Family History

Wollongong Memorial Gardens is a great resource if you're researching your family's history.

Our records can give you valuable information about burials or interments, and the date of death. Inscriptions on headstones or plaques also often include details such as date of birth and the names of a person's spouse, children or parents.

For many people, locating and visiting the burial or memorial site of your family members is an important way to establish a feeling of connection, or to pay respect.

If you have a question about our records, or need help finding a family member's interment site at one of our locations, please get in touch with us.

Other helpful information

  • Wollongong City Libraries has a number of resources that can help with family history research, including free in-library access to databases such as Ancestry.com and FindMyPast.
  • The libraries' Local Studies collection has a large amount of information about people and events in Wollongong over the past two centuries, including newspapers, historic images, maps, census records, electoral rolls and more. The Local Studies librarians can also provide support and advice to help you with your research.
  • Illawarra Remembers 1914-1918 is a website dedicated to the men and women of the Illawarra during the first World War.

Top image: Jenkins family, ca. 1860. From the collections of Wollongong City Libraries and the Illawarra Historical Society. See image details on the libraries' catalogue.

William Warren Jenkins (pictured second from left) established the Berkeley Pioneer Cemetery in the 1860s.