By MICK ROBERTS.
PETER Chamberlain has vivid memories of his dad telling him yarns about working on the Bulli Jetty.
His father George and Grandfather Arthur Chamberlain earned a living as bridge and wharf contractors moving around the country in search of work early last century. George was born in Richmond Victoria in 1893, the first child of Arthur and Isabella Chamberlain and was destined to follow in his father’s foot steps.
Peter Chamberlain said his grandfather Arthur worked on Australian icons such as the Circular Quay wharves and Sydney Harbour Bridge.
His grandfather’s first visit to the Illawarra was when he supervised the construction of a jetty at Port Kembla in about 1907. Later he was awarded the contract as supervising foreman to repair and extend the Bulli Coal Company’s jetty at Sandon Point in 1912.
Nineteen-year-old George and his 16-year-old brother Neild helped their father on the 18 month repair project.
The 800 feet long jetty was constantly at the mercy of the elements and had been rebuilt only five years earlier after 260 feet collapsed after a storm.
Read more about the Chamberlains and Bulli Jett at the Looking Back website.