Wongawilli, New South Wales

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WollongongNew South Wales
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Coordinates 34°28.5′S 150°45.5′E / 34.4750°S 150.7583°E / -34.4750; 150.7583Coordinates: 34°28.5′S 150°45.5′E / 34.4750°S 150.7583°E / -34.4750; 150.7583
Postcode(s) 2530
Elevation 24 m (79 ft)
LGA(s) City of Wollongong
State electorate(s) Shellharbour
Federal Division(s) Throsby
Suburbs around Wongawilli:
Kembla Grange
Wongawilli Brownsville
Horsley Dapto, Kanahooka

Wongawilli is a southern suburb of Wollongong, Australia and is located at the foot hills of the Illawarra escarpment. The word 'Wonga' is a native aboriginal word meaning native pigeon.[1]

It contains a mixture of small rural properties and family homes. Located there is a NSW Rural Fire Service station and a small community hall where the Wongawilli colonial dance club meets regularly.[2] The community has had a long history with coal mining, with the Wongawilli colliery opening in 1916 by the Hoskins Brothers,[3] and later being taken over by BHP Billiton.[4] Since this time the mine has expanded and has had multiple owners, and is currently owned and operated by the Indian company Gujarat NRE.[5]

Notable residents[edit]