Here is the December collage.


Top posts this year have been:

  1. Home page / Archives 5,087 views in 2012
  2. Shellharbour 2 – Beverley Whitfield Pool 127
  3. Corner of Goulburn and George Streets, Sydney 125
  4. The amazing Surry Hills Library 1 112
  5. 2012 96
  6. St Francis Xavier’s Cathedral, Wollongong — 3 94
  7. The ultimate old photos post 93
  8. Paddy’s Market to Ultimo 2 – the markets 93
  9. Small Buddhist temple 3 89
  10. Wollongong–Boxing Day sales crowds, but not on Boxing Day 68
  11. Old Illawarra: mystery scans from my family archives 67
  12. Illawarra Flame Tree — Brachychiton acerifolius 66
  13. Waiting for Jack Vidgen — 1 65
  14. Old haunt derelict now 64
  15. 2009 Mardi Gras Fair Day 4 – Mad Hatter’s Tea Party 62
  16. Volcanic eruption in Australia ’3000 years overdue’! 58
  17. Old court house, Wollongong — 2 57
  18. Lunch at The Hellenic Club, Figtree 54
  19. Revisiting Surry Hills: The Shakespeare Hotel and Devonshire Street 52
  20. The Carrington Hotel, Bourke Street 50
  21. Mount Keira 50


At City Beach – these skateboarders just had a bit of advice about road safety…

You can view this blog’s Annual Report.

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 12,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 20 years to get that many views.

In 2012, there were 392 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 2,226 posts.

The busiest day of the year was August 1st with 156views. The most popular post that day was August Theme Day: numbers–Church Street Wollongong.

The Illawarra Brewery–and pioneer cemetery!

A favourite of mine. I never tire of this view – it has been on this blog a lot in the last couple of years! But if you lived down here, you wouldn’t tire of it either! And then there is the beer…

…Illawarra Brewing Company (IBC) operations manager Dave McGrath says there has been a long transformation process since he and his father, Garry, took over there three years ago.

“We’re still in a constant transition of out with the old and in with the new,” Mr McGrath said. “We’re only now getting to the point where we’ve got the decor the way that we want it.”

The main motivation for the revamp is to make the most of the Tasman Sea views, which bring a lot of customers down to the brewery over summer.

“The plan has always been to capitalise on the location and better utilisation of the terrace area,” Mr McGrath said. “I feel that we’ve done that now with the different seating configurations and the timbers.”

Another aim is to make it “the home of craft beer in Wollongong”. The bar already offers at least seven IBC beers on tap as well as three or four swinging taps for other breweries’ beers. But the plan is to double the number of taps – to 20 – so that beer lovers will be spoiled for choice….




And the cemetery? See my 2011 posts Pioneers: Wollongong’s Old Roman Catholic Cemetery — 1, Pioneers: Wollongong’s Old Roman Catholic Cemetery — 2, Pioneers: Wollongong’s Old Roman Catholic Cemetery — 3.