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Looking Back history feature: Bushland reclaims Bulli’s lost ‘Pit Town’

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pit town bulli

BULLI Pit Town (pictured about 1885 above) was located on the first escarpment bench, to the north of the original Bulli Coal Mine portals and workings. The town was located on the southern side of a creek, and consisted of about 16 or so cottages for the miners working at the Bulli pit. Very little remains of the town today, except for a few footings. The town has been reclaimed by the bush.

The inhabitants of Pittown here are thinking of making a try to get a post-office for themselves.There are nearly as many persons residing near the colliery as there are at Robbinsville (Thirroul), and as they reside as far from the post-office as the people of the latter place they think they have aright to a post-office. There are also several competent persons ready to conduct such an office for £10 a year these…

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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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