Dr Charles Throsby established first settlement in Illawarra. He brought a herd of cattle down the escarpment and had a hut and cattle yards built behind South Beach, Wollongong where there was a lagoon of fresh water.
Wollongong Harbour was first used for the shipping of cedar.
Organised settlement began in Wollongong and land grants were made.
Earliest known reference to the name 'Wollongong' appears in a report on the cedar industry, written by John Oxley.
New military barracks constructed near Wollongong Harbour.
A school was established at Wollongong.
Surveyor-General arrived from Sydney to lay out a plan for a township on property owned by Charles Throsby Smith. This township, which was named Wollongong, was bounded by Crown, Keira and Harbour Streets.
Town of Wollongong gazetted on 26 November 1834
Sophia Jane is the first steamship to visit Wollongong.
Wollongong's first Court House was erected by George Brown.
Work began on the construction of Wollongong Harbour. A stockade was erected on Flagstaff Point to house about 300 convicts employed on the harbour works.
The Illawarra Steam Packet Company was formed. The steamer Maitland provided the first regular steamboat service between Wollongong and Sydney.
National School built at Wollongong, but lay idle for 10 years.
Wollongong Presbyterian church erected at the corner of Church and Crown Streets.
The population of Wollongong was 841
Illawarra District Council was formed. It covered the coastal plain from Bulli to Nowra and also Kangaroo Valley
The road from Wollongong to Sydney via George's River was commenced.
Construction of Wollongong Harbour completed.
First coal shipped from Wollongong Harbour.
St Francis Xavier's Roman Catholic church at Wollongong consecrated.
Wollongong National School established
Paddle steam Illawarra commenced regular freight and passenger trade between Wollongong and Sydney.
Wollongong's first newspaper, the Illawarra Mercury, was published.
Wollongong Congregational church built.
Court House near Wollongong Harbour was opened.
Two local government areas formed. Wollongong Municipality was proclaimed on 22 February. Central Illawarra Municipality formed on 19 August.
St Michael's Anglican church consecrated.
Wollongong Gaol completed on a site near Wollongong Harbour, adjacent to the old Court House.
Horsedrawn tramway from Mt Keira to Wollongong Harbour was completed.
Work commenced to extend Wollongong Harbour.
Telegraph line opened between Wollongong and Bellambi.
Albert Memorial Hospital opened, (closed 1907).
First gas supply in Wollongong provided from a plant in Corrimal Street.
Extensions to Wollongong Harbour were opened by Lady Belmore and named Belmore Basin.
Horse bus service established between Bulli and Wollongong by A McIntyre.
Breakwater lighthouse at Wollongong Harbour completed.
Sisters of the Good Samaritan arrived in Wollongong establishing the St Mary Star of the Sea College and St Francis Xavier’s School.
Steam locomotives introduced to haul coal from the foot of the incline at Mt Keira mine to Wollongong Harbour.
Formation of the Wollongong Gas Company, and erection of new gas works in Charlotte Street.
Gas street lighting installed in Wollongong.
Wollongong Agricultural and Horticultural Society pavilion constructed.
New Court House erected in Market Street.
Wollongong Public School opened
First Wollongong Town Hall erected on old National School site.
Railway line between Sydney and Wollongong was completed. Railway extended south from Wollongong to Kiama.
Wollongong Trade School (later to become a Technical College) was opened.
Population of Wollongong now 17,182 with 3,031 dwellings.
Wollongong provided with reticulated water supply from Cordeaux reservoir.
A telephone system was established in Wollongong.
Wollongong District Hospital established on Garden Hill.
North Wollongong Surf Bathing and Life Saving Club established.
Wollongong City Surf Life Saving Club established.
Wollongong High School opened in Gipps Street.
Christian Brothers College opened.
Continental baths opened.
Wollongong's new Town Hall opened by Mayor Norman Smith
Wollongong West Public School established.
Wollongong's first radio station, 2WL, commenced broadcasting.
Wollongong lighthouse built on Flagstaff point near disused fortifications.
Wollongong was proclaimed a City in NSW Government Gazette 125 on 11 September 1942.
City of Greater Wollongong formed by the amalgamation of the City of Wollongong, the Shires of Bulli and Central Illawarra and the Municipality of North Illawarra under the Local Government Act, 1919 in the NSW Government Gazette 104 of 12 September 1947.
The new City of Wollongong Council takes over the electricity supply responsibilities of the four constituent councils
First amalgamated Council elections held
Mount St Thomas Public School established.
Population of Wollongong was 90,852.
Sydney Church of England Grammar School for Girls (SCEGGS) at Gleniffer Brae opened.
New Wollongong City Council Chambers opened.
Wollongong High School relocated to Lysaght Street, Fairy Meadow
Illawarra County Council formed signalling the end of direct local government control of the electricity supply in the Wollongong area
Smith’s Hill Girls High School opened.
The Illawarra Grammar School (TIGS) opened as a boys school in West Wollongong, moving to its current site in Mangerton in 1960. (TIGS amalgamated with SCEGGS in 1975 and became co-educational.)
Lindsay Park Public School opened in West Wollongong.
Alderman Rube Hargrave was the first female to be elected to the Council of the City of Greater Wollongong. She was elected on 5 December 1959
Wollongong Library moves from School of Arts Building to Town Hall Building (SCT 18/6/1959)
Keira Boys’ High School officially opened at Lysaght Street, Fairy Meadow. (The school was previously known as Wollongong Junior Secondary Technical School)
Wollongong University College established.
Edmund Rice College opened in West Wollongong. Initially was the senior school of the Christian Brothers College.
Wollongong Teachers College established.
New Town Halll opened, has since been listed as an item of heritage significance.
A Lord Mayoralty was conferred on the City on the eve of the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on 10 April 1970. Alderman Ford became the first Lord Mayor.
The City of Greater Wollongong became the City of Wollongong - gazetted on 30 October 1970.
SCEGGS closed, merged with TIGS as it became co-ed in 1975.
Wollongong University College becomes the University of Wollongong under its own Council.
Crown Central shopping centre opens.
Christian Brothers College closed.
Wollongong Library moves from Town Hall Building to the former Coles Building (Ill Merc 29/3/1978)
Wollongong City Gallery established
A new city flag design was adopted following a community competition
Wollongong Library moves to former Wollongong Leagues Club building in Burelli Street (Ill. Merc. 20/8/1984)
Wollongong Library's automated loans system LIBS 100 launched by Lord Mayor Frank Arkell (Ill. Merc. 20/11/1984)
Smith’s Hill Girls’ High School becomes co-educational i.e. Smith’s Hill High School
Keira Boys’ High School becomes co-educational i.e. Keira High School
Crown Gateway Shopping Centre opened.
Crown Streeet Mall opened.
Ward boundaries were abolished
Wollongong won the 1986 A R Bluett Award for Excellence in Local Government
The new Council Administration Building and Library opened (Wol. Adv. 22/7/1987)
New Performing Arts Centre opened.
Smith’s Hill High Schools first year as a ‘selective’ high school.