The Illawarra Museum is situated in Market Street, Wollongong. It is in an old building which was a post office from 1865 to 1892. The outside of the building looks fairly new.
I walk past this museum a few times a day but have never seen anyone go in. This particular Thursday during my lunch break I decided to go check it out. There was one other person browsing.
On entry I had a chat with the volunteer’s manning the post office counter while they started up the introduction video. The Irish Post Officer took you back in time for a 10 minute tour of Wollongong. He touched on the goings on of the harbour, transport, industry and schooling and then set you on your way through his house.
The museum had displays about living in Wollongong in the 1800s and early 1900s. I learn’t about the mining and farming industries from back in the day, clothing and influential people like Charles Throsby Smith.
The rooms were displayed as a bedroom, living room, kitchen, laundry and school room. Outside they have a blacksmith display, air raid shelter and stockman’s hut.
At the time I went they also had a very nice little display on World War I.
The museum is run by the Illawarra Historical Society. It is open Thursday 12-2pm, Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 1-3pm. It only cost $5 to enter.
I definitely recommend this museum to anyone and everyone who wishes to learn more about Wollongong.