Lake Macquarie History

Pit Props and Sleepers : the story of Awaba by Doug Saxon

Pit Props and Sleepers : the story of Awaba by Doug Saxon

Awaba is a unique place, it has retained its identity due to isolation and a strong sense of community. Awaba has a rich and interesting history, researched and recorded for the first time by Doug Saxon in 1987

photo: pit props and sleepers

Doug Saxon began writing Pip Props and Sleepers almost by accident. As Principal of Awaba Public School, Doug began teaching a unit of study entitled ‘How Our Way of Life Developed’. Students interviewed a former Principal, Mr. John Hallinan, who served from 1942-1967. The students work and the collection of memorabilia promoted interest in the community, soon Doug and the students had gathered a wealth of interesting material about the Awaba community.

Doug Saxon has generously granted the library permission to share this publication with the community.The book can be viewed as a flip book using page turning software.


Saxon, Doug & Awaba Public School. Parents and Citizens Association 1988, Pit props and sleepers : the story of Awaba, Awaba Public School Parents and Citizens Association, [Awaba, N.S.W.]