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SAMUEL WALKER GRIFFITH
GRIFFITH is truly a great son of Maitland, although
his contribution was to the wider Australian
community rather than the city, a contribution
generally unknown to the majority of Australians.
Legislation he pioneered such as the eight-hour day and
revision of the criminal code still effects everyday life in
Australia, while the Australian Constitution and the High
Court are his enduring legacies.
One of four men credited with drafting the bulk
of Australia's Constitution, Griffith at the time was
Queensland's Premier and chaired the Constitution
committee and is seen by most historians as providing
the basis of the draft. He also drafted the legislation that
instituted the High Court and was Chief Justice from the
High Court's beginning in 1903 for almost two decades.
Born in Wales in 1845, the Griffith family came to
Australia in 1853 and from 1856 to 1860 were in West
Maitland where his father was a Congregational Church
minister. Griffith was educated at William McIntyre's
school at Maitland and was a brilliant student at school and
He was admitted to the Bar in Queensland, where he
had moved, but often visited Maitland and married an
East Maitland woman, Julia Thomson, in 1870. The couple
settled in Brisbane, where he became a successful barrister,
although they continued to visit Maitland.
Griffith moved into politics in 1872 and championed
humanitarian concerns and social reforms, and was Premier
of Queensland between 1883 and 1888 and 1890 and 1893,
when he was appointed Chief Justice of Queensland. He was
knighted in 1886.
Griffith's crowning glory was Federation, the Constitution
and his elevation to Chief Justice of the High Court.
He played a dominant role at Federation conferences and
chaired the committee to draft the Constitution, and after
Federation he drafted the High Court legislation where he
became Chief Justice in 1903 and stayed to 1919, during
which time he twice sat on the Privy Council in England.
In 1917 he suffered a stroke which brought a temporary
retirement, but he returned to work until 1919, dying at his
home in Brisbane a year later.
Nicknamed ''Mr Maitland'', Morris is still actively working
in the community at 86 years of age.
Born in April, 1924, he represented the seat of
Maitland between March, 1956, and August, 1980,
becoming Maitland's longest-serving member in the NSW
Educated at Wickham Public School and Newcastle
Junior Boys High, Morris joined the Royal Australian Navy
in 1942 as an anti-aircraft gunner from 1942 until 1945. He
joined the Liberal Party in 1954 and was a councillor on
the Lower Hunter Shire from 1953 to 1957.
During his political career Morris held various portfolios
including Minister for Transport (1965--1975), Minister
for Lands and Minister for Forests (1975) and Minister for
Decentralisation and Development (1976). He resigned
from his seat in 1980 to contest the NSW
Lyne but lost, and did not stand for re-ele
Since 1981 he has been chairman of th
Hunter Valley Training Company, a 50 pe
state-owned not-for-profit company with
apprentices and trainees working throug
NSW. He has also been honorary chairm
Lewis House Apprentice Hostel, Mayfield
of East Maitland sub branch of the RSL,
and patron of the Mai Wel Handicapped
He was given an OA in 1988 for his
contribution to politics, youth and the
community, was awarded the highest
honour for chivalry from the Polish
Government in 1990 for service to the
Polish community, and was the first life
member of a Polish association appointe
LES DARCY >>
Darcy is probably Maitland's most famous
sporting son, a boxing champion whose tr
early death placed him with the likes of D
Bradman as a national sporting icon.
Born in 1895 at Stradbroke, near Maitla
during his short career -- he died at 21 -- h
had 50 fights for 46 wins, 20 by knockout.
was never a world champion, although he
considered the world's best at his weight.
Darcy went to Oakhampton Public Scho
left home at 12 and at 15 became a blacks
apprentice at East Maitland, by which tim
already boxing. In 1912/13 he won severa
around the Hunter before fighting in Syd
Hunter supporters travelling down in spec
He lost his early Sydney fights in controve
circumstances, which only added to his growing fame, then
won 22 consecutive fights.
In 1915 he planned to fight in the US but passports were
being refused to men of military age because of World War
1. Although under age he apparently tried to enlist but his
mother wouldn't consent, and on October 7, 1916, the day
before a referendum which, if carried, would have meant he
could be conscripted, he stowed away on a tramp steamer
from Newcastle to the US.
Labelled a shirker and a coward, he was denied bouts
in the US and was reduced to vaudville exhibitions. He
enlisted as a US Aviation Corps reservist, but became ill and
died of septicaemia in May, 1917, probably from having two
teeth knocked out in a fight the previous year that were
replaced on metal pins.
Darcy's body was given a hero's welcome when it was
brought back to Sydney in 1917, with some reports saying as
many as 700,000 mourners viewed his body in Sydney and
100,000 took special trains to Maitland for his funeral.
Darcy, the Maitland Wonder and the people's champion,
was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame in 1998.
JOHN WILTSHIRE PENDER
Pender is a famous name in Maitland, with generations of
rked in the city.
et up around 1863 by John
917), who emigrated to NSW
n the Victorian goldfields
nd in 1857, working for
his uncle, John Pender,
before establishing his
practice. One of the earliest
buildings he designed was
the Morpeth School of Arts
which was opened in 1863,
nd throughout his career he
esigned and built a number of
nificant buildings including
ke's Anglican Church, Scone,
st Maitland, Cintra, West
homesteads Saumarez and
nd in 1831, Scobie arrived in
his parents in 1839 and the
p land near West Maitland.
d on the family property
pton, became successful
fields and in 1859 became
of Mount Pleasant orchard
rd. He was a Justice of the
president of the Hunter
ticultural and Agricultural
n, chairman of the local
hool board, licensing
e, founder of West Maitland
Arts, chairman of the Vine
Board and a Temperence
He became the Member for
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