Illawarra Remembers website

If you’ve enjoyed following this blog, you’ll be excited to know that the Illawarra Remembers website will be live as of 28 April 2014 (tomorrow) at illawarraremembers.com.au WordPress followers will be able to continue contributing comments and stories through the website.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the blog over the past year. We’re very excited for the next stage of the Illawarra Remembers project!

Illawarra Remembers website

If you’ve enjoyed following this blog, you’ll be excited to know that the Illawarra Remembers website will be live as of 28 April 2014 at illawarraremembers.com.au WordPress followers will be able to continue contributing comments and stories through the website.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the blog over the past year. We’re very excited for the next stage of the Illawarra Remembers project!

Illawarra Remembers website

If you’ve enjoyed following this blog, you’ll be excited to know that the Illawarra Remembers website will be live as of 28 April 2014 at illawarraremembers.com. WordPress followers will be able to continue contributing comments and stories through the website.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the blog over the past year. We’re very excited for the next stage of the Illawarra Remembers project!

Illawarra Remembers website

If you’ve enjoyed following this blog, you’ll be excited to know that the Illawarra Remembers website will be live as of 28 April 2014 at illawarraremembers.com. WordPress followers will be able to continue contributing comments and stories through the website.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the blog over the past year. We’re very excited for the next stage of the Illawarra Remembers project!

Illawarra Remembers website

If you’ve enjoyed following this blog, you’ll be excited to know that the Illawarra Remembers website will be live as of 28 April 2014 at illawarraremembers.com. WordPress followers will be able to continue contributing comments and stories through the website.

Thank you to everyone who has followed the blog over the past year. We’re very excited for the next stage of the Illawarra Remembers project!

Honour Roll

We need you

To commemorate the centenary of World War 1, Wollongong City Libraries will develop an innovative online resource – Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 – which will include information and photographs that tell the stories of the Illawarra’s brave men and women who went to war. We need your help.

There are a number of Honour Rolls and Memorials across the Illawarra which commemorate the men and women involved in the war. Below is a photograph of the Roll of Honour at Unanderra Public School (NB. The rolls and memorials may have changed location since the time the photograph was taken).

Unanderra Public School : The Great War 1914-1919

Unanderra Honour Roll

Aitkin F.
Burke F.
Banfield H.E (M.C)
Burgess W.
Burgess L.
Brewer C.
Cawe E.S
Chapman W.
Catterall A.V
Cooper C.B
Cochrane H.
Corfian J.
Chinnock A.E
Colbert W.
Duxbury J.S
Fishlock G (M.S.M)
Fishlock L
Ferriss C.
Franklin W.
Franklin B.
Franklin P.
Fackender E.
Grogan R.
Gorrell J.K
Gorrell S.
Gorrell W.
Hepburn H.
Hargrave E.A
Jeffrey E.
Lindsay S.W
Lindsay W.
Lindsay W.F (M.C)
Lindsay T.F
Lindsay E.A
Lindsay G.
Lawless R.
Stevens J.R
Stevens W.A
Muir F.W
Mooney F.
Neaves H.H
Neaves A.E
Osborne E.
Richardson J.W
Rodgers P.
Rodgers W.
Richards R
Stapleton W.
Spinks J.K
Thompson H.
Thompson W.
Timothy E.
Timothy S.
Warrington A.R
Warrington F.
Wright W.
Warrington Nurse Dora

This Honour Roll can be found and Unanderra Primary School, Princes Highway, Unanderra. [1]

If anyone has any information about the names on this Honour Roll (or any other), please let us know either through the contact page, in person at Wollongong Reference Library or by calling the Reference Library on (02) 4227 7414.


[1] Compiled by Illawarra Family History Group Inc, Illawarra Remembers: War Memorials of the Illawarra, Printed by University of Wollongong Printery, Wollongong NSW, August 1995.

Edward George Chamberlain

Edward George Chamberlain was born on 18 April, 1893 in Richmond, Victoria.  He was living in Woonona with his family during the time of his enlistment.

Edward George Chamberlain, c 1915.

Edward George Chamberlain, c1915.

Chamberlain embarked at Melbourne, Victoria on 7 March 1918 on the ship: R.M.S “Omronde.”

A story was shared by his son on the Thirroul scan and share day (June 16, 2013):

E.G Chamberlain left & the officer referred to in the story. c1918.

E.G Chamberlain left & the officer referred to in the story. c1918.

At some point of the excursion, they had approached a religious building of some sort and the officer accompanying my father had approached the building’s gate in hope of passing through. The Sister who had come to the gate to answer the bell did not speak English and dismissively waved him away. He called out after the Sister and showed her something he was wearing around his neck on a gold chain. The Sister grabbed the item around the officer’s neck and and seemed to be worshipping it. As they rode along, my father enquired:

“What was all that business about what you have around your neck about?”

His companion replied,

“That is a piece of the original Cross. As long as I am wearing it, no harm can befall me.”

Sometime later, the Officer’s camel shied at a wind-caught piece of paper and he took a heavy tumble.

“Little wooden Jesus wasn’t much help that time,” remarked my father.

His companion just laughed,

“It does not protect me for small matters.”

As a member of the 14th Battalion, they landed in France in September 1918.

They slept on the ground in the open on their first night at the front. The next morning, their hair was so stiff with frost that they could snap the hairs off but they were so tough after training in Egypt that nothing worried them.

Shelling started at day-break; the officer from the photograph caught a huge German shell all to himself. They had nothing to bury. He must have been wearing his protective cross when he was vaporised as it was not found among his kit.

There are records of Edward George Chamberlain at the Bulli Black Diamond Heritage Museum as well as the Illawarra Historical Group.

Photoalbum from "Duntroon" - series of photos taken during officer training.

Photoalbum from “Duntroon” – series of photos taken during officer training.

"C & D" Comapny, 14th Battalion AIF.  "Xmas - New Year 1918-1919."

“C & D” Comapny, 14th Battalion AIF.
“Xmas – New Year 1918-1919.”

David John Morgans

David John Morgans was born in Glamorganshire, Wales. He moved to Australia and lived on Main Rd, Bulli with his wife, Edith Emma Morgans.

David John Morgans

David John Morgans

David enlisted in April 1916 at the age of 25 years and 1 month; he was a miner prior to the war. Records show he enlisted in Kiama.

He embarked from Sydney on 9 September 1916 on HMAT Euripides, A14. He was a private in the 13th infantry Battalion, 19-23 Reinforcements (August-November 1916). He was appointed Lance Corporal on 1 January, 1918.

David John Morgans, front row, first from right.

David John Morgans: front row, first from right.

While on service, David received a cablegram in February 1917 regarding the birth of his daughter.

Group photo on a postcard.

Group photo on a postcard.

David disembarked on 12 June, 1919 returning to Australia. On his return, he was issued with the British War and Victory medals.

David’s family have kept and preserved photos, letters and postcards which he sent from the front. As well as his diary from the front which is still intact in its original leather case.

David John Morgans' diary from the front.

David John Morgans’ diary from the front.

Records of David John Morgans not only remain with the National Archives and Australian War Memorial but also with the ‘Bulli Black Diamond Heritage Museum’ and the ‘Illawarra Historical Society.’

NAA: B2455, MOGRANS DAVID JOHN

WARATAH FLAG

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In December 1915 the famous Waratah March passed through the town of Port Kembla.
At the head of the march was carried a Red Ensign flag. This flag had been embroidered with the words ‘PORT KEMBLA 1915’, and in the lower right corner was a hand embroidered waratah flower. This work was done by the ladies of Port Kembla’s Warrington family.
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This flag was handed back to the family in May 1916 and has remained in their care ever since.
Today the flag is held at the Breakwater Battery Battery Museum at Port Kembla where it is under going some intensive conservation work.
Unfortunately the flag is not on public display, but the museum has many other very good exhibits. They are open every 2nd and 4th Sunday from 10am to 2pm.
This flag not only represents the men and women from the town of Port Kembla, but is a reminder that it was ordinary people who put themselves in harms way for our peace and prosperity.
It now is one of the most important physical piece’s of memorabilia not only in the Illawarra but in Australia.

Share & Scan @ Thirroul

Wednesday saw Illawarra Remembers host their first, of many, scanning day at Thirroul Library and Community Centre from 10am to 4pm. Despite the heavy rain the team was kept busy with 11 contributors sharing a variety of memorabilia, photos and records to scan and photograph.

Items seen on the day ranged from photographs to diaries and letters to ID bracelets, medals and a forage cap. All together 403 scans (259 og photographs and the rest documents) and 255 photographs of memorabilia.

Unexpected treasures were discovered on the day such as this book of sketches collected by WWI nurse E.Stewart at the 50th General Hospital in Greece signed 4.3.18. The sketches were done by patients at the hospital and bear their signatures on each page.

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The day was a success and the team are looking forward to the next scanning day in the coming months. Keep a watch of the ‘Our Unknown Soldiers’ page for new material to be identified that was gathered at the scanning day.