Listed below are short biographies of people who contributed to the development of Wollongong. 
The entries in this section are the result of research enquiries received by the Illawarra Historical Society.  They do not seek to be exhaustive but serve as a quick reference.  Where possible indications are provided to further sources.   Click on the red text for more information.

BARRETT family John and Johanna Barrett, and their children Tom and Isabel who lived at 41 Auburn St, Wollongong
BLAXLAND, Gregory Tobacco Growing in Illawarra
BRIGHT, John Wollongong Retail Tycoon 1832-1883
BROADFOOT, Margaret Radio announcer and journalist 1943-1950s
COADY, Richard Coal miner at Coal Cliff 1878-1884
COLE, Robert Martin Early landowner at Farmborough Heights
COMELLI, John Real estate agent, property developer and businessman in Wollongong
COOPER, Alice World War 1 nurse
COX, Frederick Henry Doctor at Helensburgh 1910-1942
CUNNINGHAM, John Master shipbuilder at Wollongong 1831-1843
DAVIES, William Henry Member for Wollongong (1917-1949); Member for Cunningham (1949-1956)
DAVISON, Robert Wollongong Druggist, Chemist and Businessman 1839-1842, 1852-1854
DYMOCK, David Lindsay Local auctioneer romoter of dairy co-operatives [1837-1939]
FIGTREE Family Cokeworks proprietors
FRANKS, Pat Long-term councillor on Wollongong City Council
GRANT, Robert Champion cornet player
LANCE, Walter Crown St shop owner 1889-1929
LYSAGHT, Andrew Politician and Barrister
McINTYRE, Kenneth Owen Awarded the Albert Medal for saving a life at sea
MALLON, Richard Veteran settler at West Dapto
READ, Mary Ann Infants Teacher at Wollongong Public School 1886-1926
ROSE, Jane Last Free Female First Fleeter in Australia
SHANNON-SHANAHAN, Ellen Soldier's widow and owner of 13 CRown St Wollongong
STORK, Sarah Waterfall Bus Proprietor
TUXWORTH, Catherine Dame of the Order of St Syvester
VICKERY, Ebenezer Frank Vision for a model village at Coalcliff
VINING, Jay Joseph Dapto Storekeeper
WISEMAN, William John Wollongong Businessman and Civic Leader

Want to do your own research?
Finding information about people who have contributed to the history of Illawarra requires the use of multiple sources. A good place to start is the Local Studies collections of the Wollongong Central Library. The collection is located on level 1.

Wollongong Central Library
41 Burelli St, Wollongong, NSW, 2500
Telephone: 02 4227 7414

Details of the Local Studies Library are available online:


Other useful resources:

Illawarra Family History Group :

Illawarra Images :

Illawarra Index :

Trove (National Library of Australia) :

University of Wollongong Archives :


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