South to Bomaderry – Nowra

 Railway Stations Dapto to Bomaderry

Note – there was a lot of train travel associated with the Kiama Soldiers Camp during WW1 – and then the Red Cross Soldiers Convalescent Hospital at Bomaderry

Can you help us?

We have identified the following stories and names of service personnel being farewelled or welcomed home at railway stations – are there any more ? Or perhaps you have some photographs or memorabilia of service personnel or the stations from the WW1 years ?

If so, then if you’d like to help us – please email details to bdhcbulli@gmail.com or phone 02 – 42 671488.

Dapto (WW1 Honour Roll at Dapto School)

  • May 10 1916 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – soldiers returning by the Paper Train to the Kiama camp made a Khaki Invasion on milk at the Dapto Butter Factory – factory hands could do nothing – Butter Factory Photo on Lost Wollongong FB  & Dapto History in Photos on Facebook (Brownsville Flour Mill Also known as Browns Mill and Dapto Flour Mill. The mill was later used as a butter factory in the late 1800’s)
  • October 13 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Edward Clifford died of meningitis developed while in camp – remains conveyed to the station and interred at the Brownsville Church of England cemetery
  • November 2 1917 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Bob Hargrave returned after service in Gallipoli and then wounded in France – welcomed home at the station
  • November 2 1917 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private H Hargrave welcomed back home at the station
  • July 19 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Clive Bailey welcomed home at the station
  • February 7 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Arthur Lindsay welcomed at Wollongong station and conveyed by motor to Dapto
  • May 16 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Private Edgar Mark welcomed home at the station
  • June 13 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Privates H Gillen and C Chie welcomed home at the station
  • August 1 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Peace celebration march from the station to the Dapto Showground
  • August 15 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Private Harry Chippendall welcomed home at the station
  • December 12 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Dr Charles Bateman welcomed home at the station

Yallah

  • May 30 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Sapper Armstrong welcomed home at the station

Albion Park

  • January 7 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – Trooper Robby Parkinson welcomed home from the Dardanelles – first of Albion Park’s soldiers to return home – had also been first to volunteer and the first wounded – transported in procession to the Town Hall
  • January 7 1916 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – Trooper Parkinson welcomed home at the station
  • April 25 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Gunner Phillip Healy welcomed home at the station
  • May 2 1919 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus & Illawarra Mercury  May 2 1919 – Trooper Selwyn Ziems and Private W Chamberlain welcomed home at the station
  • December 12 1919 – Illawarra Mercury – Captain C D Bateman was welcomed home at the station

Dunmore

Minnamurra

  • May 17 1916 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – train headed to Kiama Camp to take soldiers on leave jumped the track near Minnamurra so 500 soldiers had to march to Shellharbour to entrain

Bombo

Kiama

  • July 28 1915 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Private Bertram, invalided in the Dardanelles, expected to pass through Kiama Railway Station on way home to Berry
  • September 8 1915 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – more than 100 recruits at Wollongong Station who had travelled up from as far as Nowra to Kiama – were on their final leave before embarking for the front
  • March 22 1916 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – 660 soldiers arrive by special train at the station as reinforcements for the 17th Battalion – welcomed by the townspeople – April 1 1916 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – then 11th & 12th Reinforcements for the 17th Battalion were entertained at a special concert – April 8 1916  & April 29 1916 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – still there in the Kiama camp
  • March 31 1916 – Illawarra Mercury – 500 soldiers to travel through Wollongong to Sydney on a special train
  • July 29 1916 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Bugler Horace Pratt welcomed home with a band
  • August 5 1916 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – 30th Battalion farewelled by the Band as they left by special train
  • November 11 1916 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Lone Pine Band welcomed at the station
  • July 28 1917 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – two local Munitions workers, A W “Big Sandy” Martin and Jack “Bel” Hall to leave by train from Kiama for embarkation
  • October 17 1917 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – short notice for the return of Private Jack Henderson and the local Kiama Band couldn’t play – but the Kiama Mayor and Wollongong Stationmaster arrange for the Wollongong Salvation Army Band (on the same train) to play at the welcome home on the station around midnight and 300 to 400 locals turn out to welcome him home
  • October 27 1917 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – the Band was organised to welcome Private Gabriel McAuliffe off the 8am train at the station – but he arrived early on the 5am train and the telegram advising of the change was too late  – so there was no welcoming band there yet
  • November 28 1917 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Kiama Mayor arranges for Jamberoo returning and invalided soldier Private J A Carthew to be met at the station and transported to his Jamberoo home
  • January 12 1918 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Driver Charles Cornford welcomed home at the station
  • February 16 1918 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Private Lindsay Hetherington welcomed home at the station by 800- 900 people despite the short notice
  • March 23 1918 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Private A E Edwards to be welcomed home at the station
  • February 26 1919 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Trooper Frank Schubert welcomed home at the station steps

Gerringong

  • December 19 1917 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Gerringong plans the welcome home of Privates Harold Cook and P Kelly from the station – no matter what the date – the Mayor to be there and the band to play
  • January 12 1918 – Kiama Independent & Shoalhaven Advertiser – Private Pat Kelly welcomed home on New Years Eve at the station

Berry

  •  July 17 1915 – Shoalhaven News and Southern Districts Advertiser – Nurse Matthews farewelled at the station by whole of the nursing staff from Berry Hospital
  • July 8 1916 – Shoalhaven News and Southern Districts Advertiser – Mr Jack Robertson welcomed home at the station
  • December 21 1918 – Shoalhaven News and Southern Districts Advertiser – Major Dooley welcomed home at the station
  • November 15 1919 – Shoalhaven News and Southern Districts Advertiser – Peace Celebration at Berry

Bomaderry (Nowra)

  • July 15 1915 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast District Advertiser – Private Beryl Bertram welcomed home at the station – more November 20 1915 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser
  • November 4 1916 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast District Advertiser – Major Luke Bice welcomed home at the station
  • December 23 1916 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast District Advertiser – Private Clive Alexander welcomed home at the station
  • January 6 1917 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – James Shepherd, J Robson and Hubert Brown welcomed home at the station
  • April 14 1917 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Private Barney Smith welcomed home at the station
  • April 27 1918 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Tourist Hotel Bomaderry proposed as a Soldiers Convalescent Home
  • May 4 1918 – Kiama Independent and Wollongong Advertiser – plans for the Red Cross Soldiers Convalescent Home at Bomaderry – had to be near the railway line
  • May 25 1918 – Kiama Independent and Wollongong Advertiser – formal announcement of plans for the Red Cross Soldiers Convalescent Home at Bomaderry – by gaining a lease on the Tourist Hotel
  • August 16 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – On August 24 1918 the Soldiers Convalescent Home was opened in Bomaderry and people intending to attend the opening were advised of the train leaving Sydney to carry passengers to the opening – note a lot of towns on the South Coast were fund raising for the Home
  • August 16 1918 – South Coast Times & Wollongong Argus – On August 24 1918 the Red Cross Soldiers Convalescent Home was opened in Bomaderry and people intending to attend the opening were advised of the train leaving Sydney to carry passengers to the opening – note a lot of towns on the South Coast were fund raising for the Home
  • August 30 1918 – Illawarra Mercury – Report on return home from the pilgrimage by rail to the Soldiers Convalescent Home at Bomaderry
  • October 15 1918 – Shoalhaven and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Private R Cashman welcomed home at the station
  • October 12 1918 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Lieutenant Spencer Horden welcomed home at the station
  • January 4 1919 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Corporal T Marriott, Lance Corporal Pepper and Lance Corporal Glanville Military Medal were welcomed home at the station
  • March 18 1919 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Private Dinny West welcomed home at the station
  • May 10 1919 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Private Jim Bindon welcomed home at the station
  • June 14 1919 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Private Reg Symonds welcomed home at the station
  • September 13 1919 – Shoalhaven News and South Coast Districts Advertiser – Private Colin Campbell welcomed home at the station

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