More than one hundred years ago, on February 3, 1898, a little coal ship called The Amy was on its way to Sydney from Wollongong when it was caught in a storm off Thirroul.
The little ship broke up, and despite the best efforts of the local community, all hands on board were lost.
The locals were so shocked by the tragedy, they banded together to raise money and built a memorial- which once had a spire, and now stands in the middle of the roundabout at Thirroul Beach, where its constantly being clipped by garbage trucks and defaced by graffiti.
But there’s light at the end of the tunnel for the little slice of history.
Thirroul Village Committee has been fighting for years for a new home for the Amy memorial saying it’s an important piece of Thirroul’s history.
They’ve secured the support of the Bulli and Northern Illawarra Rotary Club- and now, have met with Wollongong Council, which is willing to discuss the inclusion of re-homing and restoring the monument for inclusion in the next budget.
This location is the third for the Amy monument as Thirroul has grown around it’s previous locations. Its hoped the monument can be placed, facing the ocean- and the submerged wreck it represents, on the grass verge between the swimming pool and the kiosk
The move and the restoration is expected to cost around $80,000.
The Annual General Meeting of the Thirroul Village Committee will be held on Sunday July 8.