suburbs and Localities", "Counties", "Hundreds", "Place names (gazetteer)" and "Road labels"". Property Location Browser. Government of South Australia. Archived from the original on 12 October 2016. Retrieved 29 April 2017.
  3. ^ "Yorke and Mid North SA Government region" (PDF). The Government of South Australia. Retrieved 28 April 2017.
  4. ^ Narungga (Map). Electoral District Boundaries Commission. 2016. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Maitland GrainFlow Centre". AWB Limited. Retrieved 15 October 2006.
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  8. ^ "MAITLAND". Adelaide Observer. XLI (2246). South Australia. 18 October 1884. p. 13. Retrieved 13 May 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ Laube, Anthony. "LibGuides: SA Newspapers: M-N". Retrieved 18 August 2018.

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