History: Looking Back

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Looking Back history feature: Stanwell Park viaduct marks its centenary – A tribute in pictures

Passenger trains began travelling the magnificent engineering feat known as the Stanwell Park Viaduct in October 1920 when the rail deviation between Otford and Coalcliff was opened to traffic. See a pictorial slide show at the Looking Back website paying tribute to the centenary of the viaduct. Can you help by making a small donation?

Looking Back history feature: The Garie ‘gold rush’

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Hanley’s Centennial Hotel, Helensburgh, 1925. Picture: Noel Butlin Archives, Australian National University. By MICK ROBERTS © Mick and son, Peter Hanley at the bar of the Cabbage Tree Hotel, Fairy Meadow in 2003. Picture: Mick Roberts Collection A FORMER police officer, and one time host of the Cabbage Tree Hotel…

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

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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…

Looking Back history feature: Take a shopping trip down memory lane

Originally posted on Looking Back:
During the 1990s I photographed quite a few business places in Woonona shopping centre. While the quality of the photographs are not the best, they will undoubtedly bring back many memories to some readers, of a time when Woonona boasted several banks, a selection of eateries and supermarkets. Sit back…

Looking Back history feature: The registered club movement in the Illawarra

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? Helensburgh Workmen’s Club, C1898. Picture: Wollongong University Archives By MICK ROBERTS ©  REGISTERED clubs, with their assortment of restaurants, cafes, gymnasiums, and ‘mini-casinos’, have come along way from the timber cottages, offering dominoes and newspaper libraries, that first appeared throughout colonial New South Wales during the 1890s. Prior to…

Looking Back history feature: Elizabeth, the Thirroul convict woman

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THE Thirroul district is said to have been cleared of scrub and timber by women convicts. This statement does not sound so fantastic when we read that Bungaribee, near Penrith, was built of bricks hauled in handcarts by women convicts from Sydney. The camp was at or near the present…

Looking Back history feature: The flash Irish publican and cabman

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The Fermanagh Hotel when it was known as the Kiama Hotel in 1880 (circled). By MICK ROBERTS © DESCRIBED as a “flash looking little cab driver”, Irishman Jimmy Barton and his wife Elizabeth established what is today considered Kiama’s oldest operating business. Trading as the Kiama Hotel on the corner of…

Looking Back history feature: The Kennedy Brothers and their attempt at ‘respectability’

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Market Square Wollongong, showing the Governor Bourke Hotel (far left, circled),the two storey Queens Hotel, and, far right, The Wollongong Hotel, in the early 1850s By MICK ROBERTS © THE Kennedy brothers’ attempts at respectability in Australia seemed to have started off on the right foot. The three Irishmen, Hugh, John…

Looking Back history feature: A story of war, love and two mining towns

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James Budden (left) in Egypt 1916 during the Great War By MICK ROBERTS © The Corrimal Uniting Church honour roll has revealed a tragic love story that spanned the globe. AN HONOUR roll in Corrimal Uniting Church – not unlike memorials in community halls around the world – has revealed a…

Looking Back history feature: Constable recorded names of Bulli disaster victims

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An artist impression of the Bulli engine shed, at the corner of today’s Hobart Street and the Prince’s Highway, where the bodies of the victims of the Bulli Colliery explosion were prepared for burial. This picture shows Constable Richard Trevillian recording the unfortunate men’s names. Sergeant “Dick” Trevillian POLICE officer…

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