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Discovery of Lake Macquarie : 19-July-2011
Discovery of Lake Macquarie : 19-July-2011

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A monument commemorates the European discovery of Lake Macquarie by Captain WIlliam Reid in July 1800.

Lake Macquarie was first encountered by Europeans in 1800, when Captain William Reid, who had been sent from Sydney to retrieve a load of coal from Newcastle Harbour. Reid took a wrong turn and found himself in a lake rather than a river, with no coal to be seen anywhere. The name "Reid's Mistake" was retained until 1826, when it was renamed in honour of Governor Lachlan Macquarie. 

Location

Address:Lambton Parade, Reids Reserve, Swansea Heads, 2281
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.087682
Long: 151.662498
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Sub-Theme:Discovery
Approx. Event Start Date:July-1800
Approx. Event End Date:July-1800

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 8th October, 2000
Front Inscription

REIDS RESERVE

This plaque commemorates the European discovery
of Lake Macquarie near this spot
by Captain William Reid in July 1800.

In celebration of the
City of Lake Macquarie Bicentenary in 2000.

Councillor (illegible)
Mayor of Lake Macquarie and Chairman of the
Lake Macquarie Bicentenary Committee,  
8 October, 2000.

Source: MA
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