Mick Roberts
Sydney NSW Australia

Bio: A newspaper journalist, writer and local historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides authoring a number of history books, Mick has owned and operated several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and is now with Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.

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  1. Hello Mick I have seen one of your pictures ofMolley’s Bulli Sawmill workers from 1920s do you have anu idea who the men are please .
    My grandfather worked and lived up that way in the timber industry


  2. Mick – loved the Copper Derby article. Bud Norton was my grandfather and I’ve heard plenty about the derby prior to reading your article.

    Is your Pub Book still available, and does it mention the Royal Hotel @Woonona?



    • Hi Jeremy. The book is still available, but does not include the Royal at Woonona. I’m working on republishing my first pub book, which includes the Woonona hotel. Would love to include a picture of Bud Norton. Do you have a photo of him?


  3. Hi Mick, your article ‘Tom’s Tall Tales From Box Seat’ concerns my great, great grandfather Thomas Kelly. Would you mind if I added it verbatim to my Ancestry.com account. Thanks in advance Debbie


  4. Hello Mick
    A quick question if I may please. I’ve seen and read some of your work, especially the local history writings.
    I’m in the process of colourising some photos of the Centennial Hotel in Helensburgh. To the best of your knowledge, what were the common colours used in the painting of these building around 1920-ish on-wards?
    Thanks. Any help would be appreciated.


    • Hi Ian.
      Would love to see some of your work when completed.
      India red was quite a common colour to paint buildings around this time.
      Another method was to paint the bottom half of the lower section of two storey buildings a dark colour (such as Indian Red) and the remainder of a lighter cream or pastal colour. The darker section (closer to the road) was to minimise dirt stains, as many of the roads were still unsealed at this time.
      I hope this helps a little.


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