Woonona Bulli and the World War II British Pacific Fleet

By Phil Evans * A LITTLE known aspect of the Pacific War was the role that Bulli Woonona residents played in the welcoming of sailors from the British Pacific Fleet (BPF) in 1945. The British Pacific Fleet arrived in Australia on 4 February 1945; it comprised two battleships, four fleet carriers, three cruisers and accompanying…

The old socialist who opened a Bulli fish shop

Pavel ‘Paul’ Yolkin came to live in Bulli with his partner Glad Polleski in 1923. After retiring, dusted from the Bulli colliery, Yolkin and Glad opened a fish shop on the highway opposite the Bulli Family Hotel. But it wasn’t his fish shop he was known for. He was known as a pioneer of the…

Along the South Coast: A jaunt to Bulli by motor

Australian Town and Country Journal Wednesday 15 November 1911 BY B. A. C. “THE South Coast of this State abounds in beauty spots, and though in a trip as far as Bulli only the fringe of Illawarra — truly called the garden of New South Wales — might be said to be touched upon, or…

Meet the hostess of the Bulli Railway Guesthouse

THE tradition of hospitality continues within the historic walls of what is known today as the Resin Brewery at Bulli. The recently restored heritage building has evolved into a speciality brewery, offering delicious meals and entertainment. Originally built as the Bulli Railway Guest House, this rare image depicts Sarah Heard, who greeted her countless guests…

1965 National Service intake Bulli

By Phil Evans* The first National Service intake in 1965 included a number of Bulli 20-year-olds.  Four are shown in the photo taken at Kapooka (Wagga Wagga) in September 1965 at the completion of their 10 week basic training. They are Roy Woods, Brian Farrar, Ted Towers and Phil Evans. Each had attended Bulli High…

The escarpment swaggies: ‘Bandy’ Sam, ‘Dumby’ Henderson, and Bernard the German

NOT even a reigning monarch could shift old Bandy Sam from his bush humpy at Slacky Flat, Bulli. Although authorities were eventually successful in clearing the shanty town of unemployed men and low income families from the blackberry and weed infested flat named after the coal waste that had been progressively washed down from the…

Woonona Bulli barbers and hairdressers: The mysterious Fred Williamson

NOTHING remains of Fred Williamson’s hairdressing salon at Bulli today. Where his barber shop sat, Memorial Drive spews a seemingly endless flow of vehicles onto a congested Prince’s Highway, opposite Hospital Road. Eric Francis “Fred” Williamson was operating a hairdresser or barber shop in front of Pritchard’s Music Hall at Woonona as early as 1906.…

Bulli’s bugle playing alderman, Albert Southern

ALBERT Southern was one of Bulli’s favourite sons. He played an active part in the industrial, political, business and civic life of the northern Illawarra for almost 40 years last century, and was held in the highest esteem by the community. Albert served with distinction on the Bulli Shire Council for six years, first elected…