Dapto Stories

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

Click on the resident’s photos for more information and to listen to their story.

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Nancy June Hollis

Nancy was born in 1938 and has lived her whole life in Dapto. She talks about her family, school and work experience.

Listen to Nancy’s story here.

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Maxwell Duley

Maxwell was born in Wollongong in 1937. Growing up in Dapto, he had a self-confessed instinct for attracting trouble.

Listen to Maxwell’s story here.

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Denise Lawler (nee Abbott)

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

Listen to Denise’s story here.

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Joan Polonis (nee Drew)

Joan was born in Cairns, Queensland in 1935 and moved to Dapto with her husband in 1959, raising their young family there. She worked at the local Doctor’s Surgery for 20 years and remembers the professional commitment of the team.

Listen to Joan’s story here.

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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

Neil & Tera were married in 1965. In these interviews, they recall Dapto in the 50s and 60s, their dating days, and early married life

Listen to Neil and Tera’s story here.

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Rex & Kathleen Swan

Rex and Kathleen met as young teenagers in Dapto and 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.

Listen to Rex and Kathleen’s story here.

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Pamela Towers

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

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Anne Powter

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

Listen to Anne’s story here.

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Neale Armstrong

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

Listen to Neale’s story here.

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Trevor Smith

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

Listen to Trevor’s story here.

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Mavis Stevenson

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

Listen to Mavis’s story here.

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Einir Brunckhorst

Einir was 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.

Listen to Einir’s story here.

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Frederick Moore

Fred was born in Cobar, NSW on 5 September, 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.

Listen to Fred’s story here.

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Karolyn Spinks was born in Wellington, New Zealand on July 13, 1962 and moved to Dapto from Balgownie with her husband and two sons in 2004.

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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.

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