Lake Macquarie History


The City Council of Lake Macquarie acknowledge the Aboriginal people known today as the Awabakal, as the traditional Custodians of the land, respecting Aboriginal Elders past, present and future. Lake Macquarie City Council recognise the local Aboriginal community today in all of their diversity, who came forward to share their experiences, knowledge, images and memories.

Industrial heritage is fundamental in helping individuals and communities define who they are both to themselves and to the outside world. It is a major part of the record of the lives of ordinary men and women, and as such it provides a link to the past for those engaged in family and local history research.

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The bountiful natural resources of Lake Macquarie have ensured we have a proud history of coal mining, fishing, boat building and manufacturing. While the need for coal was a major factor in our industrial development, large scale industries such as Pasminco-Sulphide have been major employers of Lake Macquarie residents and played a significant part in the establishment and growth of nearby suburbs.