Corrimal’s first police officer

CORRIMAL’S first police officer was an Englishman, Jacob Willmott who as a younger man joined the Royal Marines and saw service on warships, before making his way to Australia where he would join the NSW Police Force in 1887. The later years of his naval career were spent with the H.M.S Miranda on the Australian…

Lovely child’s appalling leap

Madge Hope, the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Hope, of Campbell street, Woonona, threw herself off the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the morning of Wednesday November 8 1933. The teenager survived to tell the tale, with reports saying that her large dress had saved her life. Madge was said to have had “a…

Life was more than a pipe dream

This fantastic historic image is from a newspaper clipping taken from a scrap book that was given to me many years ago by an old Woonona identity. It is undated, but I would guess it was snapped early last century. The caption reads: “AN early camera man, with an eye for the unusual, used these…

Coalcliff clipper, Laurie Richardson

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Austinmer Beach 1925

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The Mants of Bulli

Linda Vugrek writes: “I send through photos for your collection, found in my workplace [Mants Glass] archive. Not too sure if they were gifted to use in our 100 years celebrations (40 yrs ago), however, thought you’d like to share.” Click on the individual images for full view. Would you like to make a small…

Teddy Johnston of Woonona

Cake for blind boy The two girls also gave Teddy Johnston jazz caps, trumpets, nuts, sweets and balloons. The gifts will enable Teddy to entertain about 30 friends at a Christmas party. The boy, who lives at Woonona, near Bulli, has been slowly going blind. Eight months ago he started to take epileptic fits. He…

Miss Illawarra Quest 1942

IS your grandma or mother among these six 1942 beauties? The Miss Illawarra Quest was held during the war years and received a record number of entries in 1942. The winner of the quest, organised by the charity group, 10,000 Brigade, was decided by a popular vote. It cost a penny to vote, with proceeds…

1952 Premiers: Norths Bulldogs

ILLAWARRA RUGBY LEAGUE PREMIERS Northern Suburbs 1952 First Grade Illawarra Rugby League Premiers BACK ROW: B. Fotheringham, K. Smith, G. Jardine, R. Lawrence, Brian Hunt, D. O’Connell. FRONT ROW: B. Nelson, J. Russell, N. Rees, R. Currie (capt.), K. Dell? (Dellaca?), M. Ryan, W. Collins, Mr. Chad De Cloutte (Manager). (Ball Boy) Barry De Clouett.…

Corrimal man stowed-away in Australia-bound ship

Stranded in London, Corrimal man, Alfred Lawrence hid in the bunkers of an Australia-bound ship in an anxious effort to find his way home. Alfred, aged 20, stowed away on the SS Raranga on April 23 1947, hiding in the ship’s bunkers for two days before giving himself up to the crew. The young Corrimal…

Bulli Woonona Sports Club

Police raids, seized pokies and SP bookie arrests By MICK ROBERTS © UNREGISTERED sporting clubs were scattered throughout the Illawarra last century; places where working class men gathered to socialise over a game of billiards or snooker, table games such as cards and dice, and to have a flutter on the pokies. The clubs, although…