Scarborough, New South Wales

Scarborough is a small town on the south coast of New South Wales, Australia. It sits in the Northern Illawarra region, south of Stanwell Park and north of Wollongong on a narrow stretch between the Illawarra escarpment and sea cliffs. It's immediate northern neighbour is Clifton. Scarborough hosts a number of surfing competitions. Scarborough Public School is the town's public school. The town used to be called South Clifton but in 1903, to avoid confusion between the railway stations, it was renamed. The escarpment behind Scarborough is approximately 300 metres above sea level. [ [] ]

Scarborough is home to the Northern Suburbs Rugby League Club known as the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs' home ground is the Jim Allen Stadium located in Monash St, the same road as Scarborough Beach. Star players past and present include; Andrew "George" Stephens, James "Jimbo" Loeman, Ben "Cuz" Currey and Josh "Chooksy" Brooks. The Bulldogs often see spectator numbers for home games easily surpass the 5000 mark, with most punters chowing down on a nice lukewarm meat pie.


The Scarborough Hotel, opened in 1887, still stands. It was named the Scarborough Hotel at the time, before the name stuck to the town itself. The South Clifton (Scarborough) Mine was opened in 1891 by the Illawarra Coal Company, and closed in 1921. A new adit was established about 2 kilometres further south and this came to be known as South Clifton Tunnel Colliery"Working at South Clifton Colliery in 1952" Estell, D. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, August, 1991 pp179-184] . From 1898 to 1908 a post office was operated at the railway station. In 1913 construction began on a Clifton-Scarborough public school, and finished in 1914. It was opened by the Minister for Education of the time. From 1 January, 1915, the Clifton Public School was renamed Scarborough Public School. In 1952, an employee at South Clifton Tunnel Colliery, says that the mine was under the control of the Operations Branch of the Joint Coal Board who were in the process of upgrading to enable it to supply the new Tallawarra Power Station then being built. In 1954 mechanical pillar extraction of coal commenced at Scarborough. In 1963 the jubilee of the school was celebrated.


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