Bulli’s Hillside Private Hospital and Nurse Margaret Taylor

JUST how many local babies were brought into the world from Nurse Taylor’s purposely built ‘Hillside Private Hospital’ at Bulli will probably never been known. There would have been hundreds. One, I know, was my late uncle, James ‘Bing’ Orvad. While Nurse Taylor’s beautiful weatherboard cottage remains as a testimony to her dedication towards the…

The escarpment swaggies: ‘Bandy’ Sam, ‘Dumby’ Henderson, and Bernard the German

NOT even a reigning monarch could shift old Bandy Sam from his bush humpy at Slacky Flat, Bulli. Although authorities were eventually successful in clearing the shanty town of unemployed men and low income families from the blackberry and weed infested flat named after the coal waste that had been progressively washed down from the…

Improving the Lower South Coast Road in 1926

The following photographs of improvements works to what was known as The Lower South Coast Road around Coledale and Stanwell Park were published in the Newcastle Sun on September 10 1926. The Bulli Shire Council later rename the Lower South Coast Road, ‘Lawrence Hargrave Drive’ in honour of Australia’s Father of Aviation in 1946. Would you…

Woonona Bulli barbers and hairdressers: The mysterious Fred Williamson

NOTHING remains of Fred Williamson’s hairdressing salon at Bulli today. Where his barber shop sat, Memorial Drive spews a seemingly endless flow of vehicles onto a congested Prince’s Highway, opposite Hospital Road. Eric Francis “Fred” Williamson was operating a hairdresser or barber shop in front of Pritchard’s Music Hall at Woonona as early as 1906.…

Austinmer Surf Club Championships 1937

AUSTINMER SURF CLUB (By Dumper) WITH seven firsts, three seconds and three thirds to our credit we are very satisfied with our carnival last Saturday from a competitive point of view. It is very hard to single out any particular one for special mention except George Luck (top picture, on the extreme left) whose swim…