This is The Gong

Some stats.


Persons born overseas


2006 is the last available census.

I suspect the five years since have seen further demographic change in Wollongong, particularly in the numbers of Africans and Muslims in the migrant mix. Not all Muslims in Wollongong are immigrants, of course: see Savouring peace behind the scarf. Incidentally, despite my own reservations about him, the actual demographics so far this century make nonsense of the idea that the Howard government’s immigration policy was inherently racist.

And on the dominant “ethnic group” in the Gong see the thread Wollongong – bogan capital of the country?

Maps above are from Wollongong City Community Atlas.


4 thoughts on “This is The Gong

  1. Now that you are firmly ensconced in W, Neil, I am going to watch your writing on the city with interest. While I have known W for a very long while, I have never known it well. It’s been a very good city to live in for a long while.

    I will be interested to see how it shifts your perceptions.

    I read the bogan thread. By now, I am feeling the need to come firmly to the defence of bogans, whatever they may be!

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