Sue’s ‘gifted childhood’ at the Bulli Beach Kiosk

Bulli Beach Kiosk C1950

The Bulli Beach Kiosk C1950.

Born on the kitchen floor of the Bulli Beach Kiosk, Sue Edwards said she had a “gifted childhood” growing up in the landmark weatherboard building on Waniora Point..

Sue’s parents Beryl and Thomas Edwards had the Bulli Beach Kiosk from about 1951 to 1968.

“We left in 1968 and moved to Thirroul just in time for the bush fires,” Beryl said.

Sue sent us a couple of interesting photographs of her mum Beryl, her auntie (Beryl’s sister) Gloria, and her uncle John (Beryl’s brother).

siblings Gloria Beryl and John Robertson of Colemans Lane Bulli

The Robertson siblings: John, Beryl and Gloria, of Colemans Lane, Bulli. Picture: Sue Edwards

The Robertson family lived in Coleman’s Lane Bulli.

“This is my mum Beryl in the middle, her sister Gloria and her brother John. They lived in Coleman’s Lane, Bulli,” she said.

“Mum married dad Thomas Edwards, while Aunty Gloria married Stan Masters.”

Sue told the tragic story of the death of her uncle John in 1950.

“Uncle John Robertson rode a bike and come off on Bulli Pass and broke his elbow,” she said.

“He was taken to Bulli hospital but refused to have a procedure to fix his elbow until my pop drove to Bathurst to pick up nan and bring her back. She saw him and they took him off to theatre and he never come back.

“He died from complications with the anaesthetic. He was 21.”

Sue also sent me a terrific photo of herself and her best friend of the time, Bev Quinn, whose family ran Cole’s funeral parlour on the Prince’s Highway at Bulli. The photo shows Sue and Bev at the Wollongong Show in about 1964.

Sue Edwards and Bev Quinn Wollongong Show C1964

Sue Edwards and Bev Quinn at the 1964 Wollongong Show. Picture: Sue Edwards

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