Croom, New South Wales

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WollongongNew South Wales
Postcode(s) 2527
LGA(s) City of Shellharbour
County Camden
Parish Terragong
State electorate(s) Kiama
Federal Division(s) Gilmore
Suburbs around Croom:
Albion Park Albion Pk Rail Flinders
Albion Park Croom Dunmore
Dunmore Dunmore Dunmore

Croom is a rural locality of Wollongong in New South Wales, Australia, part of the state suburb of Dunmore. The name has been variously spelled Croomb, Croom and Croome.[1][2] The locality shares its name with the village of Croom in County Limerick, Ireland – derived from the Irish cromadh, meaning river bend.[citation needed]

The 1,280-acre Croom estate was granted to Isabella Croker in 1839. The following year, Croker sold it to newly arrived settler Ebenezer Russell. Russell cleared the land and established a homestead, stables, dairy and mill that survive to this day. Russell became prominent within the district, and served as a foundation member of Shellharbour Municipal Council.[3]

Today, Croom is principally farmland. The north-west corner of the locality is occupied by the City of Shellharbour's Croom Sporting Complex and Shellharbour City Stadium. Croom will also play host to a section of the proposed Princes Highway Albion Park Rail bypass.[4]


  1. ^ Tongarra Museum. "Place names of Shellharbour" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Geographical Names Board (1998). "Geographical names register extract – Croom". 
  3. ^ Brown, Bill (30 March 2009). "Shellharbour History – Ebenezer Russell". ABC Illawarra. 
  4. ^ Roads & Maritime Services. "Albion Park Rail bypass" (PDF).