Boolaroo, located near Newcastle’s Central Business District, is a small suburb in the City of Lake Macquarie. Boolaroo was named after an Aboriginal word that means “a place of many flies”. One of the first settlers in Boolaroo was William Brooks, who arrived in the area in 1839. He was given a government land grant and had about 1,280 acres. By 1886, Boolaroo’s population was increasing and a town was eventually developed. Part of the population increase was the Stockton Borehole Coal Mine that opened in 1886 where the early residents of Boolaroo worked. Boolaroo became the centre of headlines on December 1989 when a strong earthquake hit Newcastle. According to reports, Boolaroo was the epicentre of the earthquake. Today, Boolaroo is home to several shops, a few churches, a cinema, a library and the Boolaroo Public School.