King Street is the original main street and business district of Raymond Terrace, up until the devastating 1955 flood which engulfed the Lower Hunter.
The business district has since moved to higher ground on William Street. King Street and its historic 19th-century buildings are unique and in need of awareness and protection.
King Street still has many historical buildings dating back to the early 1800s.
Because the area is prone to flooding people are reluctant to invest in the street and so the lovely 19th-century timber, stone and brick buildings are falling into disrepair and the street is in a general state of neglect.
Fox studios could see the potential of King Street when they filmed the Stuart Beattie movie “Tomorrow when the war began” in 2010.
The street was used in many scenes and several of the buildings were used as sets for the characters’ homes.
Early 20th century – outside 14 King Street, Masonic Lodge building which back then was the auction house for weekly produce markets
The 27-metre Estralita yacht was launched in 1948. The 32-metre William IV replica ship was also built in Raymond Terrace. The river punt in the background is crossing William Street.
Photographs from Raymond Terrace & District Society archives