Century old newsagency to shut

AFTER 104 years trading from the north east corner of Russell Street and the Princes Highway, Woonona Newsagency will close for business on November 29 2015. Although in an updated building, newspapers have been sold from the corner location ever since William Austin Pitman opened his newsagency in 1911 after converting the old Woonona Workmen’s…

The Bulli Beach Park Estate

By MICK ROBERTS © WANIORA Point, the parkland fronting Bulli Beach was for the early part of last century known locally as Point Peter or Floyd’s Point. Peter Floyd, son of Bulli publican and butcher Jack Floyd, inherited 20 acres of land fronting Bulli beach, stretching westward to the South Coast railway, between Owen Street…

The Father of Bulli: Henry S. Fry

By MICK ROBERTS © OFTEN referred to as the “Father of Bulli”, Henry Strange Fry can be credited with laying the foundations of a farming community that grew into a city. The largely unsung pioneer, who tirelessly battled to improve the quality of life for those who called the northern Illawarra home, was born in…

The man who sold Sandon Point

By MICK ROBERTS © JUST what Bulli pioneer real estate agent Henry Cotterell would have thought of land prices at Sandon Point today is difficult to imagine. Cotterell, known as “Cottie” to his friends, was one time editor of the Bulli Times newspaper, but more interestingly he was the agent who sold the original Sandon…

Bulli’s beef and beer barons

By MICK ROBERTS © FOR over a century beef and beer were synonymous with the Floyd family name in Illawarra’s north. Four generations of Floyds were successful butchers and hoteliers leaving a legacy of a business empire that grew out of the 1860s. The dynasty began with John Floyd in 1867 and ended with great…

Deegans’ Bulli shop

By MICK ROBERTS © AFTER managing a coal miners’ pub during World War II, Phyllis Deegan would have thought running a small mixed business a piece of cake. The 37 year-old mother of two teenagers probably looked with relief at mixing milkshakes instead of pulling beers. Pubs, especially the rough and tumble of a miners’…