Corrimal Catholic Ball Debutantes 1946

Debutantes presented, at the annual ball on August 30th at Wollongong Soldiers’ Hall. Standing, from left to right – Misses June Richardson, Helen Nash, Joan Deegan, Daphne Faulkiner, Jil Sloan, Kathleen Brooks, Dorothy Druery, Elaine Smith, Nola Dawson, Seated – Miss Shirley McDonald, Mrs. N. Kerr (Matron of Honour), Miss Shirley Bartley. Absent – Miss…

Corrimal’s first police officer

CORRIMAL’S first police officer was an Englishman, Jacob Willmott who as a younger man joined the Royal Marines and saw service on warships, before making his way to Australia where he would join the NSW Police Force in 1887. The later years of his naval career were spent with the H.M.S Miranda on the Australian…

Corrimal man stowed-away in Australia-bound ship

Stranded in London, Corrimal man, Alfred Lawrence hid in the bunkers of an Australia-bound ship in an anxious effort to find his way home. Alfred, aged 20, stowed away on the SS Raranga on April 23 1947, hiding in the ship’s bunkers for two days before giving himself up to the crew. The young Corrimal…

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 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…

A story of war, love and two mining towns

By MICK ROBERTS © AN HONOUR roll in Corrimal Uniting Church – not unlike memorials in community halls around the world – has revealed a tragic love story that spanned the globe. The tablet lists 21 local men from the church who served in the Great War, with one name, James Budden remaining a mystery to…