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Big Mosquito Hexham.jpg
Ossie the Mossie at Hexham Bowling Club

Hexham is located in New South Wales
Population: 152 [1]
Density: 8.1/km² (21.0/sq mi) Note1
Established: 1820s
Postcode: 2322
Coordinates: 32°49′54″S 151°41′04″E / -32.83167, 151.68444Coordinates: 32°49′54″S 151°41′04″E / -32.83167, 151.68444[2]
Elevation: 2 m (7 ft) Note2
Area: 18.7 km² (7.2 sq mi) Note3
Time zone:

 • Summer (DST)



LGA: City of Newcastle[3]
Region: Hunter[3]
County: Northumberland[2]
Parish: Hexham[2]
State District:
Federal Division: Newcastle[6]
Mean Max Temp Mean Min Temp Annual Rainfall
25.5 °C
78 °F
8.4 °C
47 °F
1,140.8 mm
44.9 in
Suburbs around Hexham:
Black Hill Tarro Tomago
Lenaghan Hexham Kooragang
Fletcher Maryland, Shortland Sandgate

Hexham is a suburb of the city of Newcastle, about 15 kilometres (9 mi) inland from Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia on the bank of the Hunter River.[3][7]

Settlement occurred at Hexham in the 1820s and it was named after the market town of Hexham, England with both towns being near to a Newcastle and sharing a history with one another; many of the coal miners from Newcastle upon Tyne and elsewhere in Northumberland moved to New South Wales at the time of settlement.


Hexham measures approximately 6.7 km (4.2 mi) from north to south and 6 km (3.7 mi) from east to west, covering an area of 18.7 square kilometres (7.2 sq mi). To the east the suburb is bordered by the Hunter River, while to the west the suburb consists mainly of unproductive swampland and floodplains. Almost all settlement exists within a narrow corridor stretching along the Pacific Highway between the Main North railway line and the Hunter River. This corridor, which is occupied mainly by highways and industrial areas, covers an area of only 1.1 square kilometres (0.4 sq mi). Within the zone residential development is confined to 3 small areas measuring only 0.137 square kilometres (0.053 sq mi) in total.[7]



Hexham is located at the junction of the Pacific Highway to Brisbane via the coastal route, the New England Highway and is close to the northern end of the Sydney-Newcastle Freeway.


Hexham has its own railway station on the Main north line, which passes through the area. It was the riverine terminus of the Richmond Vale Railway line, an early coal hauling railway from Minmi and Stockrington. The wharf was later closed and the line was converted to join the main line to access the coal handling facilities in Newcastle.[8]


The mosquito species Ochlerotatus alternans is common in the area and adults, famed for their size and ferocity, are referred to as "Hexham Greys".[9] The most famous Hexham Grey is "Ossie the Mossie", (sometimes spelled as "Ozzie the Mozzie") a large model of a mosquito that sits atop the Hexham Bowling Club sign at the corner of the Pacific Highway and Old Maitland Road in Hexham.[10] The previous "Ossie" was replaced with a new "Ossie" (pictured) in 2005.[11] Ozzie disappeared from the sign in early February 2010 and was replaced in April 2010


  1. ^  The density presented is that of the whole suburb. However, almost all of the population resides in only about 0.13 square kilometres (0.05 sq mi), or about 0.7%, of the suburb. Most of the suburb consists of unpopulated swampland with some industrial areas between the Pacific Highway and the Hunter River.[7] The population density of the residential portion of the suburb is much higher at 1,126 inhabitants per square kilometre (2,916/sq mi).
  2. ^  Average elevation of the suburb as shown on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE.
  3. ^  Area calculation is based on 1:100000 map 9232 NEWCASTLE.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Hexham (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-06-18.  Map
  2. ^ a b c "Geographical Names Register Extract: Hexham". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  3. ^ a b c "Suburb Search - Local Council Boundaries - Hunter (HT) - Newcastle City Council". New South Wales Department of Local Government. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  4. ^ "Wallsend". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  5. ^ "Cessnock". New South Wales Electoral Commission. 2007-03-24. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  6. ^ "Newcastle". Australian Electoral Commission. 2007-10-19. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  7. ^ a b c "Hexham". Department of Lands - Spatial Information eXchange. New South Wales Department of Lands. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Richmond Vale Railway - Early History". Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  9. ^ "Mosquito Photos Ochlerotatus alternans". NSW Health. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  10. ^ "The Big Mozzie at Hexham Newcastle N.S.W". webshots travel. Retrieved 2008-06-18. 
  11. ^ "Ozzie the Mozzie buzzes back in to town" (PDF). Shortland Pipeline (newspaper). 24 April 2007. p. 2. Retrieved 21 February 2010. 

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