Austinmer & Coledale Stories

Everyone has a story. Listen to the memories of local residents as they recount their experiences of living in the Austinmer & Coledale areas.

The Austinmer Project began in 2011 as an Australia Street Company initiative with Sue Boaden. Further interviews conducted by Wollongong City Libraries Local Studies team are added to this collection.

Click on the residents’ names or photos for more information and to listen to their stories.


Robert Woodhill & Peter Cuninghame
Austinmer

Robert and Peter are long-term residents of Austinmer. As a child, Robert planted an oak tree at the back of his house in Austinmer Street. The tree is now very large and was the subject of a community mural that was painted in 2020.

Listen to Robert and Peter’s story here.

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Carol North
Coledale

Carol shares great memories of life in the Illawarra as well as interesting experiences during her service in the Royal Australian Air Force in the early 1940’s.

Listen to Carol’s story here.

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Val Mahoney

Val has lived in Austinmer since 1957 and has memories of the community and the shops in Moore Street.

Listen to Val’s story here.

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Ashley Hay

Listen to Ashley’s story here.


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Elaine Wilton

Listen to Elaine’s story here.


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Mollie Armstrong

Listen to Mollie’s story here.


Kevin & Patsy Grew

Listen to Kevin and Patsy’s story here.


Jim & Roma Bates

Listen to Jim and Roma’s story here.


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Margery Gilleland

Listen to Margery’s story here.


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Dot Craig

Listen to Dot’s story here.


Don Bath Sept 2014

Don Bath

Listen to Don’s story here.