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 Woonona 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…

Bulli’s sacred sporting turf

By MICK ROBERTS © ARGUABLY Woonona Bulli can boast of two sacred sporting grounds. I know some may disagree, with Nicholson Park at Woonona, and the picturesque soccer grounds of Bulli Park also in contention, but Ball’s Paddock, Woonona, and Slacky Flat, Bulli with their long historical links, I believe win hands down. Ball’s Paddock,…

Turf problems delayed Corrimal bowling club’s roll-up

By MICK ROBERTS © ALTHOUGH the formation year is recognised as 1905, Corrimal Bowling Club’s first inter-club game wasn’t played for another two years due to problems finding suitable turf. An extract from the NSW Bowlers Annual 1906 reported the Corrimal Bowling and Tennis Club was formed in September 1905, “but owing to some preliminary…

Rise & fall of Billiard saloons

By MICK ROBERTS © RELIGIOUSLY every Saturday a steady stream of men crossed backwards and forwards from the bar of the Bulli Family Hotel to the billiard saloon opposite. They were not playing billiards, or even having a haircut or buying tobacco, the men were making their way to a tin shed at the back of…

Rain, rain go away… the annual Bulli Show

By MICK ROBERTS. ALTHOUGH Bulli Show Society president Les Strachan didn’t mind a thunderstorm dumping rain on the inaugural Bulli Show he may have had a differing view if he knew it was to set precedence for half a century. His society had wisely invested in rain insurance for that first 1953 show boosting the…

The Bulli Rifle Range

By MICK ROBERTS© STRADDLING the banks of Slacky Creek, fronting ‘Sharkey Beach’ between Sandon and Waniora Points, the Bulli Rifle Range operated for over 70 years. Not long after the first mention of the range during December 1886, when the Bulli Rifle Club invited Wollongong marksmen to a shooting competition at its paddock, were concerns…

Thirroul bowlo: A short history

By MICK ROBERTS © NOW simply known as ‘Club Thirroul’, the Thirroul Bowling Club is the last of three registered clubs that once operated in the seaside suburb. For over 80 years Thirroul lawn bowlers have enjoyed a few beers and each other’s company after and during a roll-up at their Gibson Park site. The…