The Mercury in 1950: 'Rotten egg' smell from gasworks

Glen Humphries
November 28 2023 - 12:58pm
The Wollongong gasworks, at the western end of Smith Street, was being blamed for a rotten egg smell and fumes that turned homes blue.
The Wollongong gasworks, at the western end of Smith Street, was being blamed for a rotten egg smell and fumes that turned homes blue.

Looking back at November 29, 1950

The Wollongong gasworks was being blamed by nearby residents for creating fumes that were turning their houses blue.

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Glen Humphries

Glen Humphries

Senior journalist

I'm an award-winning senior journalist with the Illawarra Mercury and have well over two decades' worth of experience in newspapers. I cover the three local councils in the Illawarra for the Mercury, state and federal politics, as well as writing for the TV guide. If I'm not writing, I'm reading.

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