FLASHBACK PHOTOS: 10 years ago in the Illawarra

Ten years ago, a 35-year-old recluse who had spent 10 years living a sparse life in a humpy at the foothills of Macquarie Pass mysteriously died; a 10-year-old boy was plucked to safety from Lake Illawarra after he set out on a rubber tube at Mt Warrigal - and ended up 3km away; and more than half the region's monthly average rainfall fell over one Saturday night.

What were you doing in April 2004? Do you recognise any faces? Let us know in the comments below.

Click here for pictures from March 2003.

The occupant of this humpy on the foothills of Macquarie Pass mysteriously dies. Very few people gained entry into his reclusive world 3km up a bush track and he saw no reason to explain himself.

The occupant of this humpy on the foothills of Macquarie Pass mysteriously dies. Very few people gained entry into his reclusive world 3km up a bush track and he saw no reason to explain himself.

He shunned the world so much that he lay dead in his bed for months before anyone noticed he was missing. The discovery was made when campers at an Albion Park property asked about the man, whom they had seen on a previous occasion. Farmers realised they had not seem him since Christmas.

He shunned the world so much that he lay dead in his bed for months before anyone noticed he was missing. The discovery was made when campers at an Albion Park property asked about the man, whom they had seen on a previous occasion. Farmers realised they had not seem him since Christmas.

The man's only contact with the outside world was once a week when he would hop on his old bike and cycle to the supermarket. He lived a sparse life in bush where he had built himself a small home from rocks and corrugated iron.

The man's only contact with the outside world was once a week when he would hop on his old bike and cycle to the supermarket. He lived a sparse life in bush where he had built himself a small home from rocks and corrugated iron.

This little adventurer drifted for at least three hours on Lake Illawarra before he ended up near Oak Flats and was winched into a rescue helicopter and flown to Shellharbour Hospital. The schoolboy took an inflatable rubber tube down to the foreshore at Mt Warrigal about midday and set off on what he thought would be a short paddle.

This little adventurer drifted for at least three hours on Lake Illawarra before he ended up near Oak Flats and was winched into a rescue helicopter and flown to Shellharbour Hospital. The schoolboy took an inflatable rubber tube down to the foreshore at Mt Warrigal about midday and set off on what he thought would be a short paddle.

Flash flooding leaves water across Pioneer Rd, Towradgi, creating a hazard for motorists.

Flash flooding leaves water across Pioneer Rd, Towradgi, creating a hazard for motorists.

Flash flooding leaves water across Pioneer Rd, Towradgi, creating a hazard for motorists.

Flash flooding leaves water across Pioneer Rd, Towradgi, creating a hazard for motorists.

Catholic Bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham said meeting the Pope, whom he described as a hero and giant of our time, in Rome was an incredible privlege.

Catholic Bishop of Wollongong Peter Ingham said meeting the Pope, whom he described as a hero and giant of our time, in Rome was an incredible privlege.

Coledale marathon runner Kerryn McCann applauds Labor's baby bonus plan for new mums.

Coledale marathon runner Kerryn McCann applauds Labor's baby bonus plan for new mums.

Lake Illawarra Authority chairman Doug Prosser looks on as the waters flow once again at the entrance to the lake.

Lake Illawarra Authority chairman Doug Prosser looks on as the waters flow once again at the entrance to the lake.

Susie Elelman at the 2004 TV WEEK Logie Awards.

Susie Elelman at the 2004 TV WEEK Logie Awards.

Port Kembla businesspeople Sue Bell (left), Pat Walsh, Michael Misiti, Joe Navarria and Donna Porcella are still off air after heavy rain cut the connection to a Telstra cable.

Port Kembla businesspeople Sue Bell (left), Pat Walsh, Michael Misiti, Joe Navarria and Donna Porcella are still off air after heavy rain cut the connection to a Telstra cable.

Coledale camping ground users angrily oppose plans to cut back the number of camping sites at the grounds. Most residents seem pleased with the status quo as well.

Coledale camping ground users angrily oppose plans to cut back the number of camping sites at the grounds. Most residents seem pleased with the status quo as well.

Connie Fierravanti-Wells grew up under the working-class shadow of Port Kembla's stack with her Italian immigrant family. In 2005 she is to become a federal Liberal senator.

Connie Fierravanti-Wells grew up under the working-class shadow of Port Kembla's stack with her Italian immigrant family. In 2005 she is to become a federal Liberal senator.

Downpour turns North Beach into fossicker's feast.

Downpour turns North Beach into fossicker's feast.

Mark Dalli and Jayson Smith in Hog's Breath Cafe, which opens in east Crown Street, Wollongong.

Mark Dalli and Jayson Smith in Hog's Breath Cafe, which opens in east Crown Street, Wollongong.

Illawarra Senior College teacher Liina Sullivan is the only teacher in the region to win a national award for excellence in 2004.

Illawarra Senior College teacher Liina Sullivan is the only teacher in the region to win a national award for excellence in 2004.

It's all in the wrist: Marie-Christine Desseraine represented Wollongong in the national petanque championships.

It's all in the wrist: Marie-Christine Desseraine represented Wollongong in the national petanque championships.

Flinders Public School students Lauren and Brooke enlist the support of mother Kate on Walk Safely to School Day.

Flinders Public School students Lauren and Brooke enlist the support of mother Kate on Walk Safely to School Day.

Horsley's Dylan and his dog Jess made the most of Easter Monday, playing on the foreshore of Belmore Basin.

Horsley's Dylan and his dog Jess made the most of Easter Monday, playing on the foreshore of Belmore Basin.

Jed, 4, enjoys Easter when his mother waives the "one at a time" chocolate allowance.

Jed, 4, enjoys Easter when his mother waives the "one at a time" chocolate allowance.

Member for Throsby Jennie George speaks with Carmen Lawrence during Ms George's re-election campaign launch at Kembla Grange Golf Club.

Member for Throsby Jennie George speaks with Carmen Lawrence during Ms George's re-election campaign launch at Kembla Grange Golf Club.

New Shellharbour City Council team Christine Jeffreys, Helen Stewart, Charlie Mifsud, Tim Hore, Helen Gillett, Michele Greig, John Leedham, Jeff Bailey and Geoff Rose.

New Shellharbour City Council team Christine Jeffreys, Helen Stewart, Charlie Mifsud, Tim Hore, Helen Gillett, Michele Greig, John Leedham, Jeff Bailey and Geoff Rose.

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