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​Avon Colliery, 1981​


Traditional Custodians of Illawarra Land

Local communities of Aboriginal people were the original inhabitants and Traditional Custodians of Illawarra Land. Their dialect is a variant of the Dharawal language. Before European settlement, the Aboriginal people of the region lived in small family groups with complicated social structures and close associations with specific areas. Suburb boundaries do not reflect the cultural boundaries of the local Aboriginal community. Traditional Custodians today are descendants of the original inhabitants and have ongoing spiritual and cultural ties to the Land and waterways where their ancestors lived.

Parish of Wongawilli County of Camden

Suburb assigned 5 August 2005. A locality within Metropolitan Catchment Area on the western side of Illawarra Range about 4km west of Wongawilli and about 5km north west of Avondale. An address locality. Proposed as locality 10 Jul 02.


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 Avon - Timeline

John Buckland is promised a land grant of 1920 acres, names it “Balgownie”
John Dingwall purchases a portion of land from an auction, names it “Mount Pleasant”
Mount Pleasant Colliery opened by Mr P. Lahiff on Plunkett’s property.
The tramway from Mount Pleasant Colliery to Wollongong Harbour constructed after being rushed through parliment
Second Mount Pleasant Colliery opened 2.5 km north of original
Balgownie Public School opened
Mount Pleasant Coke Works built near the railway bridge in North Wollongong
Mount Pleasant Colliery ceases production
Mount Pleasant Colliery goes into liquidation
BHP takes over the colliery (now named Keira Pleasant Tunnels)
Mt Ousley Road begins construction (Main Rd 513 and Trunk Rd 95)
Mt Ousley Road completed and opened
Colliery closed and sealed
Mount Pleasant Sports and Social Club opens
Rhododendron Park established by members of the Illawarra branch of the Australian Rhododendron Society
Pleasant Heights Public School established
Mount Pleasant Sports and Social Club closes
Mount Pleasant Coke Works (at North Wollongong) ceases operation
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