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Wollongong-Illarrawa Region Local History

The region was originally inhabited by the Dharawal Indigenous Australians.

1796 First Europeans to visit the Wollongong region

were navigators George Bass and Matthew Flinders, who landed at Lake Illawarra in 1796. Bass also documented the considerable coal deposits in the region. The first settlers were cedar cutters in early 1800s, followed by graziers in 1812.

1815 Charles Throsby built a stockmans hut.

1816 First Land Grants Made

for the Wollongong region.

1830 Military Barracks Constructed near Wollongong Harbour

1834 Further Wollongong Settlers Arrived

and a town was planned. On the 26 November the town of Wollongong was gazetted.

1835-36 Bulli Pass Main Road

down the escarpment was built with convict labour.

1856 Wollongong's Population 864.

1858 George Brown erected the first court house.

1861 Wollongongs 1st Horse-Drawn Tramway

from Mount Keira to Wollongong Harbour

1862 Wollongong to Bellambi Telegraph

line opened.

1865 First Gas Supply in Wollongong

was provided from a gas plant in Corrimal Street.

1868 Wollongong's Harbour extensions

were opened by Lady Belmore and named Belmore Basin.

1870s Wollongong Coke Works Established

by Patrick Lahiff at Wollongong Harbour. The ovens were demolished in 1892. Their remains were later recovered and are now preserved with a plaque explaining their history.

1871 Wollongong Lighthouse

was completed

1880 Mt Keira to Wollongong Harbour steam locomotives

were introduced to haul coal the harbour.

1883 Wollongong Installed Gas Street Lighting.

1885 New Court House Erected

in Market St, Wollongong. Designed in the Classical Revival style considered appropriate for public buildings. It's now listed on the Register of the National Estate.

1886 Wollongong's First Town Hall

was erected.

1887 The Illawarra Railway to Wollongong

was completed.

1902 Australia's Worst Coal Mine Disaster at Mt Kembla mine

when an explosion killed 94 men and boys, the youngest aged 14, the oldest 69. Two other men died attempting to rescue survivors.

1908 The Wollongong District Hospital

was established on Garden Hill.

1916 The Wollongong High School

was opened.

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