Take a 1905 slide show tour of North Bulli Colliery at Coledale

The Sydney Mail and New South Wales Advertiser newspaper sent a “special reporter” to Coledale to capture this fantastic imagery of the escarpment coal mine, which was published on Wednesday February 1 1905. Coledale’s first coal mine was opened in 1889 but was abandoned because of problems with underground water. This mine was redeveloped as…

How Green’s Pinch on Bulli Pass got its name

EVER wondered how Green Pinch on Bulli Pass got its name? It was named after William B. Green, who lived there from about 1886 to 1906. With his family, he called ‘The Pass’ home for about 20 years before retiring to Thirroul, where he died in 1926 at the age of 83. William Green was…

Bulli Constable Sam Keys

OBITUARY SEN. CONSTABLE S. KEYS Senior Constable Samuel Keys, of Bulli Police Station, died suddenly at his residence, in Stokes lane, Bulli, on Monday morning, an hour after he had finished duty. Born in 1893 at Drumbulkin, County Mainer, Northern Ireland, he came to Australia in 1912. Prior to coming to Australia he was a…

Bill Christiansen and Ed Ball helped fill the lagoons at Thirroul

ONE of nine children – eight brothers and a sister – William John Christiansen was a well-known Woonona ‘grease-monkey’. He loved tinkering with engines, and before regulations were put place, operated one of the northern Illawarra’s earliest public bus services between Austinmer and Wollongong. Born in Woonona to Charles and Mary Christainsen in 1899, he…

Wild Australia show entertains crowds at Balls Paddock, Woonona

Thorpe McConville brought his “Wild Australia” rodeo-circus to Ball’s Paddock, Woonona at least three times during the 1930s. The show would have attracted many locals who fancied themselves as horsemen, and who were given an opportunity to win £10 to stay in the saddle of McConville’s bucking horses and bullocks for at least 30 seconds.…

Bulli’s bugle playing alderman, Albert Southern

ALBERT Southern was one of Bulli’s favourite sons. He played an active part in the industrial, political, business and civic life of the northern Illawarra for almost 40 years last century, and was held in the highest esteem by the community. Albert served with distinction on the Bulli Shire Council for six years, first elected…