History: Looking Back

Looking Back history feature: From tiny Austinmer chapel, to spacious RSL club building

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Looking Back

All Saints, Church of England, Moore Street Austinmer All Saints, Church of England, Moore Street Austinmer. Picture: Supplied

AUSTINMER All Saints Anglican Church celebrated a century of Christian worship on Sunday March 14 2004. A Mr E Sweeney of Corrimal completed a small weatherboard chapel at Austinmer in 1904 and in 2004 parishioner Judith Carrick looks at the history of the congregation:

WITH the prosperity of a colliery in 1886 a village grew between the railway station and Lawrence Hargrave Drive known as Austinmer.

Early settlers in the region travelled to Wollongong to attend Sunday worship, either at St Francis Xaviers Roman Catholic Church or St Michael’s Church of England until the Church of England Parish of Bulli was formed in 1881.

The Bulli Parish extended from Corrimal north to Helensburgh and west to Sherbrooke with the Rev H Walker Taylor the first rector.

As early as 1881 some “cottage” services were led by diocesan lay reader…

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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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