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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 1129 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Looking Back History Feature: The Hardie Girls (and boys)

Originally posted on Looking Back:
The Hardie girls (and boys): Edith Robinson (left) and Elaine Broadhead with former employees of Hardies Rubber factory. The site is now the Thirroul Plaza Shopping Plaza in 2003. By MICK ROBERTS © The “girls” working inside Hardie Rubber Factory 1949 ALTHOUGH it is difficult to imagine today, Thirroul was once…

Looking Back History Feature: The Father of Bulli

Originally posted on Looking Back:
Henry Fry’s general store, Bulli. The shop was located about opposite Hobart Street on the Princes Highway. By MICK ROBERTS © Henry Fry: The Father of Bulli. OFTEN referred to as the “Father of Bulli”, Henry Strange Fry can be credited with laying the foundations of a farming community that…

Lawrence Hargrave Drive to close overnight next week

MOTORISTS are advised Lawrence Hargrave Drive will be closed next week for one night for routine maintenance work. The road will be closed in both directions between Lady Wakehurst Drive and Railway Crescent, Stanwell Park from 8pm and 4am on Monday August 26, weather permitting. The work includes trimming vegetation, clearing drains and litter collection … Continue reading

Work to get underway next month on Clifton’s iconic Imperial Hotel

ALMOST three years after an announcement that the historic Imperial Hotel at Clifton would be restored, owners Shellharbour Workers Club will begin the much-anticipated project next month. While the landmark building will not be relicensed as a hotel, it will instead be restored into a vibrant, multi-level hospitality venue focusing on food. The Imperial Hotel … Continue reading

Students have choice of either Bulli or Heathcote for secondary education

STUDENTS currently enrolled at Helensburgh Public School, and their siblings, will have the choice of enrolling either at Heathcote High School or Bulli High School. State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans acknowledged the unique context around the three schools, and met with the Minister for Education Sarah Mitchell to ensure families in his electorate weren’t … Continue reading

Residents urged to consider adopting a dog

NORTHERN Illawarra residents are being urged to realise the many benefits of dog ownership and adopt a rescue pooch in the lead up to International Dog Day. State MP for Heathcote Lee Evans (pictured) said August 26 was the perfect opportunity for local residents to welcome a new furry family member into their home by … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: Naked swimming in the Gong

Originally posted on Looking Back:
The Wollongong Men’s Baths 1910. A popular place for naked bathing. By MICK ROBERTS © MAYBE it’s our weather – the hot summers. The past time of skinny dipping, getting the clobber off, and bathing naked in the surf has persisted in the Illawarra since colonial times. During early settlement,…

Charges laid after Woonona and Bellambi police raids

SEVEN people have been charged as part of raids across the Illawarra, including at Woonona and Bellambi, as police continue investigations into alleged large-scale drug supply operations and criminal networks in the region. Strike Force Yuppara was established by detectives from Wollongong Police District to investigate the supply of prohibited drugs in the Illawarra region. … Continue reading

Closing Lawrence Hargrave Drive ‘not acceptable’ says Heathcote MP

THE consultation period for the closure of Lawrence Hargrave Drive to allow essential works has been extended, State MP for Heathcote, Lee Evans has announced. For the safety of motorists and workers, and to minimise disruption to residents, the Roads and Maritime Services intends closing the road in two stages each of four weeks, 24 hours … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The Bullocky and politics in the pub

Originally posted on Looking Back:
By MICK ROBERTS © A bullocky and his team passing the Clifton Inn early last century BREAKING the established rule of never discussing politics and religion at the bar can have dire consequences.  Some people learn the hard way, like Bulli bullocky James Robinson. Robinson was a new arrival to…

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