Welcome to the Illawarra Mining and Metallurgy Heritage Trail – a knowledge resource which seeks to recognise, honour and make more widely known the rich industrial history of the Illawarra region of New South Wales. Because of its location and natural resources. the Illawarra has had a long association with mining and metallurgy, which continues to this day. Development of this site has been sponsored by the Illawarra branch of the Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Where would you like to start?

Information on this site may be viewed several ways

– if you’ve come to the site because of a specific site reference, just look up the site on the “Sites” list and go there directly (but have a look at others while you’re here!) or

– follow a Trail using the map on the Home page, and the “Sites” selector to view sites as they appear on a tour, accessing the full material on each location along the way or

– look through a comprehensive timeline of significant events in mining and metallurgy in the region (under “Timeline”), and access relevant information on specific sites as you wish along the way.

Along the way, you will be offered links to other related sites providing more information and perspectives on the locations and events described here. We can’t take responsibility for these external sites – but would ask that you report to this site’s administrator any links which aren’t working correctly.

The Illawarra region is a coastal region in southeast Australia, largely centred around the city of Wollongong