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Sherbrooke’s history revealed

HAVE you ever wondered what the original Bulli or Thirroul was like in its infancy? Or have you ever heard of the village of Sherbrooke on the Bulli Mountain?
The region’s history will come alive with a program of ghost tours, open days, exhibitions, a film launch and lecture during the Wollongong Heritage Festival 2014.
The Festival runs from the April 12 to May 26 to coincide with the National Trust Heritage Festival and features events across the City, from Helensburgh to Unanderra.
“This is a great opportunity to celebrate our heritage and history and learn more about how Wollongong has grown, changed and evolved into the City it is today,” Wollongong Lord Mayor Gordon Bradbery said.
Wollongong City Council, with the support of the Wollongong Heritage Advisory Committee and local heritage groups, have put together a program of 12 featured events during the Festival. Wollongong City Council events include theatrical tours of Gleniffer Brae and Puckey’s Estate, pop up exhibitions in the CBD and guided tours of the City Centre heritage trailAt a local levek the Black Diamond Heritage Centre will feature an exhibition on the village of Sherbrooke, resumed to make way for the Cataract Dam early last century.
These events are supported by a good variety of featured community events, detailed in the Festival program.
The celebration of the Wollongong Heritage Festival was an identified action of the Wollongong Heritage Committee through the development of the Wollongong Heritage Strategy and Action Plan 2011-2014. It is being held in celebration of Australian Heritage Week (12 – 20 April), and the National Trust Heritage Festival (12 April – 26 May).
A full program of events is available on the Wollongong City Council website, at local libraries and at Council’s Administration Building. For more information you can contact Council’s Customer Service on (02) 4227 7111 or visit Council’s website.

About Mick Roberts

A newspaper journalist, writer and local 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 the Sydney and Illawarra regions of NSW 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 authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated 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 Limted), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications.

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