If you’ve enjoyed following this blog, make sure to check out the Illawarra Remembers website at: 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!



Previous Events

August 29, 2013

The latest scan and share day at Dapto library (August 29th) was a success thanks to members of the local community who contributed and shared invaluable memorabilia.  The items seen on the day ranged from photographs to diaries, books, medallions and soldier’s personal trinkets. LEMON_VA_007E


The contributors not only shared family-related objects but a range of items found in unexpected places, such as in the shed of a recently purchased house. One member of the public even offered take back a photo of a soldier once found, to his [the soldier’s] grave at Pieta Cemetery in Malta at their own expense.

Patrick James Gavin and his medallions

Michael Molkentin, spoke about his latest book Fire in the Sky and in greater detail about his most recent project.

The day was an overall success and the team are looking forward to future scan and share days. Keep an eye out on the Event page for dates of upcoming events and speakers.

June 26, 2013

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.



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.

April 15, 2013

Launch Poulton

15 April 2013 Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery OAM launches the Library’s World War I  project ‘Illawarra Remembers’  Above photograph is of guest speaker Peter Poulton AM, President of the Illawarra Centenary of Anzac Committee.  Other speakers included Neroli Blakeman, Wollongong Central Library Manager,  Dr Glenn Mitchell (University of Wollongong), Bernard de Broglio (Mosman Library) and Terry Bugg (Illawarra Family History Group)

Launch Bernard

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