Lake Macquarie History

The photographs of Con Lambert

Constant (Con) Lambert arrived in Australia from Arnhem, Holland shortly after WW2. Looking to start a new life, Con and his family - father Henry, mother Bertha Anne, sisters Theresa and Marijke - all arrived by ship in Sydney. They were then transported by train to Bathurst to be processed, and from there on to Greta Camp were they initially settled until they could get established.

Con's father worked initially on the Snowy Mountains Scheme, and then as a baker in Teralba where the family settled in the early 1950s. They bought a house in James Street, Teralba where both his parents lived out there lives,

photo: con lambert mowing his parent's  lawn at 34 james street teralba with his petrol lawnmower, 1966

Con attended Broadmeadow Central School - he travelled by train each day from Teralba, and it was this experience that forged his love of steam trains. After completing school, Con had several jobs. His two main workplaces were at the Newcastle Store until the early 1970s and then at the Sulphide (Pasminco) smelter at Boolaroo, where he worked until he retired, He also settled in James Street where he lived with wife Robyn, son Paul and daughter Fiona.

His sister Marijke also lived in James Street with her family. Marijke's grandson has purchased the house and lives in James Street and Con's son Paul has also settled in the street.

Con was a keen amateur photographer, he loved Australian wildlife, the bush and the Lake Macquarie area. He had an interest in history, mining, trains and sailing which is reflected in his photography. Con lived in James Street until he passed away at age 79 in Nov 2019. His family wanted to share his collection as a memorial to Con.

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