Market Square, Wollongong Town Hall and the site of Throsby’s Stockman’s hut are all must-see stops on a new Heritage Trail brochure being launched by Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery OAM today, Monday 24 June.
The Heritage Trail features 23 locations across the city, including some of the most significant and historic landmarks post-European settlement. It takes about two hours to complete.
The brochure was put together by the Wollongong Heritage Advisory Committee and Wollongong City Council’s heritage staff.
“This brochure will be of interest to both locals and visitors who are keen to understand our local heritage and history,’’ Cr Bradbery said.
“We’re lucky in our city to be able to see the different phases of post-European settlement in the streets and buildings around us. Sometimes we just need to be reminded they’re there. After all, I bet I’m not the only one who didn’t realise the sandstone kerbing along Market Street opposite the Illawarra Museum is the last remaining section of this type of kerbing in Wollongong and is about 150 years old.’’
The brochure is available for download off Council’s website. Hardcopies can also be picked up at the iHub in lower Crown Street and from Council’s Administration Building. Copies will also be distributed to tourism-related businesses, such as hotels, in the city.
“We live in a beautiful city and it’s important we value and protect it. This includes preserving heritage sites and celebrating the role they’ve played in Wollongong’s past and present,’’ Cr Bradbery said.
“For instance, the site of Wollongong Town Hall has been recognised as an important Aboriginal gathering place. Today, the building itself continues to be a space for people to meet, talk and celebrate.’’
To mark the launch of the Heritage Trail, Council’s Heritage Officer Joel Thompson will lead a limited number of guided walks along the trail route. These walks will be held on Thursday 11, Friday 12 at 12.30pm and Saturday 13 July at 10am. The guided walk is approximately 3km long and takes 1.5-2 hours to complete.
People interested in joining in the walks are encouraged to book a space by calling Council’s Customer Service Team on (02) 4227 7111. Numbers are limited and Council is looking at running further walks later in the year. People with limited mobility or other special needs who are interested in joining the tours are encouraged to contact Council to discuss how their needs might be accommodated.
“I’d encourage those who are interested in participating in one of these walks to book in early. We know our history walks are very popular,’’ Cr Bradbery said.
Download a copy of the Heritage Trail here