Lake Macquarie History

Maritime Heritage of Lake Macquarie

The United Nations nominated June 25th to mark the International Day of the Seafarer as a way to recognize that almost everything that we use in our daily lives has been directly or indirectly affected by sea transport, and that seafarers leave their homes and families, often for long periods to ensure that essential items and commodities on which our lives depend arrive safely at our homes.

photo: ferry at wangi 1925

Lake Macquarie is very much a maritime town bordered by many beautiful bays and beaches on one side, and with the largest saltwater lake in the southern hemisphere as its centrepiece.

From the traditional custodians of the land, the Awabakal, to the early European settlers, to the sports men and women who have made great achievments, the people of Lake Macquarie have found employment and pleasure in maritime activity over the years.

The following stories on our website highlight the many ways our maritime environment have shaped the history of our city.

European discovery and Mapping

A fortunate mistake: Captain William Reid and the European discovery of Lake Macquarie

Captain Ernest Snowden Deed 1869-1943


Fishing: Lake Macquarie - the way it was. Oral History

Sulphide Corporation

Coal Mining

Harry Linsley

Eraring Power Station

Sporting Acomplishments

Alby Burgin 1915-2008


Glenrock Lagoon

Salty Creek Recreation Area

Opening of the new Clubhouse for Redhead Surf Lifesaving Club

Lake Macquarie Park, known as Speers Point Park

Royal Motor Yacht Club, Toronto

Belmont 16 Foot Sailing Club

Sailing and Boating: Lake Macquarie - the way it was. Oral History

The Lake: Lake Macquarie - the way it was. Oral history

Holidays at Lake Macquarie


Rathmines Air Base


Historic Shipwrecks of Lake Macquarie

Wreck of the Scotch Queen

Wreck of the Catherine Hill

Sharks in Lake Macquarie

A narrow escape from drowning


The bridges of Swansea

'Fisho Jack' and the five Islands bridges

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.

Council acknowledges traditional custodians throughout Australia. We commit to listening deeply to and collaborating with First Peoples in our work.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website and Council's cultural collections may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

This website may contain place names, opinions and terms that reflect authors' views or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded. These may not be considered appropriate today.

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