Lake Macquarie History

Industrial

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.

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.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this website and Council's cultural collections may contain images, voices or names of deceased persons in photographs, film, audio recordings or printed material.

This website may contain place names, opinions and terms that reflect authors' views or those of the period in which the item was written or recorded. These may not be considered appropriate today.

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