Comedy for a cause

In support of
Waratah-Mayfield District Cricket Club

Friday 29 November 2019

Mayfield Hotel (upstairs)


Comdedy for a Cause

Free Santa PhotoSanta Claus will be at Waratah Village in December!

Come and get a free photo* with Santa!

December Calendar 2019
Santa Visits Photos   Time
Tuesday 17th Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Wednesday 18th Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Thursday 19th Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Saturday 21st Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Sunday 22nd Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm
Monday 23rd Free photos with Santa 9:30am to 12:30pm

* One FREE photo per child (additional photos have a fee). Photos only available certain days as indicated above.

Waratah Village’s Famous Christmas Lights Switch On

Christmas Lights Switch On

Friday 1st November from 6:00pm onwards

Santa, Mrs Claus and their team of Merry Elves are on their way!

Joining them will be:-

  • Our favourite magician, Joel Howlett
  • Kozi & Pinky
  • The Waratah Ensemble
  • The Candy Canes

We will also have kids craft activities, face painters, balloon twisters and the Scouts’ sausage sizzle!

Lights on at 8pm


Christmas Lights Switch On

Christmas Lights Switch On

Merry Christmas from Waratah Village Shopping Centre


Local sculptor Ms Julie Squires was commission by the centre owners to create a bronze art work that represented the old brickworks which occupied the site and the many workers associated with what once was a major industry which played a vital part in the development of Newcastle.


Storekeeper David Watson established a brickyard in 1886 on the site where Kmart is now located.

Brickmaking was a thriving industry in the late 1800s and David Watson saw it as a business opportunity.

The site’s famous smokestack was built in 1913, and in 1925 the old steam boiler was replaced by an electric turbine. The brickworks changed hands a number of times and by 1950 it was owned by W.H.Hudson, who further developed the site and increased production.

The last batch of bricks were baked in December 1969 and the brickworks closed down, to make way for the building of a new Kmart on the site.

The Waratah Brickyard featured a large and substantially built brick kiln, one of the best in the district, capable of burning a large number of bricks at the same time.

The large smokestack carried off the smoke from the entire site, and was the subject of many complaints to the Council over the years.

The smokestack was demolished in March 1970, much to the delight of the people of Waratah, who were looking forward to their new Kmart being completed.

A large crowd gathered to see the demolition of the smokestack, and cheered when it collapsed.


Opening Hours

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