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 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.”