Railway fatalities

RAILWAY FATALITY. Young Man’s Neck Broken INQUEST AT BULL! At the Court House at Bulli yesterday, the District Coroner, Mr. W. G. Payne, conducted an inquest relating to the death of Henry Lachlan Curteis, 20 years of age, who had resided with his mother at 127 Campbell-street, Woonona, deceased being run over by a train…

On the buses

By MICK ROBERTS © BUS transport to and from Wollongong has been readily accessible to Illawarra’s northern suburbs since early last century. Jumping on a bus for a bit of shopping in Wollongong, to pay a few bills, or for a bit of entertainment, has developed considerably from the rough and tumble years of the…

Dunny cans and the queen

By MICK ROBERTS © WORD the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II was visiting Bulli quickly spread around the coalmining communities of northern Illawarra in 1954. The coronation of a young and beautiful queen just the year before captured the imagination of the Australian public and thousands would gather for a glimpse of the new reigning…

Mechanical wizard

By MICK ROBERTS © PUT simply Ivo Bunker was an engineering genius. From his workshop at the foot of Bulli Pass he made everything imaginable, from a kettle for his wife, to car parts, and even false teeth. Born in 1888, Cecil Caleb Bunker became the legendary Bulli service station proprietor whose antics have become…

Champion whip

By MICK ROBERTS © THE legendary story of how Samuel Clout drove ‘Her Majesty’s Royal Mail Coach’ across a flooded Bulli roadway has become part of local folklore. Samuel Clout was just 22 years of age when, despite atrocious weather and flooded roadways, he managed to deliver the mail from Campbelltown to Wollongong. Renowned for…

Pioneer whip

By MICK ROBERTS © THE eagerly awaited arrival of the iron horse to the Illawarra in 1886 awoke the world to what is known today as Lawrence Hargrave Drive and its scenic splendour, altering the coastal bush track from a quiet local thoroughfare into a busy main road linking Sydney to Wollongong. Soon after the opening…