Aberglasslyn, New South Wales

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MaitlandNew South Wales
Aberglasslyn House
Population5,401 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Maitland
State electorate(s)Maitland
Federal division(s)Paterson

Aberglasslyn is a rapidly expanding suburb of Maitland, located in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales Australia.

Description and history[edit]

The Traditional Owners and Custodians of the Maitland area are the Wonnarua people.[2]

Once known as "The Country Estate", Aberglasslyn was surrounded by paddocks and bushland which have now been developed into numerous sub-divisions such as "The Sanctuary" and "Weblands Wonderland". Aberglasslyn provides views of the hills of Maitland Vale and Rosebrook, situated near the Hunter River. It still retains some bushland which has been listed as a nature reserve.

Aberglasslyn House (circa 1840), a private residence, looks over a bend in the Hunter River and is built completely out of sandstone. Aberglasslyn House is one of the most important early Colonial homes in Australia. With its vast cellars, this early stone mansion has the potential to become the only "chateau style" boutique vineyard in the Hunter. It was built by George Hobler, and designed by John Verge who was born in Christchurch, Dorset, England.[3]

The name is said to be a combination of "Aberdeen" and "Glasgow",[4] though it is more likely to be from the place in Wales so called - Aberglaslyn, spelt Aberglasslyn by English writers in the 1800s. This Welsh name means the "mouth of the river Glaslyn" (aber = river mouth). See Afon Glaslyn. The Glaslyn used to enter Cardigan Bay at this point (it is now at some distance from the sea after land reclamation). "Glaslyn" is "blue lake", and is the name of the lake from which the river flows down to the sea and from which it has taken its name.

Heritage listings[edit]

Aberglasslyn has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Aberglasslyn (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 14 February 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples". Maitland City Council. Archived from the original on 22 March 2019. Retrieved 8 September 2020.
  3. ^ "National Trust Property Guide - "Aberglasslyn House", Hunter Valley". Archived from the original on 6 January 2009. Retrieved 27 October 2008.
  4. ^ "PLACE NAMES". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 13 May 1964. p. 61. Retrieved 22 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Aberglasslyn". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment & Heritage. H00195. Retrieved 18 May 2018.

Coordinates: 32°41′40.76″S 151°32′4.59″E / 32.6946556°S 151.5346083°E / -32.6946556; 151.5346083