The rise and rise of Lost Wollongong

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The rise and rise of Lost Wollongong This supplied photo of a 1980s family in their backyard at Towradgi is a favourite of Lost Wollongong co-founder David Bottin. Picture: Daniel Judge
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Before the mall – The corner of Crown and Keira streets in the late 1970s. Photo: Lost Wollongong

Stanwell Park 1962. Photo: Lost Wollongong

Rutty’s & Dion’s buses pass the Oxford Hotel on lower Crown Street, Wollongong in 1987. Photo: Lost Wollongong

Crown Street looking west from Keira Street in the early 1960s. Photo: Frank Hurley collection, via Lost Wollongong

A vibrant Crown Street looking east from Keira Street in the 1950s. Lowes is still in the same place. Photo: Wollongong City Library, via Lost Wollongong

Mount Keira and Keira Boys/Wollongong high schools in 1972 when the Wollongong bypass was a single lane from Gwynneville to Fairy Meadow. Photo: Lost Wollongong

Wollongong welcoming the first official electric train from Sydney, with Premier Barry Unsworth looking out the front door, in 1986. Photo: Wollongong City Library, via Lost Wollongong

Bald Hill at Stanwell Park in 1975. Photo: Michael Evans, via Lost Wollongong

Rock star Suzi Quatro at Dapto Train Station. Photo: Lost Wollongong

The view from Bulli Tops in the early 1920s. Photo: Thirroul History in Photos, via Lost Wollongong

Mates hanging out at Wollongong Beach in the early 1970s. Photo: Ray Mills, via Lost Wollongong

The Southline Drive-In Cinema at Fairy Meadow. Photo: Rick Funnell, via Lost Wollongong

Crown Street looking east from Church Street around 1980.

Helensburgb railway station 1981. Photo: Lost Wollongong

The famous Port Kembla sand dunes in the 1940s.

FJ Holden’s heading up the hill on the old Princes Highway at Bombo in the 1950s. Photo: Lost Wollongong

Many Illawarra families started their lives here at the Balgownie Fairy Meadow Migrant Hostel. Photo: Lost Wollongong

Kids playing on the old Kiama Rocket in the early 1980s. Photo: Jennie Smetkowski, via Lost Wollongong

A dog enjoying a run along the F6 freeway construction at Dapto in the early 1980s. Photo: Catherine Joukador and Dapto History in Photos, via Lost Wollongong

The views of Port Kembla from West Wollongong in 1910. Photo: State Library of Victoria, via Lost Wollongong

Crown Street and Wollongong Hospital in the late 1950s. Photo: Lost Wollongong

Remember this?: The Warrawong waterslides were located on the site where the suburb’s library now stands. Picture: Pasquale Coppolaro

F6 freeway intersection Gwynneville 1975. Photo: Trove, via Lost Wollongong

Paddle boats Lake Illawarra Warilla 1980s. Photo: Shellharbour History in Photos, via Lost Wollongong

Port Kembla sand dunes 1960s. Photo: Stuart Bryant, via Lost Wollongong

Flooding on Terralong Street, Kiama in the 1960s. Photo: Kiama Library, via Lost Wollongong

TweetFacebookIt was started by two friends on the spur of the moment three years ago and now more than 18,000 people follow Lost Wollongong’s Facebook page. And it’s only going to get bigger, writes GLEN HUMPHRIES

It’s one of Lost Wollongong’s co-founder David Bottin’s favourite photos –and he’s not even in it.

He didn’t take the picture of a 1980s family in their backyard at Towradgi either. It’s not even his family and, while he grew up a street away, he didn’t really know them

But it’s not really the people–who appear to be working on a compost heap –that connects with Bottin.

David Bottin, one of the co-founders of the popular history site Lost Wollongong. Picture: Adam McLean

It’s the view of theCorrimal cokeworks in the distance behind the Dalton Street backyard. And it’s also the wide strip of bushland in front of it that istoday is known as Memorial Drive.

But back then, it was a grassyplayground –for both Bottin and the kids in the photo.It’s a photo that contains the ghost of memories for Bottin.

“That’s aphoto I connect to becausethat’s my chidlhood – growing up in the Towradgithat existed before [Memorial Drive]was built,” Bottin says.

It’s one of about20,000 images Lost Wollongong has collected, whether it be from the Wollongong City Library, one of the site’s administrators or one of the 18,000 “Losties” who keep tabs on the Facebook page.

Mates hanging out at Wollongong Beach in the early 1970s. Photo: Ray Mills, via Lost Wollongong

And it’s an example of what makes a popular picture on Lost Wollongong –one that triggers memories that may have been dormant for years.

“We have photos goingback to the beginningof Wollongong, backto theearly 1800s through tothe 1990s,” he says.

“Butwe often find it’s the photos that are within people’slifetimes, from about the 1960s to the 1990s, they’rethephotos that are popular becausepeople can connect with them. That’s in their memory, that’s the Wollongongthat they connect with.”

Bottin and his friend Brendan Brain co-founded the Lost Wollongong Facebook group in May 2013 after going online one night andfinding history sites for the likes of Newcastle and Sydney but nothing for their home city.

Someone’s parents in Lake Heights wouldn’t have been too happy to find their Vauxhall had smashed into the backyard toilet. Picture: Sheree Williams

Rather than wait for someone else to get around to it, the pair got things rolling that night.

“We started Lost Wollongongon a whim,” Bottin remembers.

“Within a week we had our firstthousand members. Itbecame rapidly apparentthat we’dhit on something by the sheer growth that we experienced.

A year later they launched the Facebook page and the Lost Wollongong website.

Another year after that came the Twitter and Instagram profiles.

While the Facebook page tends to attract an older crowd who likes to be reminded through photos of their own childhood, Instagram draws a younger crowd, many of whom are discovering fresh things about their city through those photos.

This story Administrator ready to work first appeared on Nanjing Night Net.

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