Bulli Pass water troughs

By MICK ROBERTS © OUT the front of the the Black Diamond Heritage Centre at Bulli Railway Station, there’s an odd looking water trough. A little too high for the average canine to sip from, the trough is a relic from Bulli’s past, when horses dominated the roadways. The water troughs were the pre-motor car service station…

Railway fatalities

RAILWAY FATALITY. Young Man’s Neck Broken INQUEST AT BULL! At the Court House at Bulli yesterday, the District Coroner, Mr. W. G. Payne, conducted an inquest relating to the death of Henry Lachlan Curteis, 20 years of age, who had resided with his mother at 127 Campbell-street, Woonona, deceased being run over by a train…

Dunny cans and the queen

By MICK ROBERTS © WORD the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II was visiting Bulli quickly spread around the coalmining communities of northern Illawarra in 1954. The coronation of a young and beautiful queen just the year before captured the imagination of the Australian public and thousands would gather for a glimpse of the new reigning…

On the buses

By MICK ROBERTS © PUBLIC transport has moved forward in leaps and bounds since Lance Brown drove the Bulli railway bus in 1927. Lance was one of the region’s first bus drivers and was prompted to reveal some of his memories on February 27 2003 after my story in the Northern Leader newspaper on Joy Curran’s history…