Coalcliff rail tunnel opened on St Pat’s Day

BESIDES St Patrick’s Day, March 17 also marks the anniversary of the completion of the Coalcliff to Clifton rail tunnel. Known as the ‘Gate of Illawarra’, and measuring 1070 yards or just under 980 metres, the completion of the tunnel was celebrated on St Patrick’s Day 1887 with Clifton storekeeper, P. J. Kenna given the honour of…

The dusted miner

By MICK ROBERTS © RETIRED coal miner George Forsyth Bryson was described in a story with the Daily Telegraph in 1946 as a short, stocky man, with brown eyes and a cheer-fill grin, looking closer to 30, rather than his 41 years. The reporter described George as a man you would take to be in…

Bulli Pass Touring Car

THE “WHITE 50” DE DUXE TOURING CAR (BODY BY SMITH AND WADDINGTON), OPERATED BY MR. NORMAN DAY, OF COOGEE, IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE N.S.W. GOVERNMENT TOURIST BUREAU. IT IS USED FOR DAILY TOURS FROM SYDNEY TO BULLI. – Sunday Times Sunday 30 December 1923 

Before Sea Cliff Bridge…

THE PICTURESQUE COASTAL ROAD TO ILLAWARRA THE BLUFF AT COALCLIFF, LOOKING NORTH. The coastal route from Sydney to the South Coast is much used by motorists, and in several places the road runs close to the edge of the ocean. The coastal road serves the towns between Sydney and Thirroul, but many travellers to the…

Scenes in South Coast Collieries

IN THE OLD BULLI MINE One of the oldest coal mines on the N.S.W. South Coast. The men are waiting for the skips to move off on their 2½-mile trip underground. STARTING THE DAY’S WORK A miner entering a skip which will take him down to the coal face. AT THE RESCUE STATION Where a team of…

Word of advice

WORD OF ADVICE is given to new National Service trainees for the Navy by A/B R. Hopkirk, after their arrival at the Balmoral Naval Station. They are (from left) Arthur Ratley, 19, of Woonona; Allan Turton, 18, of Stockton; and Aldo Spagnola, 19, of Clifton. – The Newcastle Sun August 5 1952