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. 

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
COX, Frederick Henry Doctor at Helensburgh 1910-1942
DAVIES, William Henry Member for Wollongong (1917-1949); Member for Cunningham (1949-1956)
DAVISON, Robert Wollongong Businessman
GRANT, Robert Champion cornet player
LYSAGHT, Andrew Politician and Barrister
McINTYRE, Kenneth Owen Awarded the Albert Medal for saving a life at sea
READ, Mary Ann Infants Teacher at Wollongong Public School 1886-1926
ROSE, Jane Last Free Female First Fleeter in Australia
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 :


The Illawarra Historical Society has limited capacity to respond to enquiries.  You are welcome to send your enquiries to or on our Contact Us page.

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