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The History of Industry and Mining in Lake Macquarie - Belmont Library

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19 Ernest Street

Belmont, NSW 2280

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Peta Belic, history PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, outlines the history of industries and mining in Lake Macquarie.

Lake Macquarie is a local government administrative city. Yet, in popular understanding, it is a contested space. It is often depicted as being little more than the ‘little brother’ of the more wealthy and well-resourced city of Newcastle. This is particularly supported by the fact that the city of Lake Macquarie has no city centre, rather it is defined by its geographic name sake, the massive and beautiful Lake Macquarie. Existing histories of Lake Macquarie often address local area known as Lake Macquarie by studying its suburbs.

This presentation is based on the distribution of heavy industry within the current city boundaries of Lake Macquarie. It will utilise modern technology to show the development of industry since the 1800s and the way that industry gradually became more focused on the north-west region around Cockle Creek. Finally, this mapping of industry will be considered in relation to labour history analysis of working class communities and allow the presenter to suggest some social trends and features that are distinctly a product of being a woman of Lake Macquarie.

A History Illuminated event presented by Lake Mac Libraries and Hunter Writers Centre

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