Harry Caiger of Clifton

OBITUARY HARRY CAIGER South Coast Times Thursday 16 June 1949 WITH the death last Thursday of Mr. Harry Caiger, of 361 Main Road, Clifton, this district and particularly the northern section, has lost one who throughout his 50 years’ residence has given splendid public service and one whose place in the life of the community…

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Blackberrying the Illawarra escarpment

ARMED with kerosene tins, protective clothing and old sugar bags, hundreds would head for the Illawarra escarpment during the months of January and February early last century for the annual blackberry harvest. Blackberry vines had become a troublesome pest, smothering the escarpment foothills and valleys late in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Although a…

How Green’s Pinch on Bulli Pass got its name

EVER wondered how Green Pinch on Bulli Pass got its name? It was named after William B. Green, who lived there from about 1886 to 1906. With his family, he called ‘The Pass’ home for about 20 years before retiring to Thirroul, where he died in 1926 at the age of 83. William Green was…

Bulli Constable Sam Keys

OBITUARY SEN. CONSTABLE S. KEYS Senior Constable Samuel Keys, of Bulli Police Station, died suddenly at his residence, in Stokes lane, Bulli, on Monday morning, an hour after he had finished duty. Born in 1893 at Drumbulkin, County Mainer, Northern Ireland, he came to Australia in 1912. Prior to coming to Australia he was a…

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…

Corrimal’s first police officer

CORRIMAL’S first police officer was an Englishman, Jacob Willmott who as a younger man joined the Royal Marines and saw service on warships, before making his way to Australia where he would join the NSW Police Force in 1887. The later years of his naval career were spent with the H.M.S Miranda on the Australian…

Lovely child’s appalling leap

Madge Hope, the 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. Hope, of Campbell street, Woonona, threw herself off the Sydney Harbour Bridge on the morning of Wednesday November 8 1933. The teenager survived to tell the tale, with reports saying that her large dress had saved her life. Madge was said to have had “a…

Teddy Johnston of Woonona

Cake for blind boy The two girls also gave Teddy Johnston jazz caps, trumpets, nuts, sweets and balloons. The gifts will enable Teddy to entertain about 30 friends at a Christmas party. The boy, who lives at Woonona, near Bulli, has been slowly going blind. Eight months ago he started to take epileptic fits. He was discharged…

Miss Illawarra Quest 1942

  IS your grandma or mother among these six 1942 beauties? The Miss Illawarra Quest was held during the war years and received a record number of entries in 1942. The winner of the quest, organised by the charity group, 10,000 Brigade, was decided by a popular vote. It cost a penny to vote, with…

Lucky Bulli Public School winner

Thirteen-year-old Bulli schoolboy, Brian [ Bryan] Guest, looks happy as he receives a brand new Speedwell super sports model bicycle from Mr. W. Simpson, Chairman of the Board of Directors of J. Parkinson Pty Ltd (extreme left of photo). The bicycle was first prize in Parkinson’s bottle drive competition which concluded in December and in…