Wickham and Maryville History and Today

Wickham is an inner suburb of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, located 3 kilometres from Newcastle's central business district.

Wickham which was a Misspelling of Whickham, a suburb of Newcastle upon Tyne in the north of England. Means village by the creek. Wickham was proclaimed a Municipality in the NSW Government Gazette, 27 February 1871, largely by the efforts of James Hannell, who became Wickham's first mayor.

Wickham railway station opened 2 Sep 1936 on CityRail's Newcastle and Central Coast line and Hunter line. The railway line is part of the Newcastle-Maitland line, the first section of the Main North line from Sydney to the New England region, opened in 1857.

James Hannell was Newcastle's first auctioneer and later, an Australian politician, elected as a member of the New South Wales Legislative Assembly. James was also Newcastle's first Mayor and later, had a dual role, as he was also first Mayor of Wickham. He was also the first President of Newcastle Cricket Club, and a founding principal of the Newcastle Jockey Club, among other contributions.

Maryville was named after Mary Hannell.