Woonona Public School became an emergency hospital during the 1919 ‘Spanish Flu’ pandemic

MANY folk of the old Bulli Shire were eagerly awaiting their influenza inoculations in 1919. Between January-September 1919, pneumonic influenza, commonly known as the ‘Spanish Flu’, killed 6,387 people in New South Wales, infecting as many as 290,000 in Metropolitan Sydney alone. The Spanish flu infected 500 million people – about a third of the…

Wollongong War Memorial dedication

The structure, which forms the entrance to the Town Hall, was designed by Mr. Varney Parkes, and built by Mr. Worral, of Waverley. There are 361 names on it of soldiers who enlisted from Wollongong; of these, 74 are in the supreme sacrifice list. The unveiling was by his Excellency the Governor-General, Lord Forster, on…

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…

A story of war, love and two mining towns

By MICK ROBERTS © AN HONOUR roll in Corrimal Uniting Church – not unlike memorials in community halls around the world – has revealed a tragic love story that spanned the globe. The tablet lists 21 local men from the church who served in the Great War, with one name, James Budden remaining a mystery to…