Avon is a large area to the west of the Wollongong Local Government Area. It is within Metropolitan Catchment Area on the western side of Illawarra Range, about 4 km west of Wongawilli, and about 5 km north-west of Avondale.
Avon was proposed as a locality on 10 July 2002. The suburb was assigned on 5 August 2005.
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Local communities of Aboriginal people were the original inhabitants and Traditional Custodians of Illawarra Land. Their dialect is a variant of the Dharawal language.
Before European settlement, the Aboriginal people of the region lived in small family groups with complicated social structures and close associations with specific areas.
Suburb boundaries do not reflect the cultural boundaries of the local Aboriginal community.
Traditional Custodians today are descendants of the original inhabitants and have ongoing spiritual and cultural ties to the Land and waterways where their ancestors lived.
Top image: Avon Colliery, 1981. See image details on our catalogue.