Corrimal’s first police officer

CORRIMAL’S first police officer was an Englishman, Jacob Willmott who as a younger man joined the Royal Marines and saw service on warships, before making his way to Australia where he would join the NSW Police Force in 1887. The later years of his naval career were spent with the H.M.S Miranda on the Australian…

Corrimal’s bodgies and widgies

By MICK ROBERTS © The bodgies certainly brought a little colour and flare into places like Corrimal during the early 1950s. The Corrimal milk bars were the place for young people to be seen in the 1950s. To be one of the ‘cool’ crowd it was a must for the women to be a ‘widgie’ and…

Bulli’s missing war memorial

By MICK ROBERTS © BULLI’S first war memorial sat between four majestic Canary Island palm trees, high on a hill-top overlooking the ocean, largely due to the determined efforts of the local council’s “tough, but fair” health inspector, John Joseph “Gutty” Hiles. While often referred to as Bulli Shire Council’s health or sanitary inspector, he was…

Australian Nationality and Mrs Hunter

WHILE staying for a holiday at Thirroul in 1917, Ena Hunter, of Sydney, attended a local political meeting to rally support for Labor candidate Billy Davies, for the coming state election. The mother of two, who had lost a 19-year-old son, Sergeant Norman H. Hunter fighting in France during 1915, was furious when a supporter…