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…

Woonona Public School became an emergency hospital during the 1919 ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic

MANY folk of the old Bulli Shire were eagerly awaiting their influenza inoculations in 1919. Between January-September 1919, pneumonic influenza, commonly known as the ‘Spanish Flu’, killed 6,387 people in New South Wales, infecting as many as 290,000 in Metropolitan Sydney alone. The Spanish flu infected 500 million people – about a third of the…

Meet the hostess of the Bulli Railway Guesthouse

THE tradition of hospitality continues within the historic walls of what is known today as the Resin Brewery at Bulli. The recently restored heritage building has evolved into a speciality brewery, offering delicious meals and entertainment. Originally built as the Bulli Railway Guest House, this rare image depicts Sarah Heard, who greeted her countless guests…

1965 National Service intake Bulli

By Phil Evans* The first National Service intake in 1965 included a number of Bulli 20-year-olds.  Four are shown in the photo taken at Kapooka (Wagga Wagga) in September 1965 at the completion of their 10 week basic training. They are Roy Woods, Brian Farrar, Ted Towers and Phil Evans. Each had attended Bulli High…

Picturesque Thirroul: 1909 Subdivision of Wrexham Estate

One of the most charming spots in beautiful Illawarra, and one which is finding ever-increasing favour, is the picturesquely-situated township of Thirroul. As a seaside resort it cannot be excelled. Consequently a good deal of interest attaches to the forthcoming auction sale of Mr. George McCauley’s Wrexham Estate on Monday, October 4 (Eight hour Day).…

Bulli’s Hillside Private Hospital and Nurse Margaret Taylor

JUST how many local babies were brought into the world from Nurse Taylor’s purposely built ‘Hillside Private Hospital’ at Bulli will probably never been known. There would have been hundreds. One, I know, was my late uncle, James ‘Bing’ Orvad. While Nurse Taylor’s beautiful weatherboard cottage remains as a testimony to her dedication towards the…

The escarpment swaggies: ‘Bandy’ Sam, ‘Dumby’ Henderson, and Bernard the German

NOT even a reigning monarch could shift old Bandy Sam from his bush humpy at Slacky Flat, Bulli. Although authorities were eventually successful in clearing the shanty town of unemployed men and low income families from the blackberry and weed infested flat named after the coal waste that had been progressively washed down from the…