History of Lake Mac

Vision and sacrifice
Vision and sacrifice-image
Vision and sacrifice

Crusaders has been blessed over the past 100 years by extraordinary sacrifice.

Dr Paul White, a former missionary to Africa, was driving with his family around the north of Sydney when they stopped at a derelict shop for a drink. Dr White heard someone coughing badly inside the shop, and went inside to help. Later, the man whom Dr White had helped told Dr White he had land at Galston Gorge to sell. As the founding Secretary of the Crusader Union, Dr White had a vision of permanent campsites for the Union and so he generously mortgaged his home to purchase the land, securing it for later development as a campsite.

In 1946, Dr White’s Senior Partner Dr Leslie Parr (pictured) was inspired by Dr White’s generosity. Dr Parr owned land that he thought would be useful to create a youth campsite where boys and girls could learn about Jesus. So, he sacrificially donated the parcel of land he owned on the shores of Lake Macquarie to Crusaders, so that this vision could become reality.

Dr Parr’s land is now the current Lake Mac campsite. Crusaders is immensely thankful to God for the sacrificial generosity of His people that has enabled so many years of Gospel ministry at Lake Mac.

Volunteers and perspiration
Volunteers and perspiration-image
Volunteers and perspiration

Hugh Braga (pictured), a faithful Crusader supporter, saw that the superb location of the land offered by Dr Parr at Lake Macquarie offered unequalled opportunities for kingdom ministry. He sprang into action, gathering a vibrant group of volunteers whom he led in working parties and Bible studies for several years. He even took annual leave from work before and after each weekend working party to erect and pull down tents for the team to stay in.

Together Hugh and these faithful volunteers built the first permanent structures at Lake Mac. They succeeded in transforming the vacant land into a campsite at which eternal truths have been proclaimed for generations.

Lake Mac through the decades
Lake Mac through the decades-image
Lake Mac through the decades

Explore historical pictures and videos from Lake Mac.

If you have historical pictures or videos of your experience that you would like to share please contact Damien on damien.wang@crusaders.edu.au or (02) 9188 9718

Crusaders Girls Camp 1958

Crusaders Senior Boys Camp 1963

1960s Lake Mac Working Bee