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…

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 proceeds…

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…

Just a taste for 15 thirsty miners

480 GALLONS OF BEER IN 12 DAYS WOLLONGONG, Monday: The 15 Corrimal miners who are trying to establish a beer-drinking record have drunk 480 gallons of beer and 360 bottles of lemonade and ginger beer in 12 days.  They are members of the Save Yourself Club, and are camped on Towradgi Beach. Their beer marathon is an annual…

Backyard aircraft engineer

A young man who built a “bi-plane” in his Wollongong backyard in the first half of the 1920s, gained national attention. His fame as an early aircraft engineer was shortlived, and by 1926 he had faded into history. Wollongong’s mystery aircraft builder was more than likely Alfred Adolphus Woolfrey, who died on October 21 1977…