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Do you have an Irish female convict or two in your family tree ? 
Did you know that about 1/2 of the 25,000 ++ female convicts in Australia were from Ireland ? 
Have you heard about the Irish TV documentary series on Irish Women Convicts banished to Australia ? 
More information here  - but don't delay - you can only view the series on line for another few weeks !!  - click here


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.


By the way can you spot our new  Illawarra Family History Group Project Officer Judy at the Society of Australian Genealogists AGM in Sydney in May 2015 ? (photo courtesy SAG Facebook Page)



Did you know we have set up a  resource site to serve as a "back end" to this website ie which covers past events, draft meeting minutes, 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 view the Illawarra WW1 Database listing - click here 

Illawarra Remembers 1914 - 1918

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. 




Did you know that the NSW National Trust Annual Heritage has kicked off ?

Details on Illawarra events in the Heritage Festival - click here.



Meeting Programme for 2015 - next is our June Meeting

June - S Pires – 200 Stories for 200 Years
July - Show & Tell
August - Richard Reid Seminar on Ireland on August 8 Fraternity Club
August - Library Visit & 31st birthday celebration
September - M Edwell – Illawarra Waratahs 1915
October - UOW Student - Ann Marie Sneddon Mobbs
November - Fae McGregor – Clan McGregor & DNA testing
December - Christmas Party

Note - Draft Monthly Meeting Minutes can be checked by clicking here.


At our April 2015 meeting John Shipp of the Illawarra Historical Society spoke of their project with the University to digitise their Bulletins back to 1945 ! 

- view a list of their Bulletins : 1945 - 2014

Deferred to 2015! Sandra Pires of Why Documentaries  (Pig Iron Bob Documentary) was coming to talk to us at our October 2014 meeting - about their upcoming project : 200 Stories for 200 Years to commemorate the Bicentenary of European Settlement in the Illawarra - Sandra is seen here with one of her interviewees : Lance Brown who is 105 years "not out" and as sharp as a tack ! Lance remembers his Uncle Mannie Polglase returning from WW1 in late 1919 at Bulli Railway Station and riding on the running boards of the car that took Mannie home to Farrell Rd Bulli. Do you have a story to share with Sandra too ?