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,

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Regarding your article in the Northern News, re: staff at Bulli Station.

My late husband, George Mervyn Scatt was a shunter at Bulli Station in 1941. He used to ride his bicycle to Bulli crossing and shunt the coal trucks there. He was riding back to Bulli Station one night in the blackout and was hit by a taxi – He was off work for three weeks or more.

I think he worked there for two years or more, and then he went to Port Kembla. He worked for 20 years on the railway and retired as Assistant Station Master at Woonona.

I am enclosing a photo of him in his uniform, if it will be of any use to you, you may keep it. I also have his union stamp book and some old pay dockets you can use them [sic]. He passed all his exams in the Railway Ambulance Corps, and I have his medals which I would not part with.

Peggy Scatt, Russell Street, Woonona

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