Thirroul Railway Institute

The Thirroul Railway Institute opened in December 1920, on the western side of Thirroul Station. The much-loved old building at 14 Railway Parade has been a hub for the community for almost a hundred years.

The Thirroul Railway Institute Hall was originally constructed by the NSW Railways for the education of employees and was also used for teaching a diverse range of skills in addition to social functions such as wedding receptions and political and union meetings.

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Institute Memories Intact – Illawarra Mercury, 26 April 2000

Thirroul Railway – Historical Notes

Official Opening of the Railway and Tramway Institute – Illawarra Mercury – 17 December 1920

Thirroul Railway Institute Social Events

Cover of “The Railwayman’s Wife”, by Ashley Hay

Listen to the Thirroul Railway Institute Interviews:

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Paul Tuckerman

Paul talks about the history of the hall and its uses and inclusions.

Listen to Paul’s story here.


The Thirroul Railway Institute’s Photo Album


Dances – Dancefloor – Thirroul Station – Trains – 1920 – Railway Staff – Depot – Vocational Education – Library – Tradesmen – Engineers – Working-class – Piano – Bulli Workers Social & Literary Club – Wedding Receptions – Anniversaries – Industrial Meetings – Political Meetings – Unions – Labor Party – Union Banners – Photographs Of Labor Members – Thirroul Branch ALP, 1976 Proposed Demolition – TRIPS – Preservation Society – Thirroul Dance Academy – North Illawarra Bridge Club – Bluegrass – Illawarra Recorder Association – Centenary – Family Gatherings – Heritage Listing

The Thirroul Railway Institute interviews can be downloaded here.

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Paul’s Tuckerman’s interview