Lake Macquarie History

Swansea Heads

European History

The important opening of Lake Macquarie to the sea is at Swansea Heads. Reid's Mistake Head was named after Captain William Reid the first known white visitor in his ship "Martha" who encountered Lake Macquarie in 1800.
Reverend Threlkeld established a coal loading depot in 1842 at Swansea Heads.

In early times was called South Head.

The Australian Volunteer Coast Guard Station is on Crown Land at Swansea Heads. The former Signal Master's Cottage burnt down in 2001.


Clouten, Keith 1967, Reid's mistake : the story of Lake Macquarie from its discovery until 1890, Lake Macquarie Shire Council, [Speers Point, N.S.W.]

PROUDMAN, D 2001, 'Flames destroy historic cottage', Newcastle Herald (Australia), 13 Apr, p. 14

2001, 'Vandals almost finish job', Newcastle Herald (Australia), 6 Feb, p. 4

Streets in Swansea Heads

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