Balgownie is a small suburb lying to the nor-west of the Wollongong central business district in New South Wales.
The Princes Motorway lies to the west of the suburb and the Princes Highway to the west. Balgownie sits on the fringe of the light industrial and commercial suburb of Fairy Meadow.
Lying at the base of the Mt Keira slopes, the towns history, like so many in the area was originally was centred around logging, coal mining and farming industries but in later years has been consumed by urban sprawl and residential development. In recent times, expanses of land have been subdivided and transformed into estate projects containing villas and townhouses.
Balgownie Village, the central hub, offers locals conveniences including The Bally Pub, Balgownie Village Patisserie, The Urban Grind Café and the town has its own War Memorial.
Opened in 1989, the Balgownie Primary School Museum aims to preserve the history of the area, through artifacts, documents and photographs of the social and working lives of the community of Balgownie.
School photographic records, stories, letters and work samples of pupils are housed here dating back to 1890.
As the coal mining industry is closely linked to the town, the museum displays a model of a work area at the coal-face as it would have been in 1860.
Perhaps most unique to Balgownie is that the area features the oldest active soccer club in Australia. The Balgownie Rangers founded in 1883.
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