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MORPETH: A RICH HISTORY ■ Classified by the National Trust, Morpeth was established in 1821 on the banks of the Hunter River. ■ Morpeth was once a thriving river port for ships taking goods around Australia and the world. ■ Morpeth formed one third of a land grant made to Lieutenant Edward Charles Close by Governor Brisbane in 1821. ■ Under the instruction of the Colonial Secretary, 1833 saw the development of the public wharf for Morpeth. Queens Wharf as it was named was to become a heavily frequented river port. ■ Influenced by its desirable location on the Hunter River and awareness of the areas immense potential, Morpeth quickly evolved from a rugged bush base into a frontier town.

THE TEAM: Vera, Robyn, Alyssa and Jessica of Heritage Hairdressing.

Picture by STUART SCOTT 170513SS195

When it comes to hairdressing, Robyn Crouch looks after her clients with love. The Morpeth hairdresser with 40 years experience, has always worked with the philosophy “care for the person, care for their hair.” Mrs Crouch has operated her Morpeth salon for the past 20 years and is now cutting the hair of five generations in one family. “I have a passion for hair. I love when people come in and they change from looking tired to having a smile on their face and feeling happy,” she said. “People have come to us with hair that has not been loved so we take care of it for them.” The family owned business includes Mrs Crouch’s support-

ive husband Max and their daughter Alyssa who has 17 years hairdressing experience. “It runs in the family. Alyssa was born to do hair and I am blessed to have her with me,” Mrs Crouch said. A loyal clientele includes a woman from the Blue Mountains who travels to the Swan Street salon once every five weeks. “The business is so successful because our clients are happy with the job we do for them,” Mrs Crouch said. “We love what we do and we treat everyone as we would like to be treated and everyone is happy to return.” The service and environment provided for customers are Mrs

Crouch’s first priorities. As a new offer for clients, the salon is now using an ammonia free range of hair products. Italian made Davines products are suitable for all hair types, offer a full range of colours and are suitable for people with sensitivities. Hairdressers Alyssa and Vera are trained colour technicians. Hair spa treatments are now available at the salon and include cleansing, nourishing and a massage for healthy hair results. Heritage Hairdressing is located at 2/119 Swan Street (next door to the Courthouse Museum) and can be contacted on 49341370.

What’s new at ...Morpeth Now available instore: • Newspaper & magazine sales • NSW Lotteries • Fresh fruit, vegetables & meat • Groceries

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Swan Street, Morpeth

Darrell Lea Chocolates Swap ‘n’ Go Gas Fishing Licenses Ice Firewood Fishing Bait

Phone 4933 9502

Think! About your choices: Call Gambling Help 1800 858 858


Salon that really cares

Homework proved a winner for Tracey

TOURIST HUB: Tracey Stewart of Morpeth Collectibles.

this town.” Her shop caters for everyone – those who want to spend just $5 or several hundred dollars on rare items. “I’ve been here since October and I think the town draws from a really diverse customer base,” she said. “I am very happy about being in business here. “And the research I did before setting up paid off too. “The town has day-trippers from the Central Coast and people coming in from so many directions. I think Morpeth is a really good place for a trader to be.”

Morpeth Lodge Motel Morpeth Lodge Motel is a boutique style motel situated just 2 minutes from Morpeth by car. Built in 2006 the motel sits on four acres of beautifully manicured gardens, which are also home to Raworth Tennis Centre. All rooms have an ensuite, fridge, kettle, toaster, basic crockery and air conditioning. There is an industrial style kitchen and common room area for guests to use whilst staying with us with range oven, microwave, fridge/freezer and seating for up to 24 guests and there is also a BBQ. Guests are welcome to use the pool, as well as having a game of table tennis and tennis. There is also an Exersite and Soccer goals which guests are also welcome to use when staying here.

Morpeth Lodge Motel


Before coming to start her business Morpeth Collectibles, Tracey Stewart did her homework. “I examined various areas, but I was immediately attracted by Morpeth and its people,” Ms Stewart said. “People come to shop in Morpeth – but they also come here to enjoy themselves and have a good time while shopping. “The new housing estates are also bringing in a lot of people and I believe the place is becoming something of a tourist hub. “People come to enjoy the experience of just being in

28 Raworth Avenue, Raworth Phone 4933 3750

BAR HOURS Wednesday to Saturday 11am to late

RESTAURANT OPEN Lunch Thursday to Sunday Dinner Wednesday to Saturday Woodfire Pizza Sat Dinner Sun Lunch

Ph: 4933 6202


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