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…

The last of the mountain men

Westy Hapgood of Rixon’s Pass By MICK ROBERTS © WESTY panted and puffed, as he pushed his way through lantana bushes, pointing towards a boulder, from near the ‘elbow’ on Rixon’s Pass: “The bullock yoke should be behind that rock, there,” he said. Unsteady on his feet and showing signs of his 77 years, he was…

Richardson & Lewis’ store

By MICK ROBERTS © WRITING to me back in the late 1990s, Ned Andrews of Towradgi remembered an old weatherboard shop on the northern corner of Grey Street and the Prince’s Highway at Woonona in about 1920. “I was about seven or nine years of age when the local family store was Richardson and Lewis, where…