Lake Macquarie History

Reid's Mistake: The human face of coal

To mark the 200th year since coal was discovered in the Lake Macquarie region, the voices of those who remember the earliest methods used to mine coal have been recorded and presented here in "The human face of coal".

Topics covered in this recording

  • Awabakal Nation recorded as using coal
  • exploits of William and Mary Bryant
  • Settlement in and around the Newcastle area was based on the abundance of coal
  • discovery of coal in Lake Macquarie by Captain William Reid
  • Reverend Lancelot Edward Threlkeld
  • development of the mining industry - early mining companies through to the BHP
  • exporting coal


Bell, John & Driscoll, Judy & Lake Macquarie (N.S.W.). Council & 2NUR-FM (Radio station : Newcastle, N.S.W.) 1991, Reid's Mistake: The Human face of coal : an oral history of the early years of coal mining in Lake Macquarie, Lake Macquarie City Council and 2NUR-FM, [Speers Point, N.S.W.]