History: Looking Back

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Looking Back history feature: The Blue Hole Surf Club

Originally posted on Looking Back:
In the 1940s a surf club was formed at Era with their rescue boat christianed after the original Blue Hole boat. The members of the surf club included Peter Howe (front left) and Tony Piccinelli (front right). By MICK ROBERTS © HIDDEN, secretly perched overlooking the ocean in the Royal National Park,…

Looking Back history feature: The Uptons and fishing ‘The Cataract’

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Jack Upton at The Cataract in the 1940s. By MICK ROBERTS © FISHING The Cataract has been illegal for over a century but try telling that to the Upton family. Since the first Upton ventured into the district the family has built a proud heritage and tradition of fishing the rivers…

Looking Back history feature: The Chamberlains and the Bulli jetty

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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…

Looking Back history feature: Lysaght and the reformed drunkard

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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.…

Looking Back history feature: The wild men of 22 Mile Camp

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Navvies working on the Illawarra railway near Helensburgh By MICK ROBERTS © Grog shanties like this sprung-up in secluded bushland along the Illawarra railway works during the 1880s. AMERICA’S Wild West could be considered tame compared to the wilderness separating Sydney from Illawarra’s far northern coal mining villages during the mid to…

Looking Back history feature: James Cram, ‘The Father of Balgownie’

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Mt Pleasant Colliery, where James Cram worked as under manager. By MICK ROBERTS © James Cram: The Father of Balgownie Coal dust was said to be in James Cram’s blood. The larger than life pioneer was more than qualified to hold the title of Father of Balgownie – a village…

Looking Back history feature: Turf problems delayed roll-up at Corrimal

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Corrimal Bowling Club members played against Woonona in their first inter-club match at Corrimal in 1907. The bowlers are pictured on the green in front of the club house, with the tennis courts to the rear. Third from left is pictured Woonona president John Kirton and inset is Corrimal’s first…

Looking Back history feature: Pioneer bushman: Ben Rixon

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By MICK ROBERTS © Benjamin Rixon A POST office was established at Wollongong in 1832 enabling the people of the Illawarra for the first time to have communication with the outside world. Delivering the all important mail between Wollongong and Sydney is a tale of bushrangers, floods, fires and romance. The…

New book reveals the colourful tales of Bellambi and Bulli pubs

THE barmaids serving-up the beer in what is today’s Heritage Hotel at Bulli must have looked on in sheer horror as thousands of thirsty drinkers began filling the public bar on Christmas Eve 1940. To help celebrate the 130th anniversaries of the Heritage Hotel, Bulli and the Bellambi Hotel, Bellambi, ‘Time Gents’ presents the history … Continue reading

Looking Back history feature: Bushland reclaims Bulli’s lost ‘Pit Town’

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BULLI Pit Town (pictured about 1885 above) was located on the first escarpment bench, to the north of the original Bulli Coal Mine portals and workings. The town was located on the southern side of a creek, and consisted of about 16 or so cottages for the miners working at…

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