Occupies one of Mailtand’s historic old buildings known in the 1840’s as Dickson’s store. The Dickson brothers played a crucial role in the early development of Maitland opening up a direct shipping route from England for the goods they sold. The brothers were also very active in the community & James Dickson represented Maitland as a member of the NSW legislature until his untimely death in 1863
In 1872 the building then began a long career as a hotel, being Hook’s Family Hotel, Muirs Family Hotel, The Excelsior, Browns Hotel, Fulford Hotel, Cohen’s Hotel, Bickerton’s Royal and finally The Royal Hotel, and then spent around 30 years as the Hunter Valley Christian Life Centre.
For the past 7 years it has operated as a studio, rehearsal space and occasional community venue, hosting events such as the almost annual Sun Street Youth Festival and occasionally a location for Maitland Library’s Look Who’s Talking Showcase, Local History Talks, and last years Indie Writers Festival.
Sun Street Studios is currently undergoing renovations and, as a result of a post-covid rethink, will be moving away from their tradional studio and liver sound work and more into event hosting.
Sun Street Studios operators like to give back to the Mailtand Community that welcomed them so warmly back in 2014.
246 High street has played a role in many Mailtand activities over it’s 180 or so years and Sun Street Studios look forward to hosting on Saturday 12th June, as a part of Maitland Heritage Fest,
a Piano Recital of the Historic Mindaribba Waltz by Maitland’s own composer Henry C. “Harry” Hyndes (1862-1898), published circa 1895. Sun Street Studios willl also be providing staging and sound at several events around Maitland over the Heritage Fest weekend.