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Secretary Terry needs your help. Do you know anything about the original Grammar School in Wollongong, c. 1884? The school was situated in the grounds of St. Michael's Church, Wollongong.
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Illawarra Family History Group

Do you have a connection to the Illawarra area of New South Wales?

Need help tracking down your ancestors?

Whether you live locally, interstate or overseas the Illawarra Family History Group can help you.

We have an extensive collection of resources and experienced members who specialise in Illawarra family history.

Let us do the research for you. We may already have the answers you are looking for.

Prospective members and visitors are welcome at meetings which are held at 7.30 pm on the third Wednesday of each month, except January, in the Old Wollongong Court House, corner of Harbour Street and Cliff Road, Wollongong NSW 2500. Or drop into the Family History area of the Wollongong City Library Reference Section (Burelli St Wollongong) on Wednesdays and Fridays -from 9.30am till 12.30pm - when our member volunteers are available to help with your queries.

Did you know we have set up a  resource site to serve as a "back end" to this website which covers WW1 resources

Also do you use Facebook ? If so - then have you checked out our Facebook page lately ? It has daily updates focusing on genealogy tips - as well as tributes to our WW1 soldiers, sailors and nurses. 

On our Facebook page,  we are commemorating the centenary of the passing of soldiers and sailors who died in WW1 - from our Illawarra WW1 Roll of Honour.

Currently our Facebook page has over 300 followers -  more than quadrupling the number we had in September 2014 !

Like us on our Facebook page - to keep up to date with those daily tips and tributes to our WW1 folk.

To commemorate the centenary of World War I, Wollongong City Libraries, and its partners, developed an innovative on-line resource Illawarra Remembers 1914 - 1918

It includes information and photographs that tell the stories of the Illawarra's brave men and women who went to war in 1914-1918. This resource will continue to grow, as members of the community add stories and photographs of their relatives in WW1. 

We need your help.

Please share treasures from your family's history for this period. The project partners continue to collect & record stories, as well as scanning photographs and original documents. 

Did you see the great article on the South Coast Waratahs in WW1 in the Illawarra Mercury recently ? Our Terry Bugg gave a lot of help to Alan Clark on this project - see notes on the Waratahs.