Newcastle Municipal Councils

The area covered by present day Newcastle Council was once served by 12 different local councils. Plattsburg and Wallsend merged in 1915, and then all the remaining councils then merged together in March 1938 to form the City of Greater Newcastle council.

These pages attempt to document the various town halls and council chambers used by the various councils. Many of these buildings remain today, and others have been lost to fire and demolition. My aim is to have “then” and “now” photos for each of the municipal buildings, wherever possible.

(Note that these pages are a work in progress – there’s still lots of gaps to be filled in, and questions to be answered.)

Council Aldermen Date Incorporated
Waratah 23rd February 1871
Wickham 27th February 1871
Lambton Aldermen (1871-1938) 24th June 1871
Hamilton 11th December 1871
Wallsend 27th February 1874
Plattsburg 27th December 1876
Merewether 20th August 1885
Adamstown Aldermen (1886-1938) 31st December 1885
Carrington 30th March 1887
New Lambton Aldermen (1889-1938) 9th January 1889
Stockton 14th October 1889

The Craigie’s General Map of Newcastle and Suburbs from 1928 below, shows the location of nine of the suburban municipal council chambers.

1928 Craigie’s General Map of Newcastle and Suburbs.

Two months after the creation of the City of Greater Newcastle Council, the Newcastle Morning Herald on 21 May 1938 published a page of photos showing the now unused suburban council chambers.

“Silence reigns in discarded Council chambers.” Newcastle Morning Herald, 21 May 1938.

Questions yet to be answered

2 thoughts on “Newcastle Municipal Councils

  1. If you have X amount of funds and another party has Y amount of funds then this could be a deciding factor as to the design of a building.

    If you have an ego that needs to be stroked then you might want to enhance your persona with eye catching “bling” in the form of detailed architecture.

    If you just want to do the job you were elected to do and your staff need only the basic office requirements then why build a large fancy building.

    The short answer is personal choice of the elected councils, and possibly the ratepayers.

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