11 January 2020
Unanderra Hotel – Illawarra Jazz Club
Back by popular demand, Greg Poppleton will have you tapping your toes, kicking up your heels and just having a bloody great time at the Unanderra Hotel for Saturday Jazz put on by the Illawarra Jazz Club. Greg is a well loved and respected musician, entertainer, actor and genuinely nice guy. You won’t regret seeing this amazing quintet. The Band – Greg Poppleton (1920s-30s Vocals), Damon Poppleton (Alto Sax), PaulBaker (Banjo), Richelle (Bootsie) Booth (BassSax/Clarinet), Adam Barnard (Washboard).
The Unanderra Hotel is at 27 Central Rd, Unanderra, Wollongong, just a short walk from Unanderra Railway Station.
The Unanderra Hotel was built in 1956 and has since undergone a refurbishment to be one of the area’s most-visited attractions. The Hotel has a popular bistro.
Unanderra is both a residential suburb of Wollongong, mostly to the west of the Princes Highway and industrial, to the east. Along the highway is a strip of commercial ventures such as a Woolworth’s and several speciality stores.
Two distinctive and beautiful buildings in Unanderra are the Catholic Church and the Syriac Orthodox Church. The Immaculate Conception Catholic Church was opened in 1954 and subsequently extended in 1997 and is located at 48 Princes Highway, Unanderra. Saint Thomas Syriac Orthodox Church in Central Road, Unanderra, was opened in 2007.
Unanderra has several local attractions including an old school building, several historic houses and a community centre. The community centre is housed in the former Central Illawarra Municipal Council Chambers, opened in 1901. This operated until the merging of the North Illawarra and Central Illawarra chambers to create the City of Greater Wollongong in 1947. The Unanderra Branch Library opened in 1955 within the centre and was enlarged in 1960.
At the time of its founding, Unanderra was known as Charcoal Creek, the name of a prominent waterway through the area. From the late 19th century Unanderra served as a gateway to the Sydney Municipal markets for produce (apples, beans, peas, milk) from the surrounding area as well as South Kembla, Cordeaux Valley and as far away as Goondarrin. On 20 August 1932, Unanderra became the junction for the scenic and heavily-graded railway to Moss Vale.