History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: Pioneer bushman: Ben Rixon

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Looking Back

mail coach kerryBy MICK ROBERTS ©

benjamin rixon Benjamin Rixon

A POST office was established at Wollongong in 1832 enabling the people of the Illawarra for the first time to have communication with the outside world.

Delivering the all important mail between Wollongong and Sydney is a tale of bushrangers, floods, fires and romance.

The bush mailmen were a tough breed of men and many earned legendary status.

Benjamin Rixon is one of these men. Said to have been the best white tracker in Australia, Rixon explored and trekked the escarpment, delivering the mail between the Illawarra and Campbelltown, for over 20 years.

Born at Parramatta in 1806, Benjamin and James Rixon were two survivors of Australia’s first white triplets, The Sydney Gazette recorded at the time.

“On the night of last Sunday fe’nnight’ Amelia Rixon, the wife of a private in the NSW Corps, was safely delivered of three infants, two of whom are…

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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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