Illawong was established by Dr Barnardo's in Australia in 1962 in Wollongong. It was operated as a family group home for British child migrants and could accommodate 12 children. It closed in early 1975 due to a lack of demand.
Barnardos purchased 'Hi Wi Lodge' in Hillview Avenue to be a family group home. Illawong is sometimes described as being in Keiraville and other times in Wollongong, the street Hillview Avenue was on the border of the two suburbs.
Demand for places at Illawong had decreased from 1970. In 1971 seven children lived at Illawong, four of them had been born in Australia. Illawong closed in early 1975.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Home for twelve children', Illawarra Mercury, 30 October 1962, p. 5; 'Underprivileged to have a new home', Illawarra Mercury, 17 August 1962, p. 16; 'Boys' home closes down', Illawarra Mercury, 1 March 1975, p. 9.
Prepared by: Nicola Laurent
Created: 17 March 2011, Last modified: 25 October 2017