Richardson & Lewis’ store

By MICK ROBERTS © WRITING to me in the late 1990s, Ned Andrews of Towradgi remembered back in the 1930s an old weatherboard shop on the northern corner of Gray Street and the Prince’s Highway at Woonona. “I was about seven or nine years of age when the local family store was Richardson and Lewis, where…

Labor’s first Illawarra MP: John Nicholson

By MICK ROBERTS © FOR quarter of a century English born John Barnes Nicholson represented the predominately working class people of the northern Illawarra as a politician. Labor’s first Illawarra parliamentarian did not find his way to Macquarie Street easily though, and controversy surrounded his 1891 entry into politics. Nicholson arrived in Sydney in 1882 as a 42 year-old…