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Keiraville

Parish: Wollongong
County: Camden

Keiraville is a short distance north west of the Wollongong city centre, at the foot of the Illawarra escarpment. It is home to Wollongong Botanic Garden and the University of Wollongong.

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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.

DateEvent
1891Keiraville Public School opened (Illawarra Index)
1899Keiraville School of Arts officially opened (Illawarra Index)
1899Keiraville Mechanic's Institute established on corner of Bell and Rose Streets (Local cuttings file)
1906Episcopalian Church opened (Illawarra Index)
1906St John's Anglican Church in Parsons Street was opened and dedicated in August as a branch Church of St Michael's, Wollongong (Local cuttings file)
1928
Mr and Mrs Hoskins purchased 75 acres of dairy farming land on which Gleniffer Brae was later built (Local cuttings file)
1938-1939Gleniffer Brae built for Arthur Sidney Hoskins (Local cuttings file)
1954Hoskins Family donated 10.5 acres of land for the creation of a Botanical Garden (Local cuttings file)
1954
Hoskins sold Gleniffer Brae and a portion of land to the Anglican private girls school, SCEGGS (Local cuttings file)
1955
Sydney Church of England Grammar School for Girls at Glennifer Brae opened (Illawarra Index)
1960New Keiraville Congregational Church held first service (Illawara Index)
1962
Botanic Garden planned on 25 acre site (Illawarra Index)
1962Barnardo Home for boys and girls opened in Hillview Avenue (Illawarra Index)
1963Final landscape plan for Botanic Garden adopted by Council (Local cuttings file)
1964
First tree planted in the Botanic Garden by curator, Bill Mearns (Local cuttings file)
1966
Keiraville Public School 75th Anniversary celebrations (Illawarra Index)
1969Sir Roden and Lady Cutler planted a rare Dawn Redwood tree in the Botanic Garden (Illawarra Index)
1970Council resolved that the Wollongong War Memorial Park be named 'Hoskins Park - Wollongong Botanic Garden' (Local cuttings file)
1970
Wollongong Botanic Garden was officially opened by Mrs A Hoskins and Lord Mayor Alderman E Ford (Local cuttings file)
1975Dr Barnardo's Boy's Home closes due to lack of demand (Illawarra Index)
1976Wollongong City Council to extend the Botanic Garden by buying 6.9 hectares of land from SCEGGS (Illawarra Index)
1977
Gleniffer Brae property acquired by Wollongong City Council, subject to a covenant restricting its use to education (Local cuttings file)
1978Wollongong City Council plan to acquire the SCEGGS Glennifer Brae property (Illawarra Index)
1978Wollongong City Council took possession of the SCEGGS Glennifer Brae property after a four month dispute over its ownership (Illwarra Index)
1979Conservatorium of Music, Council for Performing Arts and Pan Pacific Music Camps all have access to Gleniffer Brae (Illawarra Index)
1982Tree planting ceremony in the 'Youth Forest', Richardson Park, Grey Street during the Australian Year of the Tree and World Environment Day (Local cuttings file)
1988The equatorial sundial built after a design by Henry Moore was placed into the Rose Garden by Friends of the Botanic Garden (Local cuttings file)
1990Centenary of Keiraville Post Office(Illawarra Branches)
1997Residents battle to save Illawarra Escarpment from developers by forming SCLC-sanctioned picket line at Keiraville (Illawarra Index)
2006St John's Anglican Church celebrates 100 years (Wollongong Advertiser)
2010Community meeting organised through the National Trust to discuss the future of Gleniffer Brae (Wollongong Advertiser)

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Top image: Keiraville, 1961. See image details on our catalogue