Place name
Threlkeld recorded ‘the name of two upright rocks, about 9 feet high, springing upon the side of a bluff head on the margin of the lake. The Blacks affirm from tradition, that they are two women who were transformed into rocks, in consequence of being beaten to death by a Blackman.’ Threlkeld went on to write ‘ Beneath the mountain on which the two pillars stand, a seam of common coal is seen many feet thick from which Reid obtained a large cargo of coals, when he mistook the entrance of this lake for Newcastle; a wharf, the remains of his building, still exist at this place from whom the name Reid’s Mistake is derived.’
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