In 2015-2016 the Illawarra region will be commemorating its Bicentenary of European settlement. To mark the occasion, Wollongong City Council and Shellharbour City Council are working with the Bicentenary Committee to appropriately acknowledge this milestone in our region’s history.
The focus of the Bicentenary Committee is to support the development of a broad program of events and activities that acknowledge the 2015-2016 Bicentenary of Wollongong in a manner which is inclusive and recognises the multiple cultural stories that make up the unique heritage of our region.
Below is a look at some of the moments in our history over the past 200 years:
Illawarra 200 Oral Histories
Four Illawarra residents have generously shared their personal stories with us for the Illawarra 200 project.
Aunty Bev Armour is a traditional owner and local Aboriginal Elder, who spoke about growing up in the Illawarra and South Coast, and her work in our community.
Listen to Aunty Bev's story.MP3 [1.9 MB]
Alex Cvetkoski, Isabelle Glancy and Joseph Bol have each come to Wollongong from different parts of the world, and each spoke about their unique experiences. You can listen to their stories using the links below.
Listen to Alex Cvetkoski's story.MP3 [1.6 MB]
Listen to Isabelle Glancy's story.MP3 [1.8 MB]
Listen to Joseph Bol's story.MP3 [1.7 MB]
Thank you to all of our Oral History contributors for generously giving their time and sharing their stories.
The Illawarra 200 logo
In 1815 some of the Illawarra’s traditional custodians led some white settlers and their cattle down the escarpment. The settlers began to farm the area – a place rich in red cedar trees, farmland and coal. This marked a new chapter in the story of our area, and it’s this new direction that we’re commemorating 200 years on.
The trek down the escarpment by white settlers and traditional custodians is represented in the Illawarra 200 logo by the white dots. The colourful ribbons that form the lines of our escarpment represent the ongoing settlement of the Illawarra by people from across the globe. The logo also celebrates our local flora, with Illawarra Flame Tree blossoms placed in the pattern of the Southern Cross. The number of flowers symbolises the first five land grants handed out in 1816 and the iconic Five Islands off our coast.