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New South Wales, Australia

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Population: 523
Postcode: 2530
Coordinates: 34°29′3″S 150°48′35″E / -34.48417, 150.80972Coordinates: 34°29′3″S 150°48′35″E / -34.48417, 150.80972
LGA: City of Wollongong
State District: Shellharbour
Federal Division: Whitlam

Brownsville is a suburb of Wollongong in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia, located on the western side of Lake Illawarra.


The suburb of Dapto was officially founded in 1834, when George Brown transferred the Ship Inn from Wollongong to Mullet Creek Farm. After an unsuccessful attempt at wheat growing in the 1850s, Dapto embraced the dairy industry. In 1887 the railway opened and a butter factory was established. This began a transformation in which the town centre of Dapto shifted south to where the new station was located, and the original locality was renamed "Brownsville".

The books John Brown of Brownsville (2012), Gooseberry and Hooka (2012) and Lake Illawarra: an ongoing history (2005) – all written by Joseph Davis and published by the Lake Illawarra Authority – contain lots of detail about Dapto's history.


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