Chooks in the pub cellar

Electric light poles were burnt down at the top of Bulli Pass last night, and residents were left without electric light and power. Yesterday afternoon, the Panorama Hotel and the Kiosk were seriously threatened. Tables and forms in the grounds were destroyed. The kiosk was saved by two passing lorry drivers, who fought the fire…

Three mugs at the pub

Three Sydney motorists, tired, hot, and more than just thirsty, flung wide the doors of a Wollongong hotel, and marched up to the bar. ‘Three mugs!’ one of them said to the fair one behind the counter. ‘Yes?’ she replied, ‘and what can I do for you?’ – Illawarra Mercury (Wollongong, NSW) Friday 23 February 1940.

Civic father’s sabbath lager

I HEARD rather a good yarn the other day, Mr Editor, about a leading local resident, and as the thing might spoil if bottled up, I tell it to you as it was told to me, and you may rest assured that it is bona-fide. The yarn, without being too personal, runs thusly :- A…

Corrimal’s ‘Cream of the Coast’

Ice cream, that delightfully pure food so smooth in texture and rich in cream – the story of Streets Ice Cream is that of one man’s determination to make a product as perfect as humably possible. The Street family grew vegetables on their five acre block of land in Collins Street, Corrimal, prior to establishing…

Corrimal’s Green Frog

By MICK ROBERTS © COUNTLESS children have clambered over the steam locomotive gracing Corrimal Memorial Park. Known affectionately as ‘The Green Frog’, the South Bulli No 4 was manufactured in 1909 by the Avonside Engine Company in London, England before beginning her working life at the South Bulli Colliery, Bellambi. During the Great War (1914-18) the…

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…