Wongawilli, New South Wales

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WollongongNew South Wales
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Wongawilli is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°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
Population141 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation24 m (79 ft)
LGA(s)City of Wollongong
State electorate(s)Shellharbour
Federal Division(s)Whitlam
Suburbs around Wongawilli:
Avon Dombarton Kembla Grange
Avon Wongawilli Brownsville
Huntley Huntley Horsley

Wongawilli is a southern suburb of Wollongong, Australia at the foot hills of the Illawarra escarpment. The word 'Wonga' is a native aboriginal word meaning native pigeon.[2]

It contains a mixture of small rural properties and family homes. It has a NSW Rural Fire Service station and a small community hall where the Wongawilli colonial dance club meets regularly.[3] The community has had a long history with coal mining, with the Wongawilli colliery opening in 1916 by the Hoskins Brothers,[4] and later being taken over by BHP Billiton.[5] Since this time the mine has expanded and has had multiple owners, and is currently owned and operated by the Indian company Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.[6]

Notable residents[edit]


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Wongawilli". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 17 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Wongawilli History, Wollongong Library, 2011
  3. ^ Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club
  4. ^ Mining in New South Wales
  5. ^ Wongawilli Collery
  6. ^ [1]