Dictionary of Sydney

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Residential suburb on the southern shore of the Georges River, east of the Woronora River. Named after the lake in Italy, it grew from the camp set up for the building of the Illawarra rail line in the 1880s.

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Dharawal country until the Europeans started moving in in the 1860s, Como's position on two rivers made it an early oyster-gathering spot and tourist attraction. From the 1890s subdivision brought new residents to the area, and Como developed into a suburban village. During the Depression in the 1930s, reclamation and other relief works changed the shoreline and connected Como by road to Sutherland.