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The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Mayfield is 9,748, with a population density of 30.61 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Mayfield is bounded by Industrial Drive in the north, Ingall Street and Maitland Road (Pacific Highway) in the east, the railway line in the south, and Cadell Avenue, Leonard Street, Frith Street, Maitland Road (Pacific Highway) and Tourle Street in the west.

Name origin

Mayfield is named after May Scholey, one of the daughters of John Scholey, a Newcastle butcher.

Settlement history

Settlement of the area dates from the 1850s, with land used mainly for wheat growing and viticulture. Residential growth took place during the late 1800s and early 1900s. The BHP Steelworks were opened in 1915, spurring housing growth in the 1920s and 1930s. Expansion continued during the post-war years. The population fluctuated slightly from the early 1990s, a result of small changes in dwelling stock and the average number of persons living in each dwelling. The Steelworks closed in 1999.

Land use

Mayfield is an established residential area, with commercial and industrial areas along Maitland Road.

Major features

Major features of the area include Acacia Avenue Reserve, Alexandria Park, Avon Street Reserve, Bull & Tourle Reserve, Cowie Street Reserve, Dangar Park, Litchfield Park, Mayfield Park, Webb Park, Mayfield Swimming Pool, Wests Mayfield, Mayfield Skate Park and several schools.