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History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: The Salvos come to Bulli

Looking Back

The original Walker family home on Bulli Mountain The Walker family home on Bulli Mountain. Back row: William Walker, Selina Walker nee Reeks with baby, Harold, Emma Hails nee Reeks.  Middle row: Charlie Walker, William Walker, Sarah Vey nee Salisbury, Jack Walker, Maria Reeks nee Salisbury with Jim, Ivy Hails Front row: Amy Walker , Ethel Walker and Florrie Walker

By MICK ROBERTS ©

William Walker and his large family William Walker and his large family in the early 1920s. Keith Walker is the baby being held by his mother to the right.

YOUNG William Walker would have been looked on as a curiosity by his school mates at Bulli in the 1880s.

Although William was like most other adolescent boys growing-up in the mining community, he was looked at differently because he belonged to a Salvationist family – a new religious order that had arrived in town just prior to the infamous Bulli Mine disaster of March 23 1887.

William was just 10…

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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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