The Maitland Mercury is Australia's third oldest regional newspaper, preceded only by the GeelongAdvertiser (estab. 1840) and the Launceston Examiner (estab. 1842).
The newspaper was established in 1843 when it was called The Maitland Mercury and Hunter River General Advertiser.
The Maitland Mercury is still in circulation serving the city of Maitland and the surrounding Lower Hunter Valley as a weekly publication - its print edition circulating every Friday.
Located in the heart of the NSW Hunter Valley, Maitland is 161 kilometres from the Sydney Central Business District and less than one hour's drive from Newcastle, Lake Macquarie and the Central Coast.
Maitland is the fastest growing city in NSW outside metropolitan Sydney.
The latest estimated resident population in Maitland is 90,553 people. Between 2011 and 2021 the estimated resident population increased by 20,629 people, which reflects a compound annual growth rate of increase of 2.6 per cent.
While it has become a fast paced regional centre, Maitland still prides itself on its agricultural heritage, grand architecture and magnificent parks and recreation facilities.
It has a substantial retail centre including Stockland at Green Hills and The Levee in Central Maitland.