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

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The plaque commemorates the European discovery of Lake Macquarie by Captain WIlliam Reid in July 1800. The plaque was unveiled to celebrate the City of Lake Macquarie bicentenary. The reserve is named in his owner. 

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. 


Address:Lambton Parade, Reids Reserve, Swansea Heads, 2281
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.087682
Long: 151.662498
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Landscape
Approx. Event Start Date:July-1800
Approx. Event End Date:July-1800


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 8th October, 2000
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Plaque :


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
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au