Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Wollongong

This booklet records the stories of 9 Aboriginal women from the south coast region of NSW and describes the cultural attachment Aboriginal women have to their local landscape.

1 June 2004
Department of Environment and Conservation (NSW)
  • ISBN 1-74137-0655
  • ID DEC20040054
  • File PDF 3.5MB
  • Pages 56
  • Name aboriginal-womens-heritage-wollongong-040054.pdf


This booklet is one of a series that records the stories Aboriginal women in New South Wales. The booklets were part of a project designed to raise the profile of the unique historical experiences of Aboriginal women. The series won the 'cultural heritage' category of the Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Awards in 2005.

The stories in this booklet centre on Wollongong and focus on everyday life at Hill 60, Port Kembla, before people were forced to evacuate in response to the Japanese bombing of Sydney. The womens' accounts describe many aspects of life at Hill 60 and later at the Official Camps in Port Kembla. Other stories describe their journeys as young women often involving several moves during childhood and employment in domestic service and the factories of Sydney.

Other booklets in this series include:

Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Ballina and Cabbage Tree Island
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Bourke
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Brungle and Tumut
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nambucca
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nepean
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Nowra
Aboriginal Women's Heritage: Port Stephens.

Some of these booklets were evaluated in the Aboriginal Heritage and Wellbeing publication.