Lake Macquarie History

Shared Stories: Building a Weekender

Building a weekender

David and Rachel Israel built a holiday house at Lake View in about 1909. The Israel family travelled to Wangi from Newcastle for weekends by the water. Section 6 of the Wangi Estate had been sold to the Israels in 1908. Rachel held the title to the property.

By 1916 The Wangi Wangi Development Company formed and land sales began. David and Rachel were the Lake View Estate developers. Successive releases of land made it possible for others to build holiday homes at Wangi.

David and Rachel married in Newcastle in 1901. David was a prominent Newcastle entrepreneur, owning drapery, tailoring, jewellery and pawnbroking businesses. David died in 1936, after Rachel. He was remembered in his obituary as a founder of the Newcastle

Hebrew Congregation and Mason, an ambitious and progressive developer and an extraordinarily generous man.

Lake View Estate Wangi subdivision plan
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Lake Macquarie City Council Local Studies Collection
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