History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: The man who sold Sandon Point

Looking Back


Henry Cotterell out on the job Henry Cotterell out on the job

JUST what Bulli pioneer real estate agent Henry Cotterell would have thought of land prices at Sandon Point today is difficult to imagine.

Cotterell, known as “Cottie” to friends, was one time editor of the Bulli Times newspaper, but more interestingly he was the agent who sold the original Sandon Point Estate on Boxing Day 1913.

A model farm – owned by George Adams the proprietor of the Bulli Colliery, and later of Tattersall’s Lottery fame – was subdivided and auctioned by Cotterell on behalf of the trustees of the deceased estate.

In extreme contrast to small blocks of land selling in the remaining former Bulli Colliery almost a century later to the south for around a million dollars, Cotterell sold 60 feet beach frontages for around £60 ($120) in 1913. Also in disparity to the controversy surrounding the sale…

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About Mick Roberts

A 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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