Research Resources

There are many organisations and Internet sites that can provide information about Illawarra history and heritage.  The pre-eminent resource is the Wollongong City Library, Local Studies collection.
The collection is located on level 1, 41 Burelli St, Wollongong.  Telephone : 02 4227 7414


Heritage Tales from the Illawarra Articles written by journalist, Michelle Hoctor
Illawarra Index Index to major articles from the 1800s published in the Illawarra Mercury, South Coast Times and other local newspapers as well as articles from the Illawarra Historical Society Bulletin.
Michael Organ Collection of articles and other sources compiled by local historian
Trove (National Library of Australia) Index to publications, images and other information resources contained in Australian libraries.
Timeless Wollongong Articles written for the Wollongong Advertiser by historian, Carol Herben.
Trove Newspapers Index to articles in newspapers throughout Australia
University of Wollongong Archives Provides access to a wide variety of resources relating to Illawarra.
Dapto History in Photos Historic and contemporary images of Dapto and surrounds
Illawarra Images Collection of photographs of people, places, buildings and events from the mid 1800s.
Lost Wollongong Community website providing access to historical and contemporary images of Illawarra
Illawarra Coal History of coal mines and mining in Illawarra
Mt Kembla Website of Mt Kembla Mining Heritage Inc
Mining & Metallurgy Australian Institute of Mining & Metallurgy, Illawarra
Family History Illawarra Family History website
Migration Website of the Illawarra Migration Heritage Project
World War 1 Images and information about soldiers from Illawarra who enlisted in World War I
Helensburgh Website of the Helensburgh & District Historical Society
Northern Illawarra Articles written by local historian, Mick Roberts
Port Kembla Historical and general information about Port Kembla
Shellharbour Local Environmental Plans Includes list of buildings and places on the Shellharbour City Council environmental heritage register
Smith’s Hill Fort Historical information and images relating to the fortifications on Cliff Rd at Smith’s Hill, Wollongong.
Suburbs Profile Historical & environmental information on all the Suburbs in the Wollongong Council area
Wollongong Local Environmental Plans Includes list of buildings and places on the Wollongong City Council environmental heritage register