History: Looking Back

Looking Back History Feature: The Bulli Beach Park Estate

Looking Back


A South Coast Times advertisement for Floyd's Estate at Bulli Beach in 1913 A South Coast Times advertisement for Floyd’s Estate at Bulli Beach in 1913

WANIORA Point, the parkland fronting Bulli Beach was for the early part of last century known locally as Point Peter or Floyd’s Point.

Peter Floyd, son of Bulli publican and butcher Jack Floyd, inherited 20 acres of land fronting Bulli beach, stretching westward to the South Coast railway, between Owen Street and Farrell Road, north to Bulli Park during the late 19th century and early 20th century. His farm house sat on the hill, off the northern side of Farrell Road.

Just months before his death at the young age of 47 on April 17 1913, Peter donated three acres or 1.2ha of land fronting the beach to Bulli Shire Council for public recreation. It wasn’t Peter’s first donation to the Shire, with the wealthy bachelor giving land for a road on the…

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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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