An illicit still at Coledale

FRANK Valbusa (45) was charged with having an illicit still on his premises at Coledale on March 23rd, also with having illicit spirit in his possession. Mr. C. L. Quirilivan, prosecuted on behalf of the Customs Department. Defendant pleaded guilty. George S. Bradley, Custom’s Inspector, stated about 9 p.m. he and the police searched defendant’s…

Clifton pub up for sale

CLIFTON’S landmark historic hotel, The Imperial will be auctioned by owner WIN Corporation. The pub ceased trading in November 2003 due to a lack of passing trade when Lawrence Hargrave Drive was closed after a landslide. Sea Cliff Bridge opened two years later, but it came too late for the pub, which has remained empty…

A working man’s club

By MICK ROBERTS © ALTHOUGH Helensburgh Tradies Club began operating on shaky grounds, and has relocated to a new site, it has survived to become the Illawarra’s oldest operating registered club. Born from a dispute with the town’s two publicans over beer prices, the Helensburgh and Lilyvale Workmen’s Club was established by a group of…

Newnham Brothers

By MICK ROBERTS © THE Newnhams were linked to arguably Australia’s most famous brewery, so a drunken church warden making a scene at one of the three brewers’ funeral in 1862, was a likely epitaph to their largely untold story. Teenager brothers Charles and Nicholas, with their cousin William, arrived in Sydney Town from London…

Heathorne the Jamberoo brewer

By MICK ROBERTS © WHEN 52-year-old Henry Heathorne arrived alone in Sydney from Portsmouth on the ship Candahar in the winter of 1842, he had a tough job in front of him. Heathorne, a Kent brewer, had been called upon by the owner of the Woodstock Mills at Jamberoo, HW Hart, to rescue his ailing business…