Woonona Bulli early service stations and garages

Down Memory Lane with Jack Devitt * AS motor vehicles became more numerous several garages began to appear in the Bulli Woonona area; with their hand operated petrol pumps, selling several brands such as Shell, Plume, Texaco, Union and a brand DPL a few pence per gallon cheaper on which my dad’s 1926 Superior K…

The old socialist who opened a Bulli fish shop

Pavel ‘Paul’ Yolkin came to live in Bulli with his partner Glad Polleski in 1923. After retiring, dusted from the Bulli colliery, Yolkin and Glad opened a fish shop on the highway opposite the Bulli Family Hotel. But it wasn’t his fish shop he was known for. He was known as a pioneer of the…

Along the South Coast: A jaunt to Bulli by motor

Australian Town and Country Journal Wednesday 15 November 1911 BY B. A. C. “THE South Coast of this State abounds in beauty spots, and though in a trip as far as Bulli only the fringe of Illawarra — truly called the garden of New South Wales — might be said to be touched upon, or…

Harry Caiger of Clifton

OBITUARY HARRY CAIGER South Coast Times Thursday 16 June 1949 WITH the death last Thursday of Mr. Harry Caiger, of 361 Main Road, Clifton, this district and particularly the northern section, has lost one who throughout his 50 years’ residence has given splendid public service and one whose place in the life of the community…

Blackberrying the Illawarra escarpment

ARMED with kerosene tins, protective clothing and old sugar bags, hundreds would head for the Illawarra escarpment during the months of January and February early last century for the annual blackberry harvest. Blackberry vines had become a troublesome pest, smothering the escarpment foothills and valleys late in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although a…

Woonona Public School became an emergency hospital during the 1919 ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic

MANY folk of the old Bulli Shire were eagerly awaiting their influenza inoculations in 1919. Between January-September 1919, pneumonic influenza, commonly known as the ‘Spanish Flu’, killed 6,387 people in New South Wales, infecting as many as 290,000 in Metropolitan Sydney alone. The Spanish flu infected 500 million people – about a third of the…

Meet the hostess of the Bulli Railway Guesthouse

THE tradition of hospitality continues within the historic walls of what is known today as the Resin Brewery at Bulli. The recently restored heritage building has evolved into a speciality brewery, offering delicious meals and entertainment. Originally built as the Bulli Railway Guest House, this rare image depicts Sarah Heard, who greeted her countless guests…

1965 National Service intake Bulli

By Phil Evans* The first National Service intake in 1965 included a number of Bulli 20-year-olds.  Four are shown in the photo taken at Kapooka (Wagga Wagga) in September 1965 at the completion of their 10 week basic training. They are Roy Woods, Brian Farrar, Ted Towers and Phil Evans. Each had attended Bulli High…