History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: Dunny cans and the queen

WORD the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II was visiting Bulli quickly spread around the coalmining communities of northern Illawarra in 1954. The coronation of a young and beautiful queen just the year before captured the imagination of the Australian public and thousands would gather for a glimpse of the new reigning monarch during her visit. A surprise decision was made for the Queen to make the return journey to Sydney by Royal Train, causing a flurry of activity and panic from Bulli Railway Station staff. Eighty four-year-old Ken Henson had clear memories of when the Queen unexpectedly dropped into Bulli on February 12 1954 when interviewed for this story in 2004. He was working as relief station master at Bulli, filling in for his station master dad, Jack.

Looking Back

The Queen at Slacky Flat, Bulli 1954 The Queen at Slacky Flat, Bulli 1954

By MICK ROBERTS ©

Ken Henson on Bulli Railway Station in 2004, with a couple of old sanitary pans that were disguised as pot plants during the Queens visit 50 years prior. Ken Henson on Bulli Railway Station in 2004, with a couple of old sanitary pans that were disguised as pot plants during the Queens visit 50 years prior.

WORD the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II was visiting Bulli quickly spread around the coalmining communities of northern Illawarra in 1954.

The coronation of a young and beautiful queen just the year before captured the imagination of the Australian public and thousands would gather for a glimpse of the new reigning monarch during her visit.

A surprise decision was made for the Queen to make the return journey to Sydney by Royal Train, causing a flurry of activity and panic from Bulli Railway Station staff.

Eighty four-year-old Ken Henson had clear memories of when the Queen unexpectedly dropped into Bulli on February 12 1954 when interviewed for this story in 2004…

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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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