Lake Macquarie History

Dudley School Museum Collection

In 2019 the long-standing Dudley School Museum was required to close. As part of Lake Macquarie City Council’s commitment to valuing and supporting local heritage, a number of items from the School Museum were acquired by the Council for public exhibition and access.

Dudley is thought to have been named after the English mining town of Dudley near Birmingham, England. The earliest land grants were around 1865, when orchards were established in the area.


The South Burwood Colliery established a coal mine in Dudley in 1888, with the colliery railway opening in 1889. The first subdivision – named South Burwood – was declared in 1889 to provide housing for the mine workers. The mine became known as Dudley Colliery in 1891, and a second subdivision was declared that same year, giving the township it’s name.
Dudley Colliery was finally closed and demolished in 1940.

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.

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