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…

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. – South Coast…

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…

Dunboyne Private Hospital, Woonona

THE former Nurse Jarrett’s Maternity Hospital, Old Dunboyne, 13 High Street, Woonona. Nurse Mary Jarrett was a well known and highly respected midwife in Woonona. She like Nurse Cram, who ran a private hospital on the Princes Highway where the Mines Rescue Station is located, and Nurse Hobbs, whose hospital was located behind the old…

Woonona’s 1949 beach girl

Woonona’s Marjorie Jones, which the Sydney Daily Telegraph described as being 18 years of age, was 5 feet 6 inches tall, had a bust of 33 inches, a waist of 25 inch, hips 33 inches and weighing 8 stone 12 pounds, was a brunette, with brown eyes. She was one of the newspapers “Beach Girls of…

Illawarra Surf Life Saving identities

Officials and delegates of the South Coast Branch of the Surf Life Saving Club of NSW Front row (left to right): G. Roebuck, W. Weber (Corrimal), A. Brown (Kiama), J. Mawson (Helensburgh and Stanwell Park), O. H. Peterson (Thirroul), E. Peterson (North Wollongong), R. Cairns (Woonona), M. Bourke (registrar, S.L.S.A.). Second Row: T. Halpin (president,…

Modern hospital serves the district

Bulli and Woonona citizens can well feel proud that they have one of the most modern hospitals in the State. It is capably controlled by a Board of directors led by the president, Mr. G. Hughes and secretary, Mr. C. R. Veigel. The early history of the Bulli Hospital is very interesting. To say the…

Tall tale of the lost fish

“THE TALL TALE OF THE LOST FISH” — Anglers exchange sympathy on Bulli Beach. This photograph by E. C. Steed, “Trentham”, Long Street, South Strathfield, won the first prize of £2 and 2 shillings in a Sydney Daily Telegraph weekly amateurs’ photography  competition. The photograph was published in the Telegraph on Friday 22 July 1927.

Bulli Beach Fatality

CORONIAL INQUIRY The deputy Coroner (Mr. J. Kirby J.P.) resumed the adjourned inquiry into the death of William Henry Palmer, who was drowned off Bulli Beach on Jan. 29th. The inquiry was held at Bulli on Wednesday. David Scott and John Johnstone gave evidence to the effect that they saw Palmer throw up his arms…

A visit to Helensburgh & South Bulli Pits

AS part of the 1929/30 Royal Commission into the Australian coal industry (Davidson Commission) an official party visited Helensburgh and South Bulli Collieries (Bellambi) in June 1929. The slideshow pictures shows the official party visiting Helensburgh and Bellambi. The Sydney Daily Telegraph reported June 12 1929: CAN COAL COMMISSION SOLVE OUR “BLACK” PROBLEM ? IT WILL…