A GUIDE TO HELP YOU IN YOUR SEARCH FOR A PLACE TO LIVE, OR INVEST, IN NEWCASTLE, LAKE MACQUARIE OR MAITLAND
Rutherford is a suburb sitting just off the New England Highway in the City of Maitland. The suburb is less than six kilometres west of Maitland, while to the north Aberglasslyn separates it from the Hunter River.
In the late 1800s, a race horse track brought many punters to Rutherford, but with the outbreak of World War II the land was sold in order to build a bomb factory.
A mix of industrial and sporting features make up much of Rutherford’s history and a few relics, including bomb shelters, still remain.
In the late 1800s, a race horse track brought many punters to Rutherford, but with the outbreak of World War II the land was sold in order to build a bomb factory. In 1945, the site was converted into a textiles factory, which became the main employer in the region until its closure in 2004.
Why rent in Rutherford?
Rutherford has a busy commercial and industrial area on its western side, with shops dotted along the New England Highway. Sitting among the industrial outlets is Maitland Indoor Sports Centre, which boats a variety of indoor fields and provides recreational opportunities for people of all ages.
Maitland Airport is located on the western border of Rutherford. Built in 1948 by the Maitland Aero Club, it was later purchased by the Royal Newcastle Aero Club. The airport does not provide commercial flights and operates mostly for recreational use, aerobatic joy flights and as a flight school. The airport also regularly hosts air shows and flying competitions.
Rutherford Public and St. Paul’s Primary are the two primary schools servicing Rutherford. They feed into Rutherford Technology High School, which is unique in that it provides the standard high school curriculum alongside agricultural education.
Rutherford is more densely populated than some of its neighbouring suburbs and has undergone a boost in popularity in the last six years, meaning many new houses have been built in the area.