Wollongong Heritage and Stories

Clothing Manufacture in Wollongong

Between the 1940s and 1970s clothing manufacturing businesses were a large employer of women and…

Silknit

Larissa Raengel was a presser and packer at Silknit. She worked between 1950 and 1957, supporting…

Working From Home

This knitted cardigan was made at home on a professional knitting machine.

Delivered by Hang Glider

This letter was delivered by hang glider to Wollongong Lord Mayor Frank Arkell in January 1984 as a…

The Search for Red Gold

It was the desire for Australian red cedar that brought timber getters to the Illawarra region, many…

Pit Ponies

Horses and pit ponies have played a vital role in the local coal mining industry. Their job was to…

Caring for the Pit Ponies

This book was used by Mt Kembla Colliery's hostlers, to record information on the collieries pit…

The Digger's Darling

The Owen Gun, officially known as the Owen Machine Carbine submachine gun, is the only weapon…

Scientific microscope

The official name of this technical instrument is JEOL JEM 2000FX 200kV analytical scanning…

Clocking on, clocking off

This Bundy Clock was used by staff at BlueScope to record their arrival and departure times for…

Dressing the Windows of Wollongong

The Wollongong Traders Association was a collective of local businesses who came together to carry…

Lysaght's air raid siren

This air raid siren was used at Lysaght's steel manufacturing works in Port Kembla during World War…

Railway signal frames

The coming of the railway to the Illawarra made a huge difference to local residents and visitors to…