Lake Macquarie History


An Aboriginal word meaning ‘restful place’. Mrs Rupert Vale daughter in law of James Vale chose this name for the area. A portion of southern Lake Macquarie is in Wyong Shire council area.


Hunter Region Inservice Training (N.S.W.) & Hunter History Curriculum Committee (N.S.W.) 1980, Aborigines of the Hunter Region : draft, Hunter History Curriculum Committee, [Newcastle, N.S.W.]

1954 '£250,000 WORKS PLAN', Newcastle Morning Herald and Miners' Advocate (NSW : 1876 - 1954), 16 July, p. 2. , viewed 26 Sep 2018,

Streets in Gwandalan

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