Sporting history uncovered during Bulli shop renovations

While renovating the former Bulli Newsgagent building, the new owners found a peice of Illawarra sporting history.

While renovating the former Bulli Newsgagent building, the new owners found a peice of Illawarra sporting history.

RENOVATING the former Bulli Newsagent and Post Office in preparation for their new bridal and catering business last week, the new owners were surprised to find a rare piece of sporting history.

While removing paint and paper from the front window of the shop, opposite the Bulli Heritage Hotel, a large Illawarra Steelers logo was discovered.

The Illawarra Steelers entered the National Rugby League (NRL) competition in 1982, with financial backing from local leagues clubs. Their first captain was fullback John Dorahy now a Wollongong City Council councillor.

The Steelers left the NRL at the end of the 1998 season when Illawarra amalgamated with St George.

The St George Illawarra Dragons now represents the region in the NRL.

The new owners are transforming part of the former newsagent and post office into a catering business. The other section of the building (on the northern side), is currently being used as a hairdressers.

Meanwhile in other local business news, a source tells the The Bulli Times that the former Bulli Butcher, on the corner of Park Road and the Princes Highway, will be opened as a seafood store. We also hear that Woolworths propose to build a new service station on the site of the former Caltex station on the Princes Highway, opposite Organ’s Road.

About Mick Roberts

A Sydney journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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