17 fascinating Illawarra pictures dating back to 1892

Local miners going fishing at Sandon Point.
Local miners going fishing at Sandon Point.

The Illawarra Mercury recently gifted its massive photo archive to Wollongong City Library.

The collection consists of 25 four-drawer filing cabinets filled with photos, plus more than 200 boxes of negatives dating from 1962.

Flick through the gallery for a sample of this fascinating visual record of the Illawarra.

Can you identify any of these local faces?

Outside the Illawarra Meat Co.

Outside the Illawarra Meat Co.

First committee of the Bulli Cottage Hospital, 1892.

First committee of the Bulli Cottage Hospital, 1892.

St Mary's College, 1937.

St Mary's College, 1937.

May pole dancing at Bulli, 1908.

May pole dancing at Bulli, 1908.

Rees family, c 1912. Standing, left to right, Elizabeth, Jane, Evan, Lloyd, Amelia, Edward Snr and Ann.

Rees family, c 1912. Standing, left to right, Elizabeth, Jane, Evan, Lloyd, Amelia, Edward Snr and Ann.

Keira 1st Grade, 1923.

Keira 1st Grade, 1923.

Fernhill FC, 1926.

Fernhill FC, 1926.

W.D.S.F.C, 1909.

W.D.S.F.C, 1909.

Mount Kembla Rugby League Football Club, Willers Group 7 Grade and Illawarra 1st Grade Competition 1939.

Mount Kembla Rugby League Football Club, Willers Group 7 Grade and Illawarra 1st Grade Competition 1939.

Wollongong Soccer Club: Winners Langridge Physical Culture Cup, Season 1932.

Wollongong Soccer Club: Winners Langridge Physical Culture Cup, Season 1932.

Bulli Surf Club, 1912.

Bulli Surf Club, 1912.

Mr and Mrs Bert Wakin and family celebrate Christmas, December 25, 1906.

Mr and Mrs Bert Wakin and family celebrate Christmas, December 25, 1906.

Bulli Public School students, 1921.

Bulli Public School students, 1921.

Bulli school children, 1900.

Bulli school children, 1900.