Civic father’s sabbath lager

I HEARD rather a good yarn the other day, Mr Editor, about a leading local resident, and as the thing might spoil if bottled up, I tell it to you as it was told to me, and you may rest assured that it is bona-fide. The yarn, without being too personal, runs thusly :- A…

Smedley’s Hill, Bulli

By MICK ROBERTS © BULLI has many long-lost geographical names. One of the more interesting is “Smedley’s Hill’, just north of Bulli Public School. Convict, Samuel Smedley made his wealth through his artistic skills, and has largely been forgotten for his pioneering efforts. Born in 1807 he arrived in New South Wales to serve a…

Bulli Library 1948-2009

THE Bulli Library opened in the old Bulli Council Chambers in 1948 and operated for over 60 years. The library, located in two large rooms to the right of the corridor as you enter the main front door of the building, was officially opened in 1948. With the opening of the new Thirroul Library, Wollongong City…

Rise & fall of Billiard saloons

By MICK ROBERTS © RELIGIOUSLY every Saturday a steady stream of men crossed backwards and forwards from the bar of the Bulli Family Hotel to the billiard saloon opposite. They were not playing billiards, or even having a haircut or buying tobacco, the men were making their way to a tin shed at the back of…

Rain, rain go away… Bulli Show

By MICK ROBERTS. ALTHOUGH Bulli Show Society president Les Strachan didn’t mind a thunderstorm dumping rain on the inaugural Bulli Show he may have had a differing view if he knew it was to set precedence for half a century. His society had wisely invested in rain insurance for that first 1953 show boosting the…

The Father of Bulli

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…