Everyone has a story. Listen to the memories of local residents as they recount their experiences of living in the Warrawong, Port Kembla & Cringila regions.
Click on the residents’ names or photos for more information and to listen to their stories.
Between 23 September 1976 and 6 January 1977, Glenn Mitchell interviewed several people about their experiences on the Port Kembla waterfront during the Depression years of the late 1920’s and early 1930’s. The audio files have been digitised from cassette tapes and are uneven in quality.
Listen to the stories of the Port Kembla Waterfront here.
Lance Puckeridge gives a candid account of his experience growing up in Port Kembla and his work as a Pastor for Missions to Seamen.
Listen to Lance’s story here.
Greg has lived in Primbee all his life and worked in the building industry. He now volunteers at Warrawong Community Centre’s community lunches and Men’s Group.
Listen to Greg’s story here.
Doug grew up in Port Kembla and worked as an engineer at the Steelworks from 1964 to 2007.
Listen to Doug’s story here.
Ray and his family have lived in Port Kembla for generations, have worked locally and been active members of the community.
Listen to Ray’s story here.
Barbara was born in England and migrated to Australia by ship in the 1950s, spending a few years at the Unanderra hostel before settling into Norfolk Street, Berkeley.
Listen to Barbara’s story here.
Born in the 1930s, country girl Noline moved to the city and then to the Illawarra.
Listen to Noline’s story here.
John migrated to Australia from Malta in 1949 and made a better life for his family. He was interviewed by Barry York in 1984.
Listen to John’s story here.
Nella was born in Port Kembla to Italian immigrants in the early 1960’s.
Listen to Nella’s story here.
Born in 1940 in a Spanish refugee camp in France, John came to Australia when he was twelve. He lived in Victoria for four years before moving the Warrawong/Port Kembla area.
Listen to John’s story here.
Diana worked tirelessly for the Jobs for Women Campaign in Port Kembla in the 1980’s. She is the author of “Najdovska and others – a history of the Wollongong Jobs for Women Campaign 1980-1994”.
Listen to Diana’s story here.
Frances Chick and Mary Mackenzie
Born in 1930 and 1942, Frances and Mary share recollections of their father, Joe Cassar, who migrated to Australia from Malta in 1924.
Listen to Frances and Mary’s stories here.
Joe came to Australia from Malta in 1924 when he was 19 years old and stayed all his life. This interview was recorded with Barry York in 1984.
Listen to Joe’s story here.
This is an ongoing project and we welcome your contribution. If you are interested in sharing your recollections of Warrawong, Port Kembla, and Cringila please contact us.
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