Australian Towns & Cities
New South Wales: Raymond Terrace
Incorporating photos and Information from Michael Greenslade's former Australian Towns, Cities and Highways site

Raymond Terrace, a large town just north of Newcastle, lies just off  the Pacific Highway and set against the Hunter River.

Established in 1823, the town grew around the local timber, cattle, wool, wheat industries and from the port established on the Hunter River. Although the town declined moderately once shipping traffic on the Hunter River was diverted due to the river silting, new industries in the area such as the Williamtown RAAF base, the Tomago aluminium smelter and the Pacific Highway passing through ensured the town's survival.

Nowadays Raymond Terrace is the administrative centre of the Port Stephens Council and essentially acts as a satellite centre to Newcastle with much of its population working in the larger city or the surrounding region. The town is set in a pleasant and peaceful surrounding with several historic buildings standing, botanic gardens to the south and other standout parkland abutting the Hunter River.

The town name originates from a member of Lieutenant John Shortland's party called Raymond who described the terraced appearance of the trees where the town now stands.


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Entering Raymond Terrace:
Northbound on Adelaide St (former Pacific Hwy) as it enters the town of Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Raymond Terrace Marketplace:
The main shopping centre, Raymond Terrace Marketplace, 2009.

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William Street:
Raymond Terrace CBD, 2009.

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Rotary Clock Tower:
The Rotary clock tower at the corner of William St and Port Stephens St in Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Corner of William Street & Port Stephens Street:
View of the Rotary clock tower and NAB in Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Port Stephens Street:
The main street of the Raymond Terrace CBD, 2009.

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Port Stephens Street:
The main street of the Raymond Terrace CBD, 2009.

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Hunter River:
View of the Hunter River from Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Hunter River:
View of the Hunter River from Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Hunter River:
View of the Hunter River from Riverside Park, Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Riverside Park:
Rotunda in Riverside Park at Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Seaham Road:
Seaham Road as it crosses the Hunter River at Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Hunter River:
Hunter River viewed from the Seaham Road bridge, 2009.

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Hunter River:
Hunter River viewed from the Seaham Road bridge, 2009.

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Finnan Park:
View of Finnan Park on the shores of the Grahamstown Dam at Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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Grahamstown Dam:
View of Grahamstown Dam from Finnan Park, Raymond Terrace, 2009.

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