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 1264 posts for The Bulli & Clifton Times

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

Looking Back history feature: The Chamberlains and the Bulli jetty

Originally posted on Looking Back:
The Bulli Jetty after a section fell into the sea in 1907 By MICK ROBERTS © Updated January 2020 George Chamberlain 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…

Motorway road work at Helensburgh next week

MOTORISTS are advised of changed traffic conditions from next week on Princes Motorway at Helensburgh. Single lane closures will be in place on the southbound lanes for one kilometre north of the Princes Highway off ramp at Helensburgh for road resurfacing from Monday January 13 to Wednesday January 22. Work will be carried out between … Continue reading

Free green waste drop-off at ‘Burgh, Scarborough and Corrimal this weekend

WHILE the Illlawarra area has been spared of bushfires this summer, the threat remains real, and authorities advise now is a good time to clear your property of fallen leaves, twigs and debris ahead of Friday’s soaring temperatures. To assist residents with cleaning their properties of bushfire fuel, Wollongong City Council is providing free green … Continue reading

Public warned not to enter Bellambi Lagoon due to health risk

LOW water levels and warmer water temperatures are behind the recent number of dead fish in Bellambi Lagoon an investigation has found. NSW Health and Sydney Water has confirmed that the fish kill was not related to sewerage contamination. However, while the water levels and quality are low, and drought conditions persist, Wollongong City Council … Continue reading

Total fire ban in place across the Illawarra today

Authorities warn that Saturday January 4 2020 has an extreme bushfire danger. There is a total fire ban in force in the Illawarra region

Total fire ban across NSW tomorrow as Premier declares state of emergency

The NSW Government has declared a third State of Emergency ahead of worsening fire conditions predicted for Saturday. A total fire ban is in place across the whole of the state tomorrow (Friday January 3). The Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons wrote to Premier Gladys Berejiklian requesting she declare a State of Emergency under … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: Lysaght and the reformed drunkard

Originally posted on Looking Back:
Lysaght’s inn, Fairy Meadow, the Illawarra’s first licensed pub north of Wollongong. This picture was taken shortly before its demolition to make was for Wollongong High School in the 1960s. By MICK ROBERTS © WELL over six feet tall and solidly built, Andrew Lysaght was an imposing and influential Illawarra pioneer.…

Police charge man with murder following Woonona stabbing death

  A MAN has been charged with murder after a woman was allegedly stabbed to death on New Year’s Day at Woonona. Just after midnight on Wednesday January 1, Wollongong police stopped a vehicle on Nicholson Road, Woonona, for a random breath test. The vehicle drove off as police approached and collided with a guard … Continue reading

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