The Bulli Rifle Range

By MICK ROBERTS© STRADDLING the banks of Slacky Creek, fronting ‘Sharkey Beach’ between Sandon and Waniora Points, the Bulli Rifle Range operated for over 70 years. Not long after the first mention of the range during December 1886, when the Bulli Rifle Club invited Wollongong marksmen to a shooting competition at its paddock, were concerns…

Little House on the Hill

By MICK ROBERTS © YOU can’t help but notice the declining health of the grand old lady from the past when passing through Bulli. The Denmark Hotel, “The Little House on the Hill”, sits as a dejected monument to one of the region’s entrepreneurial pioneers. Expectations are high, but not assured that the exterior of the…

Pub politics

By MICK ROBERTS © BEFORE the days of organised political parties, the present City of Wollongong was represented by just one Member of Parliament during the 1880s – a colonial electorate stretching from Yallah in the south to Helensburgh in the north. Two local publicans decided to throw their hats in the ring to vie…