19 inducted into Maitland Hall of Fame
19 of Maitland’s most successful academics, educators, artists, businesspeople and sportspeople were inducted into the city’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony on Tuesday.
The event celebrated current and former residents who achieved national or international acclaim in their fields, or were formative to the Maitland community.
It brings the total number of inductees to 44. The inaugural induction occurred last year.
“There are so many people out there who are worthy,” Maitland mayor Peter Blackmore said.
“We’ve only scratched the surface.
“Each and every one of them has a lasting fabric in this city.”
12 of this year’s inductees were honoured posthumously.
The Hall of Fame can be viewed at maitland.nsw.gov.au.
Sue McNeil: Dux of Maitland Girls High School in 1972 and a distinguished civil and environmental engineer. She has held various professor positions in Australia and America, and has co-authored a range of academic journals and papers.
Nell: Maitland-born artist who has had numerous solo and group exhibitions across Australia and overseas, including in the Netherlands, India and USA. Her work includes paintings, installations, performances and videos.
Dr John Fraser (deceased): Migrated from Scotland and was appointed rector of the Presbyterian Maitland High School in 1861. Established his own school, ‘Sauchie House’, on Church Street and was headmaster for 20 years. He was a talented linguist who studied indigenous dialects.
Janette Grossman (deceased): Longest serving headmistress of Maitland Girls’ High School, from 1890 and 1914. In 1935 the school was renamed Maitland Grossman High School in her honour.
John Robert Hinder (deceased): Helped establish Maitland Boy’s High School and was a respected headmaster for 25 years from 1889 to 1914. In 1933, the original school hostel in High Street was named Hinder House in his honour.
Willam S. Pender (deceased): Co-founder of Pender Bros Pty Ltd Timber and Hardware Merchants and Manufacturers of Apiarists Requirements in West Maitland. He was one of Australia’s best authorities on beekeeping and founded and edited The Australasian Beekeeper for 32 years.
Reverend Thomas Pierce (deceased): Came to Maitland in 1903 but resigned as a minister in 1906 to become editor of the Maitland Mercury until his death in 1925. He also co-founded the Starr-Bowkett Society in Maitland and was a voluntary preacher at East Maitland Congregational Church.
Duncan Sim (deceased): Established the Sim and Sons Foundry Works in Morpeth in the 1850s. He was an alderman in the Borough Council and was elected the Mayor of Morpeth in 1873, and 1875 to 1877.
Noel Unicomb (deceased): Lived in Maitland his whole life and was a councillor between 1956 and 1995, and mayor from 1972 to 1978. He was the first Maitland Citizen of the Year in 1970, was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia in 1992, and was made Freeman of the City in 1995.
Don Adams: Successful international rugby league player who played three games for NSW Country First in 1955, 1956 and 1958, seven games for NSW Firsts in 1955 and 1956 and five games for Australia in 1958, scoring five tries. He played 191 games for the Maitland Pickers.
Barrie Baker: The 1964 NSW Amateur Golf Champion and the Australian Amateur Golf Champion. In 1964 he represented Australia and in 1997 he was the Australian Men’s Senior Amateur Golf Champion. He was also the Maitland Golf Club A Grade Golf Champion from 1954 to 1960.
John Graves (deceased): Maitland Pickers rugby league player who represented Australia in seven test matches between 1948 and 1951. He played for South Sydney from 1947 to 1952 and was the league’s top try scorer in 1951 with 28 tries.
Harold Hinman (deceased): Local cricketing legend who played for the Maitland District Cricket Club first grade team who won the Newcastle competition in 1943/44, a NSW Second XI side in 1939 and Northern NSW teams. In 2003, the grandstand at Robins Oval was dedicated to him.
Henry Meskauskas: Long-term resident who was the NSW state freestyle and butterfly champion from 1960 to 1963, the Australian butterfly champion in 1963 and a member of the Australian Swimming squad in 1963.
Jim Morgan (deceased): Maitland Pickers rugby league player who played for South Sydney and Eastern Suburbs. He played eight games for NSW Firsts, three games for NSW Country Firsts and four games for Australia.
Terry Pannowitz: Played a club record 270 games for the Maitland Pickers and also played for Newcastle, Country NSW and Australia. He has been the Maitland Sportsperson of the Year and in 2009 was inducted into the Hunter Sporting Hall of Fame.
Noel Pidding (deceased): Successful rugby league player who played for the Pickers as well as the St George Dragons, Eastern Suburbs Roosters, NSW and Australia. He was renowned for his goal kicking and is a member of the Hunter Sporting Hall of Fame.
David Trewhella: Successful Maitland Pickers player who played with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters for 5 years, for NSW Country and also played two State of Origin Games in 1988 and 1989. In 1989 he toured New Zealand with the Australian team.
David Power (deceased): Successful distance runner who represented Australia in the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games where he won Bronze. He also won two gold and two silver Commonwealth Games medals. He is a member of the Sports Australia Hall of Fame and the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame.