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MaitlandNew South Wales
Population 8,062 (2016 census)
 • Density 485.37/km2 (1,257.1/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 2322
Area 16.61 km2 (6.4 sq mi)
LGA(s) City of Maitland
Region Hunter
State electorate(s) Maitland
Federal Division(s) Paterson
Suburbs around Thornton:
Chisholm Beresfield
Metford Thornton Beresfield
Ashtonfield Woodberry

Thornton is a suburb in the City of Maitland, New South Wales, Australia. It is bisected by the New England Highway.

Post code 2322, including Thornton, Beresfield, Tarro and Hexham, had a population of 14,654 in 2001.


Thornton railway station opened in 1871. Thornton is serviced by Hunter Line trains of the NSW TrainLink network. Regular services take passengers East to Newcastle (18 minutes for the express) and West to Maitland. Less regular services also take passengers West to the Hunter Valley as far as Scone and North to Dungog.

Thornton is the junction for a colliery branch line leading to the Bloomfield Coal Loop, a balloon loop.

A new industrial estate and increased residential subdivisions resulted in the RTA planning a major upgrade to the Weakleys Drive intersection, which was completed as of December 2008. DBT (Australia) opened their new complex here in December 2006.


Thornton has a government primary school of Thornton Primary. It is also the home of Aspect Hunter School which offers schooling options for students with autism K-12 in the Hunter Region.

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