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Ignacy Zlotkowski 1817-1886
From the Polish nobility, professor of modern languages, Wollongong’s first multilingual interpreter, prominent citizen of Wollongong. Arrived in Australia in 1853, first record of him in Wollongong 1854....more



John Radeski (Radecki) and the Radeski Family1882
Paul and Victoria Radeski arrived in Wollongong in 1882 with their 5 children, including John Radeski Austrlia's first stained glass artist....more


Rina Montgomery
Rina Montgomery was born in Valli, Italy, in 1924 and emigrated to Australia with her mother and brother in 1929 where her father, Giacomo Filippi, had come some three years earlier. The family's first home was in Railway Street Corrimal, but a few months later moved to Shellharbour Road in Port Kembla. ...more>>
George Bertram Adams
Thursday 31st July 1902. George Bertram Adams (my great grandfather) 23 years of age, finished breakfast around 5.30am. Then strapping on his miners belt, with tucker tin attached, kissed Jane, his wife of 8 months, (18 years old and pregnant with my grandmother) goodbye. He clumped down the wooden steps at the front of his company owned miners cottage, in Soldiers Road Kembla Heights; walked the half mile up the road to Mount Kembla Mine and stepped into history. ...more>>
  Joseph Marceau
Joseph Marceau was born on 24 January 1806 in St Jean, L’Acadie, Quebec, Canada.  He arrived in Australia on 25 February 1840.  Joseph was a farmer, resided in Dapto from the 1840s until his death on 9 June 1883 where he is buried. ...more>>

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