It is amazing how the Facebook Lost Wollongong group has taken off in the past few months. There are 7,804 members at the moment – the older Lost Sydney has 5,727, Old Sydney Album has 506, and Lost Gay Sydney has 5,684. Mind you Lost Wollongong could almost be badged “lost childhood” as a large proportion is given to school memories and items from members’ childhood years. Not that I object to that, especially as one who was a teacher in the area and whose father grew up down at Shellharbour.
But there are also some rather amazing bits of history surfacing through the group. There’s a start being made on an Indigenous album, for example. The following is there in a smaller copy.
The photographer was Henry Holden. It was taken 1880-1900.
In another album are pictures of Mount Keira, at the foot of which I now live.
Wollongong from Mt Keira – 1912
Several times I have posted pictures of a lovely old house just up Mount Keira Road from here. This one is from 2010:
Thanks to Lost Wollongong I now know it is “’Brighton Villa’ Built 1856 by Edmund Geard. Otherwise known as the ‘Christmas House’ as it is decorated each year with an amazing array of lights, scenes and decorations.” It originally sat on thirty acres of land overlooking nearby Geard’s Hill where The Illawarra Grammar School now stands.