GALLERY: Historical photos of Port Kembla stack

Stunning black and white photos of the stack's construction.

How these women cleaned up Port Kembla

How these women cleaned up Port Kembla. Kembla residents Helen Hamilton and Olive Rodwell on Reservoir Street.

Wollongong surf pioneers look back to the beginning

From beach bums to world champions, JOSH BUTLER looks at the Illawarra’s surfing culture.

GALLERY: Forgotten souls of Garrawarra Cemetery

The Mercury uncovers some of the haunting stories from the overgrown burial ground.

Coalcliff Cokeworks: 99 years of history

A few months ago the Corrimal Cokeworks celebrated its anniversary - a milestone the sister facility at Coalcliff will miss by just a year.

GALLERY: End of Thirroul's beloved old hardware store

It's Friday morning at Jackson's Hardware in Thirroul and the vintage store is bustling with customers.

Illawarra history: Tales from the Illawarra

Illawarra Mercury history columnist Michelle Hoctor uncovers the history of the region, from scandalous tales and brushes with the law to the development of our towns.

GALLERY, VIDEO: The birth of a concrete colossus

It was November 1963 and Boyd Thompson was a construction engineer for the Electrolytic Refinery and Smelting Company.

THEN & NOW: Growing up in the Illawarra

Press or run your mouse over this interactive gallery and see if you recognise any of the faces.

Unique school playground unlocking little lives - Aspect South Coast School for children on the autism spectrum

Confidence gained through play can change the lives of students at Aspect South Coast School.

The day workers stood up to Pig Iron Bob

Former Illawarra Steelers rugby league forward John Cross joined more than 30 Maritime Union of Australia members on Friday as they volunteered as extras for a historical documentary being filmed at Port Kembla.

GALLERY: Bass Point tragedy remembered

Seventy years have passed since a freak wave washed four young Australian soldiers to their deaths off Bass Point, but their memories live on through an annual memorial service.

Bulli sawmill's closing spells end of an era

More than a century of sawmilling in Wollongong's northern suburbs will come to an end in May as Bulli's last working mill shuts its doors.

Then and now: Living in the Illawarra in the 1960s and today.

Then and now: Living in the Illawarra in the and today.