Handing out ‘how to votes’ at Coledale on polling day

THE June 1933 by-election for the State electorate of Bulli was won by the Labor Party’s John Thomas Sweeney with over 45 per cent of the vote. Sweeney was up against the United Australia Party’s Arthur Butterell, Communist, Paul Martin and the Miners’ Candidate, Albert Willis. The by-election for the seat, which had 13,008 on…

North Bulli Colliery, Coledale

  Slideshow of North Bulli Colliery, Coledale, NSW. Photos: The Sydney Mail February 1 1905  THE beginning of the coal mining industry in Coledale led to the expansion and development of the area. Coledale’s first coal mine was opened in 1889 but was abandoned because of problems with underground water. This mine was redeveloped as…

An illicit still at Coledale

FRANK Valbusa (45) was charged with having an illicit still on his premises at Coledale on March 23rd, also with having illicit spirit in his possession. Mr. C. L. Quirilivan, prosecuted on behalf of the Customs Department. Defendant pleaded guilty. George S. Bradley, Custom’s Inspector, stated about 9 p.m. he and the police searched defendant’s…

The Blue Hole Surf Club

By MICK ROBERTS © SECRETLY perched overlooking the ocean in the Royal National Park are around 200 historic shacks forgotten in time. Built between 1910 and 1950, before the area was included into the Royal National Park, the shacks evolved on land leased from freeholders. Material for the jerry built shacks and, the owners’ provisions, were,…