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…

Elizabeth, the Thirroul convict woman

THE Thirroul district is said to have been cleared of scrub and timber by women convicts. This statement does not sound so fantastic when we read that Bungaribee, near Penrith, was built of bricks hauled in handcarts by women convicts from Sydney. The camp was at or near the present site of Thirroul. The occupants…