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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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