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South Australia
Robert St in Maitland
Population 1,056 (2006 census)
Established 1872
Postcode(s) 5573
Elevation 160 m (525 ft)
  • 168 km (104 mi) west of Adelaide
  • 164 km (102 mi) south of Port Pirie
  • 50 km (31 mi) south of Kadina
  • 46 km (29 mi) north of Minlaton
LGA(s) Yorke Peninsula Council
State electorate(s) Goyder
Federal Division(s) Grey
Localities around Maitland:
Moonta 35km
Arthurton 15km Winulta
Balgowan 19km Maitland Petersville Ardrossan 23km
Point Pearce 19km Port Victoria 22km South Kilkerran
Yorke Valley

Maitland is a town in South Australia located 168 km west of Adelaide by road, 164 km south of Port Pirie and 46 km north of Minlaton known as the "heart of Yorke Peninsula" due to being near the centre of the region. At the 2006 census, Maitland had a population of 1,056.

Maitland is within a short driving distance of coastal towns on either side, with Port Victoria to the west and Ardrossan to the east, each within 25 km.

The town was named in 1872 after Lady Jean Maitland, the wife of the First Lord of Kilkerran, a family connection of the governor of South Australia at this time, Sir James Fergusson; the local aborigines calling it "madu waltu", meaning white flint.

Maitland has a grain receiving depot operated by AWB Limited, serviced only by road. Maitland is also the home base of the Narungga Aboriginal Progress Association.

Maitland's urban design is patterned after Adelaide's central business district: a neat grid of streets surrounded on all four sides by parkland.

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