Everyone has a story. Listen to the memories of local residents as they recount their experiences of living in the Wollongong region.
Click on the residents’ names or photos for more information and to listen to their stories.
Pamela Griffith is an artist whose ancestors lived in the Wollongong area.
Listen to Pamela’s interview here.
Barbara Street shares detailed experiences of her childhood in Wollongong and of growing up in the area.
Listen to Barbara’s interview here.
John Street shares information about his life growing up in East Corrimal as well as facts regarding his Uncle Edwin (Ted) Street’s life and the Street’s Ice Cream Factory in Corrimal.
Listen to John’s interview here.
Ken Geary has spent most of his life in Wollongong and shares great information about the city of yesteryear, naming shops and their owners, along with memories of how people lived.
Listen to Ken’s interview here.
The ‘Together Apart’ Public Art Project is a photographic and story exhibition created by artist Sam St Jon documenting the resilience of Illawarra’s community and shared experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Listen to Sam’s interview here.
Rowan Huxtable has worked for BHP and is active in environmental and community groups.
Listen to Rowan’s interview here.
Wollongong City Libraries
Helen Cavenagh worked at Wollongong City Libraries from 1964. She was employed in extension services, including the bookmobile.
Listen to Helen’s interview here.
Marjorie (Midge) Allan
Wollongong City Libraries
Midge Allan worked at Wollongong City Libraries from 1955. She was employed at Wollongong Library and a number of branch libraries, in addition to the bookmobile.
Listen to Midge’s interview here.
Daniel Lysaght grew up in Mangerton in the house known as “Hightrees”. His father Charles was the general manager of John Lysaght (Australia) Pty Ltd for many years.
Listen to Daniel’s interview here.
Norma Todd travelled widely but always returned to Wollongong.
Listen to Norma’s interview here.
Steve is a long-term resident. He talks about his life growing up and working in the Illawarra.
Listen to Steve’s story here.
Ed was an electrician with Wollongong City Council, a film projectionist, an activist for the preservation of Wiseman Park, and a fundraiser for the cancer treatment centre at Wollongong Hospital.
Listen to Ed’s story here.
Mary Rose was born in Glasgow and migrated to Australia with her family in 1952 when she was thirteen. She wrote the award winning book “The Winter Sparrows” about her childhood experiences.
Listen to Mary Rose’s story here.
Mary is a daughter of Sid and Madge Hoskins, who built the “Glennifer Brae” residence in Keiraville, where she lived with her family from 1938 to 1945. Her father established the Australian Iron and Steel works at Port Kembla.
Listen to Mary’s story here.
Sylvia grew up at Tarrawanna and worked as a nurse in Wollongong.
Listen to Sylvia’s story here.
Ron grew up in Wollongong in the 1950s and has many memories of places, people and their way of life.
Listen to Ron’s story here.
Jack has colourful memories of the Wollongong area as a child and student, working through his school years and socialising locally.
Listen to Jack’s story here.
Edith has lived in the same house all her life and worked locally in the textile industry. She spent many years as a machinist at Hardie Rubber Factory and at King Gee.
Listen to Edith’s story here.
Elsie recalls how the economic depression of the 1920s affected people in the Illawarra and how her father helped those out of work.
Listen to Elsie’s story here.
Born in 1935, Ken grew up in West Wollongong and recalls stories of his childhood in a close-knit neighbourhood.
Listen to Ken’s story here.
This is an ongoing project and we welcome your contribution. If you are interested in sharing your recollections of Wollongong please contact us.
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