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The Bulli Jetty after a section fell into the sea in 1907
By MICK ROBERTS ©
Updated January 2020
THE late Peter Chamberlain had vivid memories of his dad telling him yarns about working on the Bulli Jetty.
I interviewed Peter, who lived with his wife Bronwen on Bulli Hill, back in the 1990s. He sadly died in 2019.
Peter told me about his father George, and Grandfather, Arthur Chamberlain, who both earned a living as bridge and wharf contractors, moving around the country in search of work early last century.
George was born in Richmond Victoria in 1893, the first child of Arthur and Isabella Chamberlain and was destined to follow in his father’s foot steps.
Peter said his grandfather, Arthur worked on Australian icons such as the Circular Quay wharves and Sydney Harbour Bridge. His grandfather’s first visit to the Illawarra was when he supervised the construction…
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