Has anyone in your family ever lived in Woonona ? If so, then we’d like to hear from you – would you be able to share some of your family’s stories, family trees or photos of Woonona in days gone by ? No matter whether they are from the 1850’s or the 1950’s or more recent – we’d love to hear from you.
Woonona, in the northern Illawarra’s Black Diamond District, has a long European history dating from 1770 when Captain James Cook unsuccessfully tried to land there – before moving onto Botany Bay. Early family names associated with town were Overington-Spearing, Campbell, Fry and Hale – but there have been many many more families than these since then. And of course before European settlement, it was part of the Illawarra’s Aboriginal pre European contact era. Woonona is of course an Aboriginal word – though there is debate as to its meaning, ie ‘Place of young wallabies” or “run now”, an aboriginal word for a feature of the nearby escarpment; or from the Aboriginal word “wunona” meaning “sleep”. Do you know any more about these claims ?
Our Museum at Bulli Railway Station East (in Franklin Avenue off Park Road) will be sharing its existing Woonona historical collections during the August 2018 National Family History Month. We’ll also display rarely seen “Woonona’s Blinkco family treasures” from out of the crates, as part of a recent NSW Government heritage grant.
Hours : every Sunday from August 5th 1- 4pm. We can also open during the week for groups by prior arrangement – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02 42 836429. Cost – $5 adults, $4 concession, $3 children and $12 for family groups.
Franklin Avenue, 2516
02 42 836429Contact event organiser