History: Looking Back

Looking Back History Feature: The Father of Bulli

Looking Back

Henry Fry's general store, Bulli. The shop was located about opposite Hobart Street on the Princes Highway. Henry Fry’s general store, Bulli. The shop was located about opposite Hobart Street on the Princes Highway.


fry Henry Fry: The Father of Bulli.

OFTEN referred to as the “Father of Bulli”, Henry Strange Fry can be credited with laying the foundations of a farming community that grew into a city.

The largely unsung pioneer, who tirelessly battled to improve the quality of life for those who called the northern Illawarra home, was born in Bath, England in 1829 before arriving in Sydney as a free settler in 1854 on board the Bangalore, with his aunt, Rhoda Wilmot Fry.

Twenty something, and ready to begin a new and exciting life in the young colony of New South Wales, he obtained work with the government as a carpenter and joiner, building railway stations between Sydney and Parramatta, supplementing his wage crafting elaborate show cases for Sydney jewellers.


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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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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