1952 Premiers: Norths Bulldogs

ILLAWARRA RUGBY LEAGUE PREMIERS Northern Suburbs 1952 First Grade Illawarra Rugby League Premiers BACK ROW: B. Fotheringham, K. Smith, G. Jardine, R. Lawrence, Brian Hunt, D. O’Connell. FRONT ROW: B. Nelson, J. Russell, N. Rees, R. Currie (capt.), K. Dell? (Dellaca?), M. Ryan, W. Collins, Mr. Chad De Cloutte (Manager). (Ball Boy) Barry De Clouett. – South Coast…

Bulli Woonona Sports Club

Police raids, seized pokies and SP bookie arrests By MICK ROBERTS © UNREGISTERED sporting clubs were scattered throughout the Illawarra last century; places where working class men gathered to socialise over a game of billiards or snooker, table games such as cards and dice, and to have a flutter on the pokies. The clubs, although…

Woonona’s Charlie Stewart

Aged 14, Charlie Stewart (pictured), of Woonona, is one of the best young all-round athletes in the State. He won trophies at cricket, football and athletics. Last season, in a junior cricket competition, he had a batting average of 110, and took 37 wickets. Stewart has won the sprinting and football kicking championships at school.…

Woonona Bulli Soccer 1954

Members of Woonona-Bulli Soccer team assembled on Broken Hill station after winning the £200 knockout tournament. (Back row – O. Lewis, M. McPake, G. Edmond, T. Fowler, J. Morgan. Front row – A. Bulland, A. Graham, J. Bracewell, T. Arnall. Woonona Bulli Soccer club officials S. Newton, J. Davis, A. B. Mann and W. Chadban,…

Bellambi & Woonona Fishing Club

The South Coast provides plenty of sport for amateur fishermen. The Bellambi and Woonona Fishing Club is an enthusiastic body, and includes some well known residents of the district. The picture, which was taken at Bellambi, shows members of the club after a successful outing. – Australian Town and Country Journal Wednesday 8 May 1907

Melbourne Cup before television

  BEFORE the arrival of television, the picture theatres at Thirroul, Bulli and Corrimal were the place to watch the Melbourne Cup. Viewers were treated to the first ever “photo finish” when they gathered at the district’s theatres in 1948. The year also seen the youngest jockey win the race at just 15 years old. Rimfire,…

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.…

The Bulli Dogs

THE first greyhound race meeting was held at Slacky Flat, Bulli on November 4 1950, attracting over 2,000 people. The race course was opened by the Mayor of Wollongong Alderman C. M. Dawson. BULLI GREYHOUND CLUB A greyhound racing club was formed at Bulli on Tuesday night, and the committee will meet next week to formulate plans for an early…

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 at Bulli, 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 a little persuasion…

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…