History: Looking Back

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Looking Back history feature: Wollongong cop & the last bushranger

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This studio shot of the police who captured Captain Moonlight, includes Constable Alexander Barry, 34. By MICK ROBERTS © Captain Moonlite IT’S not widely known that a Wollongong born cop was involved in the capture of the notorious Australian bushranger Captain Moonlite. A real unsung hero, Constable Alexander Barry has…

Looking Back history feature: The Price of Identity

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The officially opening of the Bulli Woonona War Memorial 1924 By MICK ROBERTS © I BELIEVE he would have been there for sure – not in the official party, or as a dignitary, but more likely standing to the back, watching as the Bulli Woonona War Memorial was unveiled in…

Looking Back history feature: The Bulli Royal Theatre

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The Royal Theatre, Bulli 1930 ON the corner of Hopetoun Street and the Princes Highway, where Bulli meets Woonona, is a large building that currently trades as a gymnasium exclusively for women. The building originally opened as the Royal Theatre in 1924. The silent film, lilies of the film, was…

Looking Back history feature: A week’s holiday in Bulli – for £3!

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The spectacular views from Sublime Point 1906 NOW that the holidays are close upon us,it becomes a very important question where to spend them, and as New South Wales offers so many places of interest, one is somewhat puzzled. I consider that the most suitable place for a month’s holiday is Bulli, which is a…

Looking Back history feature: The rise & fall of the billiard saloons

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By MICK ROBERTS © Tom Richards (right) of Thirroul playing billiards in the Thirroul saloon about 1925. RELIGIOUSLY every Saturday a steady stream of men crossed backwards and forwards from the bar of the Bulli Family Hotel to the billiard saloon opposite. They were not playing billiards, or even having a…

Looking Back history feature: Rain, rain go away… Bulli Show

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By MICK ROBERTS. The rural feel of the 1957 Bulli Show ALTHOUGH Bulli Show Society president Les Strachan didn’t mind a thunderstorm dumping rain on the inaugural Bulli Show he may have had a differing view if he knew it was to set precedence for half a century. His society…

Looking Back history feature: The North Gong Pub

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By MICK ROBERTS. Royal Victoria Hotel. Inset: Theodore Bode ALTHOUGH the North Wollongong Hotel has changed considerably in appearance since German immigrant, Theodore Bode opened his little wayside inn on the site in 1878, its principal purpose of providing hospitality remains unchanged. Now a favourite haunt of university students, the North…

Looking Back history feature: Australian Nationality and Mrs Hunter

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Sergeant Norman H. Hunter Lieutenant Reginald Hunter WHILE staying for a holiday at Thirroul in 1917, Ena Hunter, of Sydney, attended a local political meeting to rally support for Labor candidate Billy Davies, for the coming state election. The mother of two, who had lost a 19-year-old son, Sergeant Norman…

Looking Back history feature: The Domain stump orator

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A children’s temperance demonstration at Circular Quay, Sydney 1894 By MICK ROBERTS © THEY travelled the country preaching the evils of drink; colourful characters with the gift of the gab and often with a tale of their remarkable transformation from drunkard to teetotaller – they were the temperance lecturers. Larger…

Looking Back history feature: Slacky Flat’s unemployed village

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Humpies like this were dotted around Slacky Flat from the depression years of the 1930s [Note: This image is not at Bulli]. THE depression years of the 1930s resulted in over 100 adults and children developing a makeshift village on the area now known as Slacky Flat at Bulli. The…

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