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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 447 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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EAST MAITLAND and WEST, adjoining municipalities in Northumberland county, New South Wales, Australia, Ito m. by rail N. of Sydney. Pop. (1901), West Maitland,6798; East Maitland, 3287. These towns are situated in a valley on the Hunter River, which is liable to sudden floods, to guard against which the river is protected by stone embankments at West Maitland, while there are flood-gates at East Maitland. Maitland is the centre of the rich agricultural district of the Hunter valley, which produces maize, wheat and other cereals, lucerne, tobacco, fruit and wine; excellent coal also is worked in the vicinity. East Maitland is the see of a Roman Catholic bishop, whose cathedral (St John's), however, is situated in the larger town. Besides this, West Maitland contains several handsome public and commercial buildings.
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