Croom, New South Wales

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WollongongNew South Wales
Croom is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°35′06″S 150°48′31″E / 34.5850604°S 150.8086082°E / -34.5850604; 150.8086082
Population113 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)City of Shellharbour
State electorate(s)Kiama
Federal Division(s)
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.[2][3] The locality shares its name with the village of Croom in County Limerick, Ireland – derived from the Irish cromadh, meaning bend.[4]

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.[5]

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.[6]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Croom". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Tongarra Museum. "Place names of Shellharbour" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 March 2012.
  3. ^ Geographical Names Board (1998). "Geographical names register extract – Croom".
  4. ^ "Foclóir Gaeilge–Béarla (Ó Dónaill): Cromadh". Retrieved 23 January 2019.
  5. ^ Brown, Bill (30 March 2009). "Shellharbour History – Ebenezer Russell". ABC Illawarra.
  6. ^ Roads & Maritime Services. "Albion Park Rail bypass" (PDF).