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Looking Back history feature: Lysaght and the reformed drunkard

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Lysaght's inn, Fairy Meadow, the Illawarra's first licensed pub north of Wollongong. This picture was taken shortly before its demolition to make was for Wollongong High School in the 1960s. Lysaght’s inn, Fairy Meadow, the Illawarra’s first licensed pub north of Wollongong. This picture was taken shortly before its demolition to make was for Wollongong High School in the 1960s.

By MICK ROBERTS ©

WELL over six feet tall and solidly built, Andrew Lysaght was an imposing and influential Illawarra pioneer.

A magistrate, who resigned after a NSW Parliamentary inquiry found he called the Wollongong Police Sergeant an “old woman”, he wasn’t afraid to speak his mind – especially to the establishment.

Lysaght was granted 60 acres, where he built the Illawarra’s first pub north of Wollongong – The Fairy Meadow Hotel in 1856.

The pioneering publican hosted the inn, on the present southern corner of Lysaght Street and the Prince’s Highway, for 13 years before becoming a Wollongong magistrate in 1870.

Senior Sergeant Sheriden brought charges against Lysaght for influencing the outcome of a court case and slandering his name…

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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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