Warrawong, Port Kembla & Cringila Stories

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.

Joe Cassar


Joe Cassar

Cringila

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.

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Chick, Frances and Mary - HeadshotFrances Chick and Mary Mackenzie 
Cringila

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 story here.

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Covell, Diana - headshot Diana Covell

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.

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John Garcia 
Warrawong

Born in 1940 in a Spanish refugee camp in France, John came to Australia when he was 12. He lived in Victoria for 4 years before moving the Warrawong/Port Kembla area.

Listen to John’s story here.

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Keenan, Nella - headshot Nella Keenan 
Port Kembla

Nella was born in Port Kembla to Italian immigrants in the early 1960’s.

Listen to Nella’s story here.

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John Mallia

John Mallia 
Port Kembla

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.

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Maloney, Noline - headshotNoline Maloney 
Berkeley

Born in the 1930s, country girl Noline moved to the city and then to the Illawarra.

Listen to Noline’s story here.

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Barbara Jones Profile IconBarbara Jones
Berkeley

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.

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Ray Jones - Profile IconRay Jones
Port Kembla

Ray and his family have lived in Port Kembla for generations and have worked locally and been active members of the community.

Listen to Ray’s story here.

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Aunty Lorraine IconAunty Lorraine Brown
Coomaditchie

Lorraine has lived in the Illawarra for 47 years. She is deeply involved with the activities of the Coomaditchie United Aboriginal Corporation to increase cultural awareness and build community.

Listen to Aunty Lorraine’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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