Warrawong Stories

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

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


John Garcia

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.

Click here to listen to John’s story.



Chick, Frances and Mary - HeadshotFrances Chick and Mary Mackenzie

Born in 1930 and 1942, Frances and Mary share their recollections of their father, Joe Cassar who migrated to Australia, from Malta, in


Click here to listen to Frances and Mary’s story



Maloney, Noline - headshotNoline Maloney

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

Click here to listen to Noline’s story



Keenan, Nella - headshot Nella Keenan

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

Click here to listen to Nella’s story



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”

Click here to listen to Diana’s story


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