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History: Looking Back

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Looking Back history feature: The Salvos come to Bulli

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? The Walker family home on Bulli Mountain. Back row: William Walker, Selina Walker nee Reeks with baby, Harold, Emma Hails nee Reeks.  Middle row: Charlie Walker, William Walker, Sarah Vey nee Salisbury, Jack Walker, Maria Reeks nee Salisbury with Jim, Ivy Hails Front row: Amy Walker , Ethel Walker…

Looking Back history feature: Riley’s wine saloon

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Riley’s Wine Saloon By MICK ROBERTS © AFTER last drinks were called at Thirroul’s Ryans Hotel, in the days of the “Six O’clock Swill”, swards of men would trudge down the road to Riley’s wine saloon. The wine bar, on the corner of The Esplanade and Lawrence Hargrave Drive, hit…

Looking Back history feature: Labor’s first Illawarra MP, John Nicholson

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Nicholson (third from left top row) was also a director of the first Bulli Hospital Board in 1892. Also pictured are A S Artis (Sitting bottom row third from left) whose formal objection to a shortage of ballot papers at Bulli, caused by an “error of judgement” by returning officer…

Looking Back history feature: The Bulli Rifle Range

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The Bulli Rifle Range in the 1940s By MICK ROBERTS© The 34th Battalion were regular users of the Bulli Rifle Range during the war year. The houses in the background are in Park Road. STRADDLING the banks of Slacky Creek, fronting ‘Sharkey Beach’ between Sandon and Waniora Points, the Bulli…

Looking Back History Feature: The Bulli Beach Park Estate

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By MICK ROBERTS © A South Coast Times advertisement for Floyd’s Estate at Bulli Beach in 1913 WANIORA Point, the parkland fronting Bulli Beach was for the early part of last century known locally as Point Peter or Floyd’s Point. Peter Floyd, son of Bulli publican and butcher Jack Floyd,…

Looking Back History Feature: The Hardie Girls (and boys)

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The Hardie girls (and boys): Edith Robinson (left) and Elaine Broadhead with former employees of Hardies Rubber factory. The site is now the Thirroul Plaza Shopping Plaza in 2003. By MICK ROBERTS © The “girls” working inside Hardie Rubber Factory 1949 ALTHOUGH it is difficult to imagine today, Thirroul was once…

Looking Back History Feature: The Father of Bulli

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Henry Fry’s general store, Bulli. The shop was located about opposite Hobart Street on the Princes Highway. By MICK ROBERTS © Henry Fry: The Father of Bulli. OFTEN referred to as the “Father of Bulli”, Henry Strange Fry can be credited with laying the foundations of a farming community that…

Looking Back history feature: Naked swimming in the Gong

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The Wollongong Men’s Baths 1910. A popular place for naked bathing. By MICK ROBERTS © MAYBE it’s our weather – the hot summers. The past time of skinny dipping, getting the clobber off, and bathing naked in the surf has persisted in the Illawarra since colonial times. During early settlement,…

Looking Back history feature: The Bullocky and politics in the pub

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By MICK ROBERTS © A bullocky and his team passing the Clifton Inn early last century BREAKING the established rule of never discussing politics and religion at the bar can have dire consequences.  Some people learn the hard way, like Bulli bullocky James Robinson. Robinson was a new arrival to…

Looking Back history feature: The man who sold Sandon Point

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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…

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