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…

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…

Scarborough house moves two feet closer to cliff edge

A CURIOUS story was before a Bulli Shire Council meeting in 1934, when Mrs Harris, of Goodrich Street, Scarborough wrote complaining that her residence and land were both moving gradually eastward towards the ocean. The Shire president, Mr Morrison, explained to the council that he found the claim so bizarre, he decided to make a…

Bulli Beach Improvements

BULLI, Sunday. The Bulli Shire Council has carried out improvements to the Bulli beach, including the erection of swings and round-abouts for children, shelter sheds, a new clubhouse for the surf life-saving club. – The Sydney Morning Herald Monday 7 August 1939. Would you like to make a small donation towards the running of the Looking Back and Bulli & Clifton Times…

Bulli’s missing war memorial

By MICK ROBERTS © BULLI’S first war memorial sat between four majestic Canary Island palm trees, high on a hill-top overlooking the ocean, largely due to the determined efforts of the local council’s “tough, but fair” health inspector, John Joseph “Gutty” Hiles. While often referred to as Bulli Shire Council’s health or sanitary inspector, he…

The Bulli Dunny Man

By MICK ROBERTS © BULLI’S first dunny-man, William Capon, came to an untimely death at the hands of his own sanitary cart. A pioneer in the Illawarra’s Labour movement, it’s ironic his widow had to fight his employer, Bulli Shire Council for compensation after his death in 1914. Bulli’s sanitary requirements prior to the formation of…