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History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: Beef and Beer Barons

Looking Back

The Bulli butcher shop when John Williams operated it. The dwellings to the left was the original home of the Floyd family. The house was demolished to make way for the current butcher shop in the corner of Park Road and the Princes Highway. The old butcher shop is still in existence. The Bulli butcher shop when John Williams operated it. The dwelling to the left was the original home of the Floyd family. The house was demolished to make way for the current butcher shop at the corner of Park Road and the Princes Highway. The old butcher shop (centre) is still in existence.

By MICK ROBERTS ©

John Francis Floyd had a butcher shop at the corner of Park Road and the Prince's Highway at Bulli. When Farrell retired John Francis bought his boss' business and with wife Florence helped build the family butchering dynasty. John Francis Floyd in his butcher shop at the corner of Park Road and the Prince’s Highway at Bulli.

FOR over a century beef and beer were synonymous with the Floyd family name in Illawarra’s north.

Four generations of Floyds were successful butchers and hoteliers leaving a legacy of a business empire that grew out of the 1860s. The dynasty began with John Floyd in 1867 and ended with great grandson Jim Floyd when he retired as a butcher in 1998.

Butchering was inherited from generation to generation in the family, hitting its…

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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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