History: Looking Back

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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…

Looking Back history feature: Bulli’s sacred sporting turf

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Slacky Flat sporting complex at Bulli in the 1990s. By MICK ROBERTS © Thirroul Cricket team on Slacky Flat 1908. ARGUABLY Woonona Bulli can boast of two sacred sporting grounds. I know some may disagree, with Nicholson Park at Woonona, and the picturesque soccer grounds of Bulli Park also in…

Looking Back history feature: Tom’s tall tales from the box seat

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By MICK ROBERTS © ALTHOUGH supposedly handy with the whip, the real story of Thomas Kelly’s career as a coachman is littered with incidents of erratic driving, and accidents, which in the end left him a cripple. The son of an Irish convict, Tom is arguably second only to the…

Looking Back history feature: Wollongong publican’s gruesome and violent end

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Sam Russell’s Wollongong hotel from “Sketches of Australian Scenes” by J.G. Sawkins; The Royal Marine Hotel later bacame part of St Mary’s Convent. The original temporary St Michael’s Church of England (built 1847, demolished 1857) is at the left and in the foreground is the lagoon which for many years…

Looking Back history feature: Town bands – How music bound the coal mining communities of northern Illawarra

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The Bulli Town Band early last century. Picture: Supplied By MICK ROBERTS © Eighty-five-year-old Doug Davies (in 2005) with the cornet he used in the 1933 Corrimal Town Band. Picture: Mick Roberts AS A young man, during the 1930s, Doug Davies would don his uniform, polish his shoes, and tuck…

Looking Back history feature: Bulli Mountain’s Cataract City

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Cataract City 1905 By MICK ROBERTS © Cataract City’s main street 1905 WORK on constructing the Cataract Dam, 10kms west of Bulli, was well underway to supply water to a thirsty Sydney in 1905. A temporary township, with a daily garbage collection service and environmental safeguards well ahead of its…

Looking Back history feature: Women & Unionism

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An artists impression of the blockade at Bulli in 1887 By MICK ROBERTS © THE wives, and mothers and daughters of the Illawarra’s coal miners became powerful voices in the great industrial union movements of the late 19th century. They rallied behind their men folk with unbound enthusiasm showing overwhelming support…

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