Illawarra Remembers

If you’ve enjoyed following this blog, make sure to check out the Illawarra Remembers website at: http://illawarraremembers.com.au/ where we will be continuing the project.

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 (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 Marshall Mount School Honour Roll (NB. The rolls and memorials may have changed location since the time the photograph was taken).

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Marshall Mount Public School Ex-pupils: 1914-1918 Roll of Honour.

J. Piper
T. Harnan
B. Daley *
W. Pearson
W.Thomas
A. Thomas
C. Moore *
P.Uden *
E. Parish *
M. Reen
E. Dare
H. Timbs
E.W Denniss
L. Banfield *
F. Dawes
T. Moore
H. Allen
F. Perry
E. Taylor
W.H Rutledge

*  Killed

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.


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

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.

Kiama Scanathon

The day which was held on Tuesday 10th September was a great success with our volunteers made very busy with a raft of locals bringing along their WW1 treasures.

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Flag belonging to Private Edward William Stewart of Kiama.

Flag belonging to Private Edward William Stewart of Kiama.

Included was a card signed by twelve Australian Victoria Cross winners, original maps, many postcards, and a flag signed by soldiers and nurses in a hospital.

We thank all who turned up on the day, sharing their memorabilia. We also thank our volunteers for giving up their time and showing great enthusiasm. This is of course an ongoing project, with many people who were unable to attend the day, bringing along material to be scanned.

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Charles Walter Cornford

Charles Walter Cornford was born at Kiama, New South Wales on 29 October, 1893. He was the youngest son and seventh child of Walter and Ester Cornford. He was raised and educated along with his siblings at Kiama. After leaving school Charles started work with New South Wales Government railways, initially as a porter. His job took him away from home where he boarded with families close to his place of work. Charles was stationed at Waterfall, working as a railway signalman when he enlisted in the army in 1915, at age 21.

Charles Walter Cornford

Charles Walter Cornford

Charles served in the Australian Army from 26 July, 1915 until the first of November, 1917. He was a driver in the 5th Machine Gun Company, 20 Infantry Battalion. He served in France, departing from Sydney on 6 September, 1915 on HMAS Ballarat. After being discharged from the army medically unfit in 1918, Charles returned to work for the New South Wales Government railways.

Kiama Independent. 23 June 1917

Kiama Independent. 23 June 1917

Charles married Ruby Hall on 15 June, 1918 at   Petersham, New South Wales. They went on to have four children, Dorothy Jean, Roydon Charles, Melva Joy and Yvonne Olive between 1919 and 1934. In the early years of their marriage the family lived in New South Wales country areas where Charles was stationed with the railway.

The family returned to the Illawarra area in the early 1920’s where Charles continued his employment with the railway. He purchased land and built the family home in 1924 and lived there with the family throughout his working life and into his retirement. He spent many years working at Wollongong railway station where he went on to become supervisor of the goods shed, a position he held until his retirement.

Charles joined the Masonic Lodge in Portland, New South Wales in 1919. He was presented with his 50 years Freemasonry Medal in 1969.In 1979 he travelled to Norway to receive a medal marking 60 years as a member of the Illawarra Lodge; he was also honoured with Life Membership. Charles also served as both secretary and treasurer of the Druids Lodge for many years, retiring at the age of 90.

Community service was a big part of his life. Charles served on Wollongong Municipal Council as an alderman from 1930 to 1947, including one term as Deputy Mayor. Throughout his life he was involved in community groups. He was a Life Member of both the Wollongong Agricultural and Horticultural Societies. He exhibited both flowers and poultry at shows throughout the local area and was known for the magnificent dahlias that he grew. His garden was his pride and joy into his early nineties.

Charles passed away on 6 May, 1988 at Helensburgh after a short illness, at age 94. His life was celebrated at a service at Wesley Uniting Church, Wollongong where he was a long standing member of the congregation. Following his funeral service Charles was cremated and laid to rest at the Wollongong Memorial Gardens.