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.
Mick Roberts has written 1262 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Bulli group named in Wollongong’s Australia Day awards

BULLI based, Make-Do Library of Things was recognised at the Wollongong Australia Day Awards Dinner held at Villa Doro last night. At the night, 14 awards were presented including Wollongong’s Citizen of the Year for 2020, veteran newsreader, Geoff Phillips. The Senior Citizen of the Year went to Val Fell and Young Citizen of the … Continue reading

Total fire ban today in the Illawarra with high temperatures and gusty winds

Gusty winds and high temperatures, ahead of a cooler change later this evening, will elevate bush fire conditions in the Illawarra today. Even after the limited rain received over the past week, the NSW Rural Fire Service warns the overall moisture deficit remains low. A TOTAL FIRE BAN is in force today

Northern beaches to remain open longer with temperatures expected to soar

BEACHGOERS can avoid the midday heat, and still enjoy a dip tomorrow, with Wollongong City Council’s Lifeguards extending patrol hours on 12 of popular beaches. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast temperatures in the high 30s for the northern Illawarra tomorrow (Thursday January 23) with a chance of a thunderstorm in the evening and gusty … Continue reading

Man arrested after a spate of break and enters from properties and cars at Woonona, Bulli and Thirroul

A MAN has been arrested at Woonona following a police investigation into a spate of break and enter offences in the area over the weekend. More than 20 reports of cars and properties being broken into at Thirroul, Woonona and Bulli have been made to police between Friday January 17 and Monday January 20. Following … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The Blue Hole Surf Club

Originally posted on Looking Back:
In the 1940s a surf club was formed at Era with their rescue boat christianed after the original Blue Hole boat. The members of the surf club included Peter Howe (front left) and Tony Piccinelli (front right). By MICK ROBERTS © HIDDEN, secretly perched overlooking the ocean in the Royal National Park,…

Welcome rain falls across the northern beaches

MOTORISTS are reminded to take care as rain continues to fall across the Illawarra. The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast rain with possible storms until Tuesday (January 21), with heavy bursts of rain and flash flooding both likely. The predicted conditions have potential to damage homes and property, as well possibly causing trees and powerlines … Continue reading

Free green waste collection point at Wombarra on Saturday

  FREE green waste collections will be available this weekend at Wombarra. Northern suburbs’ residents can drop off their green garden organic waste at Jim Allen Oval, Wombarra on Saturday January 18 from 7.30am to 11.30am. The Oval is located off Monash St, Wombarra. There will also be free collection points at Whytes Gully this … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The Uptons and fishing ‘The Cataract’

Originally posted on Looking Back:
Jack Upton at The Cataract in the 1940s. By MICK ROBERTS © FISHING The Cataract has been illegal for over a century but try telling that to the Upton family. Since the first Upton ventured into the district the family has built a proud heritage and tradition of fishing the rivers…

January school holiday activities in the north

A NUMBER of activities will be held at Corrimal, Thirroul and Helensburgh libraries during January to entertain children for the remainder of the school holidays. The Wollongong City Council events taking place are for a range of ages, and include crafts and acrobatic and parkour workshops. There are also outdoor activities at Corrimal pool. More … Continue reading

$1m offered for information on Cheryl Grimmer’s abduction from Fairy Meadow Beach in 1970

ON the 50th anniversary of the disappearance of toddler, Cheryl Grimmer, from Fairy Meadow Beach, the NSW Government has increased a reward to $1 million for information into her abduction and suspected murder. Cheryl Gene Grimmer, then aged three, was kidnapped outside the change sheds at Fairy Meadow Beach on Monday January 12 1970, where … Continue reading

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