Woonona Bulli and the World War II British Pacific Fleet

By Phil Evans * A LITTLE known aspect of the Pacific War was the role that Bulli Woonona residents played in the welcoming of sailors from the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) in 1945. The British Pacific Fleet arrived in Australia on 4 February 1945; it comprised two battleships, four fleet carriers, three cruisers and accompanying…

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…