Welcome to Illawarra Remembers

As the 100 year anniversary of the Great War approaches many institutions are expanding their online collections and digitising items that relate to 1914-1918.

Official launch of the website

Over 100 people attended the official launch of the website on Thursday 25 September.
Read the story in The Illawarra Mercury.

Upcoming Scan and Share Day

Illawarra Remembers' next scan and share day will be held on 10 October 2014 at Wollongong Central Library from 10am to 4pm.

Centenary of World War One

Monday 4 August 2014 marked the 100 year anniversary since the declaration of the First World War. Commemorations were held across the nation to pay tribute to the men and women who sacrficed their lives in the war. This included a commemorative service at Baglownie War Memorial where hundreds were gathered. Read more from the Illawarra Mercury.

Scan and Share days

2013 saw a number of scan and share days held for the Illawarra Remembers project. Each scan day was extremely successful and received very well by the local community who contributed greatly to the project.

Illawarra Remembers’ first scan and share day was held at Thirroul Library and Community Centre on 26 June 2013. Contributors shared a variety of family keepsakes ranging from photographs, diaries, letters and drawings to medals, badges and ID bracelets. The success of the day was resonated by a WIN News segment on 28 June.

Waratah March

According to an article found in the Shoalhaven Telegraph (1 May 1918), a visual recording of the Waratah March was taken at Wollongong.

The article states: ‘“The Waratahs Route March,” as taken at Wollongong, will also be screened [at Nowra School of Arts Pictures];…”

If anyone has any information about this screening, please contact Wollongong City Libraries.


Tracing your War Ancestors and Family History resources

Flyer for Heritage Festival Events 2014

When: Friday 30 May
Where: Albion Park Community Centre (Russell St, Albion Park)
Time: From 9:30am
Cost: $5 for light lunch and refreshments

Program Highlights:
• Chasing your Military Ancestors in the NSW State Archives - Gail Davis, Senior Archivist State Records
• For the love of Will : Researching a family World War I love story and the experience of writing the family history story - Wendy Nunan, Family Historian and Author
• Finding Family history resources at the NSW State Library, including WWI diaries - Kathi Spinks, NSW State Library
• Illawarra Remembers Project - Marisa O'Connor, Wollongong City Library

Launch of Illawarra Remembers project

15 April 2013 Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM launches the Library’s World War I project ‘Illawarra Remembers’. Above photograph is of guest speaker Peter Poulton AM, President of the Illawarra Centenary of Anzac Committee. Other speakers included Neroli Blakeman, Wollongong Central Library Manager, Dr Glenn Mitchell (University of Wollongong), Bernard de Broglio (Mosman Library) and Terry Bugg (Illawarra Family History Group)

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