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…

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.

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 was discharged…

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…