The Deegans at the Bulli Family Hotel during the war years

By MICK ROBERTS © AS a 14 year-old girl Pat Pennefather loved to slide down Bulli pub’s red cedar banister rails. Almost 60 years later during a visit to the Bulli Heritage Hotel in 2003 the 72-year-old just couldn’t resist jumping onto to the old stair-well railing to re-live some of those happy childhood memories.…

Deegans’ Bulli shop

By MICK ROBERTS © AFTER managing a coal miners’ pub during World War II, Phyllis Deegan would have thought running a small mixed business a piece of cake. The 37 year-old mother of two teenagers probably looked with relief at mixing milkshakes instead of pulling beers. Pubs, especially the rough and tumble of a miners’…