Wollongong Heritage and Stories

A Coat Of Memories

This double breasted coat was owned by Drago Radinovic and represents some of the hardest and most…

What Shall We Do With the Drunken Sailor?

The Queen of Nations was a clipper ship built in 1861 for the Aberdeen White Star line. With her…

Bonnie Gem caravan and contents

With the coming of the car, Australians were able to travel to their destinations much quicker than…

Roll out the Barrel

Since white settlement in 1788, migrants have come from all over the world to populate our island…

Pit Ponies of the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster

Horses and pit ponies were a major part of mining life up to the 1950s and even as far as the 1990s.…

On a Quiet Afternoon in Mount Kembla

“The road to Mount Kembla is paved with sad memories. It is also a fairy land where green…

The WW2 Dapto Plane Crash

On 4 November 1942, a Lockhead Hudson, piloted by Sgt Norman Baxter Clark crashed into Bong Bong…

Vietnam War Ration Pack

The Vietnam War is an event experienced by many Wollongong and Illawarra men, women and their…

Permission to Sketch

This sketchbook of drawings from WW1 France, belonged to Frank Henderson Molony. Frank was an…

Report on the Inquiry into the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster

There were three public inquiries into the cause of the Mt Kembla Mine Disaster. In 1903, a Royal…

The Davy Safety Lamp

The Davy lamp was invented by Sir Humphry Davy in 1816, allowing deep seams to be mined despite the…

Thomas Cook's Lamp

This lamp belonged to Thomas Cook who was Manager of the Mt Pleasant Mine in the 1890s.In the hours…

Awards for the Rescuers

In 1904, two years after the disaster, 51 medals were awarded to rescuers by the Royal Shipwreck…