Awaba, New South Wales

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New South Wales
Population 352 (2011)[1]
Established 1885
Postcode(s) 2283
LGA(s) City of Lake Macquarie
Parish Awaba
State electorate(s) Lake Macquarie
Federal Division(s) Charlton

Awaba /əˈwɒbə/ is a town and locality in the City of Lake Macquarie in New South Wales, Australia, inland from Toronto. The name Awaba is of Aboriginal origins, and means "flat or plain surface", referring to Lake Macquarie.[2]

History and facilities[edit]

A timber depot was established there in 1885, and the township created the same year. The railway station was opened in 1887.

The town has a railway station on the Central Coast & Newcastle Line, a primary school (opened 1891), and a Rural Fire Station. The locality contains a state colliery and parts of the Awaba State Forest.

The town was a hotspot for fleeing Aboriginal people following the Toronto riots and murders in 1896. Many of these Aboriginal people were forced to hide from the rioting mobs that were hunting them. The hiding Aboriginals were eventually able to come out of hiding months after the incident when a truce had been made between the mining companies and the local Aboriginals. However by this time several of those Aboriginals hiding in the Awaba township had passed away from malnutrition and substance abuse that they had suffered from during their time in hiding.[3]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Awaba (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 6 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Bennett, F. C., ed. (1981). The Story of the Aboriginal People of the Central Coast of New South Wales. Brisbane Water Historical Society and The Entrance and District Historical Society (Jointly). p. 17. 
  3. ^ Bradford, E. (1998). A History of the Salt Water Lake: Lake Macquarie Australia. Sydney: Blackhouse Print. p. 69. 

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Coordinates: 33°00′54″S 151°32′06″E / 33.015°S 151.535°E / -33.015; 151.535