Kevin Gillis

Kevin Gillis was born in Wollongong and grew up in Port Kembla. He worked in Buchanan’s furniture store before starting his own business Gillis Bros. He and his wife Dorothy were awarded OAM for service to the community in research & the preservation of heritage sites. Kevin is a wood carver and restorer and uses woodcut to create artworks of the local area.

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Seamore Maternity Hospital; Metal Manufactures Port Kembla; Buchanan’s furniture; billy-cart races; Citizens’ Military Force; WWII; anti-aircraft gun; French polishing; Gillis Bros venetian blinds; furniture restoration; Tongarra Museum; OAM; Lake Illawarra; boats; Mullet Creek; woodcarving; woodcut printing; Jewel of the Illawarra exhibition; George Ramsay Mt Kembla Mine Disaster

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History of boats on the Illawarra

The Clover Hill history: Macquarie Pass National Park

Lake Illawarra Memory and Place Project – Survivor

Where We Belong by Dot Gillis

Kevin’s Photo Album