Dapto Stories

Everyone has a story. Listen to the memories of local residents as they recount their experiences of living in the Dapto region.

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Nancy June Hollis

Born in 1938 and has lived her whole life in Dapto. June talks about her family, school and work experience.

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Maxwell Duley

Born in 1937 in Wollongong but growing up in Dapto, he had a self-confessed instinct for attracting trouble.

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Denise Lawler (nee Abbott)

Born in 1944 and moved to Dapto at the age of 11 from the Northern Suburbs of the Illawarra. Denise has happy memories of growing up in Dapto, dodging plover birds and riding the tractor to the milk factory in Station Street.

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Joan Polonis (nee Drew)

Born in Cairns Queensland in 1935. She came to Dapto in 1959 with her husband where they raised their young family. Joan worked at the local Doctor Surgery for 20 years and remembers the professional commitment of the team.

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David John Ritter

Moving to Dapto when he was four, David talks about his family life, school days and flooding in the Dapto area.

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Neil & Tera Wheway

Married in 1965, in these interviews they recall Dapto in the 50s and 60s, and their dating days and early married life

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Rex & Kathleen Swan

Rex and Kathleen met as young teenagers in Dapto and they have been married for 58 years. Together they recall life in Dapto and Wongawilli and their courting days when Rex worked at Fairley’s and Kathleen at the local newsagency.

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Pamela Towers

Born in 1938 in Wollongong. Pam grew up in Wongawilli and tells of her family history and recalls many exploits of her family and friends.

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Anne Powter

Born in 1942 and arrived in Dapto from Dubbo in 1970, Anne was an active participant in the Dapto Public School community.

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Neale Armstrong

Born in 1936 in Wollongong and grew up in Avondale on his family’s dairy farm. Neale remembers life on the farm and at Avondale Public School and the many antics he and his school mates got up to.

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Trevor Smith

Born in Wollongong in 1947 and grew up on his family’s dairy farm in Marshall Mount. Trevor’s family hails from convict stock who have a long history in the area and within the farming community.

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Mavis Stevenson

Born in Corrimal on May 29, 1921 and brought to the dairy farm, ‘Moorland’ in Avondale while only 3 months old. In her young years Mavis was a keen horse woman and life long member of the Dapto CWA, giving her legendary status in the area.

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Einir Brunckhorst

Born in Wales on 25 June, 1940 and immigrated to Australia with her family in 1952. They moved to Dapto when Einir was 11 years old and she recalls how foreign everything seemed to her in this new country.

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Frederick Moore

Born in Cobar, NSW on September 5, 1922 and moved to Dapto with his wife and three children in 1952. Through his work in the mines and trade unions, Fred has become iconic in the area and is often called upon when it comes to researching and writing local history.

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This is an ongoing project and we welcome your contribution. If you are interested in sharing your recollections of Dapto please contact us.