History of the Bulli Rifle Club

  THE following story was complied by S.W. Ellis, and was sent to me when I was editor of the Bulli Times newspaper in 1993. I discovered this three page typed history, entitled “History of the Bulli Rifle Club”, along with the captioned images, while going through a box of old letters and photos recently.…

Finish line’s in sight for Bulli Dogs

THE annoucement that the NSW Government will ban the sport of greyhound racing statewide on July 1 2017 after a commission of inquiry found evidence of widespread cruelty in the industry, will end 67 years of history at Slacky Flat. The first greyhound race meet was held at the Bulli track on November 4 1950,…

Auntie Dulcie’s Boys

THE late Dulcie Thomas devoted most of her life to the development of junior soccer in Wollongong’s northern suburbs, particularly the Bulli Junior Soccer Club, writes Phillip Jordan: In 1956 ‘Auntie Dulcie’ (as she was affectionately known) approached the Bulli Senior Club to sponsor a team of Under 10 boys she had gathered together. After…

The Bulli Copper Derby

By Syd Fairs* DURING the mid 1960s when middies of beer were nine cents and schooners a few cents more, customers generally left their copper change on the bars of local pubs where licensees usually donated this money to charity. Bulli Family Hotel [Heritage Hotel] licensee Jim McGee, long before the introduction of dollars and…

The Fancy Dress Football Match

MY late grandfather, Jim ‘Double’ Orvad often told the following story of the Bulli Fancy Dress Football Match – a charity game he took part in during the 1930s. The story was also elegantly told by William Evans in his reminiscences of Bulli in the 1930s. His reminiscences were published in the Bulli Times newspaper…

The Boxing Publican

The Arrow April 29 1927 – Bulli Family Hotel – “Gordon Coghill, once well in the running for heavyweight championship honors, is now mine host of the Bulli Hotel. This should mean much to the sports of that industrious part, for Gordon, as his war record proves, is a dinkum Aussie.”  

Bulli’s famous soil

  BULLI soil was used as a top dressing on the Sydney Cricket Ground for over 120 years, as well as some of the world’s most famous pitches and sporting grounds. Bulli wicket soil was first extracted in the late 1890s from several sites around Bellambi Point and was supplied by Matthew Collins to the Sydney…