Lake Macquarie History

Canberra Street

Canberra is derived from an Aboriginal word and is usually translated as 'meeting place', and would be an appropriate name for the site of a national parliament if this definitely were the derivation. Unfortunately, this is not so. Like most Aboriginal names, the meaning is the subject of conjecture and dispute. (Source 'Australian Place Names' by B and B Kennedy). Part of Buller Street, shown on a 1955 Council map, was renamed Canberra Street.

Acknowledgement of Country

We remember and respect the Ancestors who cared for and nurtured this Country. It is in their footsteps that we travel these lands and waters. Lake Macquarie City Council acknowledges the Awabakal people and Elders past, present and future.

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