Handing out ‘how to votes’ at Coledale on polling day

THE June 1933 by-election for the State electorate of Bulli was won by the Labor Party’s John Thomas Sweeney with over 45 per cent of the vote. Sweeney was up against the United Australia Party’s Arthur Butterell, Communist, Paul Martin and the Miners’ Candidate, Albert Willis. The by-election for the seat, which had 13,008 on…

Australian Nationality and Mrs Hunter

WHILE staying for a holiday at Thirroul in 1917, Ena Hunter, of Sydney, attended a local political meeting to rally support for Labor candidate Billy Davies, for the coming state election. The mother of two, who had lost a 19-year-old son, Sergeant Norman H. Hunter fighting in France during 1915, was furious when a supporter…

Labor’s first Illawarra MP: John Nicholson

By MICK ROBERTS © FOR quarter of a century English born John Barnes Nicholson represented the predominately working class people of the northern Illawarra as a politician. Labor’s first Illawarra parliamentarian did not find his way to Macquarie Street easily though, and controversy surrounded his 1891 entry into politics. Nicholson arrived in Sydney in 1882 as a 42 year-old…

The Bullocky: Politics in the pub

By MICK ROBERTS © BREAKING the established rule of never discussing politics and religion at the bar can have dire consequences.  Some people learn the hard way, like Bulli bullocky James Robinson. Robinson was a new arrival to the parochial little coal-mining village of Bulli and was causing quite a stir with his outspoken political…

Pub politics

By MICK ROBERTS © BEFORE the days of organised political parties, the present City of Wollongong was represented by just one Member of Parliament during the 1880s – a colonial electorate stretching from Yallah in the south to Helensburgh in the north. Two local publicans decided to throw their hats in the ring to vie…