Lake Macquarie History


The City Council of Lake Macquarie acknowledge the Aboriginal people known today as the Awabakal, as the traditional Custodians of the land, respecting Aboriginal Elders past, present and future. Lake Macquarie City Council recognise the local Aboriginal community today in all of their diversity, who came forward to share their experiences, knowledge, images and memories.

An Aboriginal word meaning ‘restful place’. Mrs Rupert Vale daughter in law of James Vale chose this name for the area. A portion of southern Lake Macquarie is in Wyong Shire council area.


Hunter Region Inservice Training (N.S.W.) & Hunter History Curriculum Committee (N.S.W.) 1980, Aborigines of the Hunter Region : draft, Hunter History Curriculum Committee, [Newcastle, N.S.W.]

1954 '£250,000 WORKS PLAN', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 16 July, p. 2. , viewed 26 Sep 2018,

Streets in Gwandalan