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 1128 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

Corrimal woman faces arson charges

A CORRIMAL woman is before the courts following an investigation into alleged multiple bushfires earlier this year. Detectives from the Financial Crime Squad’s Arson Unit established Strike Force Brittliffe to investigate eight bushfires that police suspect were deliberately lit throughout the Wollongong area in April 2019. Between 1am and 2.30am on Monday April 29, NSW … Continue reading

Bulli filmaker shoots for the stars

BULLI filmmaker, Ella Gibbons is taking part in a bootcamp at the Sydney Startup Hub this week, competing for a spot in the finals of the 2019 Jobs for NSW Regional Pitchfest, with $20,000 in cash and prizes on offer. The three-day bootcamp will put 11 ‘startups’ through a range of business development workshops and … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: The man who sold Sandon Point

Originally posted on Looking Back:
By MICK ROBERTS © Henry Cotterell out on the job JUST what Bulli pioneer real estate agent Henry Cotterell would have thought of land prices at Sandon Point today is difficult to imagine. Cotterell, known as “Cottie” to friends, was one time editor of the Bulli Times newspaper, but more…

Bulli Tops cliff rescue

A MAN has been rescued after he fell from a cliff at Bulli Tops tonight. Wollongong SES assisted NSW Police Force Illawarra Rescue Squad at Panorama House after reports that a man was heard calling for help. With the assistance of Wollongong SES, Polair, NSW Ambulance, RFS and Toll Rescue Helicopter the man was found about 20m below … Continue reading

Mount Ousley Road traffic diverted down Bulli Pass this Sunday night

MOTORISTS travelling between Bulli Tops and Wollongong will be detoured onto Bulli Pass for the next two Sunday nights. Transport for NSW advise motorists are advised of upcoming road closures on the M1 Princes Motorway (Mount Ousley Road) and Picton Road for maintenance work. The M1 will be closed between Bulli Tops and Memorial Drive, … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: Beef and Beer Barons

Originally posted on Looking Back:
The Bulli butcher shop when John Williams operated it. The dwelling to the left was the original home of the Floyd family. The house was demolished to make way for the current butcher shop at the corner of Park Road and the Princes Highway. The old butcher shop (centre) is…

Outboard motor returned to Scarborough Wombarra Surf Club

SCARBOROUGH Wombarra Surf Club’s outboard motor has been returned after Wollongong Police believes it smashed an organised crime operation. Police believe they have broken the crime syndicate, made-up of about three or four people, after a haul of tens of thousands of dollars in stolen goods, including power tools and life saving equipment from storage … Continue reading

Coledale man missing for over decade

AS part of this year’s Missing Persons Week, police are renewing their appeal to locate a man who went missing from Coledale more than 11 years ago. Robert Neville, also known as Bobby, was 30-years-old when he returned to his family home in Coledale on September 29 2008 after a visit to Western Australia. The … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: On the buses

Originally posted on Looking Back:
A Hills double decker, travelling north along the Princes Highway at Old Bulli By MICK ROBERTS © BUS transport to and from Wollongong has been readily accessible to Illawarra’s northern suburbs since early last century. Jumping on a bus for a bit of shopping in Wollongong, to pay a few…

Looking Back history feature: The Boy Cope

Originally posted on Looking Back:
The scene at the pit top, Bulli Colliery, March 23 1887. Photo: Mick Roberts collection. By MICK ROBERTS © Herbert Cope, 17, one of the few survivors of the 1887 Bulli Colliery Explosion. Photo: Mick Roberts collection. ONE of the few survivors of the 1887 Bulli mine disaster lived to…

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