Traffic Block

A CORRESPODENT directs attention to the condition in which the Princes Highway, from Slacky Flat, Bulli, north has been reduced to, in the course of reconstruction. There is only passage for one vehicle. In view of the traffic of the Christmas — New Year Holidays to be expected this he contends is a lapse in management. In the case of wet weather the…

On the hills behind Woonona

FROM Woonona, Bulli, Clifton, and other South Coast towns, that are on the edge of the sea, one may turn westward and climb the South Coast Range. The coastal towns dot the plain that is between the hills and the Pacific. The narrow luxuriant strip is fringed with beautiful beaches. Our picture was taken from the heights…

Bellambi fairy land

Siegfried Frattner has created a Christmas fairy-land at his Bellambi home in 2002. Approaching Christmas 2002, I wrote the following story for the Northern Leader newspaper. Siegfried Frattner becale a local celebrity after transforming his garden into a magical fairyland over a number of years during the early 2000s. Can anyone update us on Siegfried? WITH 14,000…

Introduction

LOOKING Back is a collection of short stories and images of the northern Illawarra region of NSW, Australia, by author and journalist Mick Roberts. Although focusing on the Bulli district, the blog also looks at the cultural history of the liquor industry and pubs. If you enjoy the stories, please ‘like’ and feel free to share…

Publicans and guests ‘got by’ in one-day hotel strike

HOTEL bars in the Illawarra district were closed on Thursday owing to the one day stop work meeting of members of the Hotels and Restaurant Employees’ Union. For publicans’ wives and families it was one of the busiest days on record, as they carried on, serving meals and making beds. It was a warm and sultry day, Thursday – just the day for a  beer.…