Illawarra League generations come to life in bronze





NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell officially has unveiled the Centenary of Illawarra Rugby League sculpture outside the northern entrance to WIN Stadium.Mr O’Farrell invited centenary committee chairman Bob Millward to assist with the unveiling of the sculpture which is the final event on the centenary year calendar.

Former Wollongong sculptor Lis Johnson who now lives in Melbourne produced a unique bronze sculpture depicting past and future generations of rugby league in Illawarra. It shows a player from the past 100 years of rugby league passing the football to a youngster carry it on into the code’s next century in this district.

— Illawarra Mercury 10 December 2011

Yesterday afternoon’s sky–amazing but didn’t deliver

Nothing came of this except some great photo opportunities here in West Wollongong.





The texture is caused by photographing through a fly screen.

Wollongong people please note:  Wollongong Pictorial Mafia makes killing in the art world.

The Illawarra has its own mafia but the shootings are all in the name of art. Since forming six years ago the Wollongong Pictorial Mafia photography group has built up a steady following.

Spokeswoman Lisa Enever, of Horsley, said WPM comprised 20 largely hobbyist snappers whose membership extended interstate, but all had strong links to the Illawarra.

The group formed via the photo sharing website Flickr before they started meeting in the “real world”.

“The whole process is to get a sense of community among the members. That’s the best thing about it,” Enever said. “We’ve got such a huge range of people. Our youngest member is in early high school and our most experienced is a local photographic legend, Dulcie Dal Molin.”

Enever, a former real estate photographer, said outings were informal, with an emphasis on fun and learning.

“Someone will post on Flickr, ‘Hey, do you want to do a sunrise shoot on Sunday?’ and whoever can come will come along. Or we’ll go up to Sydney for the day,” she said.

Enever said Illawarra scenes were a particular favourite.

The group will open its fourth annual photographic exhibition and sale, titled Offers You Can’t Refuse, at Wollongong’s Project Contemporary Artspace on Wednesday. Opening night will follow on Friday from 6pm and will feature live music by Illawarra band The Groovy Brothers…

The exhibition continues until September 18.

New members are welcome.

For more information go to or email lisaenever[at]

I am not involved in this but may go and look.