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Towradgi - History

According to a map in Henderson's Early Illawarra Towradgi was also known as "Towroger". A notice appeared in the Illawarra Mercury on 18 August 1856 advertising a dairy farm for sale at Towrodger, "formerly the property of Mr George Organ". Towradgi is a corruption of the aboriginal word "Kow-radgi" meaning "guardian of the sacred stones".

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Towradgi - Timeline

  
Event
1796
White men first set foot on Illawarra soil on southern side of Towradgi Point on 26 March 1796  (Advertiser 17/3/1999)
1924
Murranar Estate subdivided (Ill. Mercury 28/11/1924)
1953
School established with two classes operating in temporary premises (Local Cuttings File)
1954
New Primary School opened (South Coast Times 3/5/1954)
1959-1960
Baby Health Centre near Towradgi Railway Station to be completed by June 1960 (Ill. Merc. 27/11/1959)
1964
Towradgi Rock Pool opened by Mayor Ald Squires (South Coast Times 12/10/1964)
1967
Dedication of a Commemorative Wall & Drinking Fountain at Towradgi Park (Local Cuttings File)
1975
Towradgi Park Retirement Village opened (Ill. Merc. 8/2/1975)
1979
Official opening of Towradgi Surf Life Saving Club (Local Cuttings File)
1983
Illawarra Retirement Trust began admitting patients to the Towradgi Park Nursing Home's extension, named the Max Diment Wing (Ill. Merc. 7/7/1983)
1989
Towradgi Rock Pool closed indefinitely due to sand build-up (Ill. Merc. 30/5/1989)
1994
Blue Divers Bushcare Group formed by local residents (Local Cuttings File)
1997
Towradgi Surf Lifesaving Club celebrates 50th anniversary on October 4, 1997 (Local Cuttings File)
2001
Towradgi Park renamed  Ray Robinson Field (Ill. Merc. 21/6/2001)
2006
Towradgi Rock Pool reopened after being closed for more than two months for repairs  (Ill Merc 2/12/2006)
2010
Quality Suites Pioneer Sands hotel & conference centre opened in Carters Lane  (Ill Merc 13/7/2010)
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