The historic timber general store at Woodville.
|Population:||~550  Note1|
|• Density:||25.6/km² (66.3/sq mi)|
|Elevation:||6 m (20 ft) Note2|
|Area:||21.5 km² (8.3 sq mi) Note3|
• Summer (DST)
Woodville is a very small township in the Hunter Region of New South Wales, Australia that is shared between the Port Stephens and Maitland Local Government Areas (LGA). Most of the town lies to the east of the Paterson River in the Port Stephens LGA while a small area of approximately 1.3 square kilometres (0.5 sq mi), to the west of the Paterson, is within the boundaries of the Maitland LGA.
Woodville's primary land use is agricultural, although housing and small-acre rural residential lots are increasingly significant. Its agriculture consists mainly of broad-acre hay production, along with beef cattle grazing, turf-farming, poultry and olive production. It sits on the floodplains of the lower Hunter River and is subject to periodic flooding.
The town's centre consists of only a few buildings: an old timber shop, a pretty stone church - no longer used for religious services - a pictureseque timber hall associated with the church and a few houses of mixed age and design.
The Woodville region was occupied originally by Aboriginals, most likely the Worimi people. It offered abundant natural resources, with rivers, extensive wetlands, lakes, open woodland and rainforest. In the early 1800s, the first Europeans known to enter the region were timber-getters seeking to exploit the extensive red cedar trees that grew on and near the banks of the Paterson and Hunter rivers. Felled trees were floated down-river to timber mills in Newcastle.
Woodville has some historical buildings, such as Dunmore House, the Woodville shop and the homestead of the historical property Stradbroke, which is listed in the Australian Heritage Database. Increasingly, traditional farms are being subdivided for semi-rural small holdings.
The Woodville School of Arts dates to 1877 and the Gothic Revival. All Saints Church features impressive arched and leadlight windows following its restoration work in 1922, and the Iona School dates to 1918.
Its most famous resident was the champion boxer Les Darcy, who was born either at Iona - a small hamlet within the Woodville area - or at the nearby estate Stradbroke, where he grew up.
- ^ ABS QuickStats data for "Woodville" includes some residents from the adjacent suburbs of Butterwick, Duns Creek and Wallalong while excluding some residents in the eastern part of Woodville. The number of those residents is not known.
- ^ Average elevation of the suburb as shown on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE.
- ^ Area calculation is based on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE.
- ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Woodville (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. http://www.censusdata.abs.gov.au/ABSNavigation/prenav/LocationSearch?collection=Census&period=2006&areacode=SSC19477&producttype=QuickStats&breadcrumb=PL&action=401. Retrieved 2008-06-17. Map
- ^ a b c "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT) - Port Stephens". New South Wales Department of Local Government. http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au/dlg/dlghome/dlg_Regions.asp?regiontype=2&slacode=6400®ion=HT. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- ^ a b "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT) - Maitland City Council". New South Wales Department of Local Government. http://www.dlg.nsw.gov.au/dlg/dlghome/dlg_Regions.asp?regiontype=2&slacode=5050®ion=HT. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- ^ a b "Geographical Names Register Extract: Woodville". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. http://www.gnb.nsw.gov.au/name_search/extract?id=SXlpvqsyJP. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- ^ "Maitland". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 2007-03-24. http://www.elections.nsw.gov.au/state_government_elections/electoral_districts/all_districts_/maitland. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- ^ "Paterson". Australian Electoral Commission. 2007-10-19. http://apps.aec.gov.au/esearch/LocalitySearchResults.aspx?filter=Paterson&filterby=Electorate. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- ^ "Woodville". Department of Lands - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Department of Lands. http://imagery.maps.nsw.gov.au/?role=mysuburb&search=suburb&suburb=Woodville. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- ^ "Stradbroke House and Outbuildings, Paterson Rd, Woodville, NSW, Australia". Australian Heritage Database. 1978-03-21. http://www.environment.gov.au/cgi-bin/ahdb/search.pl?mode=place_detail;search=place_name%3Dstradbroke%2520house%3Bkeyword_PD%3Don%3Bkeyword_SS%3Don%3Bkeyword_PH%3Don%3Blatitude_1dir%3DS%3Blongitude_1dir%3DE%3Blongitude_2dir%3DE%3Blatitude_2dir%3DS%3Bin_region%3Dpart;place_id=1326. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
- "Paterson (Tocal AWS)". Climate statistics for Australian locations. Bureau of Meteorology. http://www.bom.gov.au/climate/averages/tables/cw_061250.shtml. Retrieved 2008-06-17.
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