How the billy got its name

THE story goes that the humble “billy can” got its name from the goldfields. In the early days of the diggings in NSW and Victoria, the miners consumed considerable quantities of tinned foods. One particular brand of beef, in big round cans, was known as “Bully Beef”. When the meat had been taken from the…

Scarborough Wombarra Hall opening

At the official opening of the new Scarborough-Wombarra Hall last Saturday. In this photo Lin Wilson turns towards the camera as she presents a floral spray to Mrs. A. Squires. In the photograph, from left to right are Ald. A. Squires (deputy mayor), Mrs. Squires, Mr. S. Wearne and Mr. H. Sweeney, chairman. – South Coast Times…

Backyard aircraft engineer

A young man who built a “bi-plane” in his Wollongong backyard in the first half of the 1920s, gained national attention. His fame as an early aircraft engineer was shortlived, and by 1926 he had faded into history. Wollongong’s mystery aircraft builder was more than likely Alfred Adolphus Woolfrey, who died on October 21 1977…

Handing over the keys

Official handing over the Bulli Railway Station keys to the Black Diamond Heritage Centre, September 23 1990. From left: Lana Chilby (near door), Rita Roberts (Black Diamond Heritage Centre life member), Bulli Station Master, Tom Mumford and Sharon Crawford on the eastern or downside platform. Photo: Mick Roberts Collection.

George the Bulli shunter

When I was editor of the Northern News, a weekly free newspaper circulated in the northern suburbs of Wollongong, I often received correspondence in relation to the Bulli district’s history. Here’s a letter I received from Peggy Scatt from Woonona on February 28 1992: Dear Sir, Regarding your article in the Northern News, re: staff…

On the hills behind Woonona

From Woonona, Bulli, Clifton, and other South Coast towns, that are on the edge of the sea, one may turn westward and climb the South Coast Range. The coastal towns dot the plain that is between the hills and the Pacific. The narrow luxuriant strip is fringed with beautiful beaches. Our picture was taken from the heights…