An Irish landlady who began an Illawarra hotel dynasty

By MICK ROBERTS © OFTEN overlooked in the pages of history, women played a central role in the day to day functioning of inns and hotels. The wives of the region’s pioneering publicans were often young and their duties were physically demanding. Husband and wife teams rarely could afford to employ staff and as their…

Clifton school

By MICK ROBERTS © PRIMITIVE but strikingly beautiful surrounds greeted 19-year-old Walter McLaren after trudging the rugged bush track from Bulli to Clifton in July 1878. The teenager had caught Waterworth’s Day Coach from Campbelltown to Bulli for his new appointment as teacher of Clifton Public School before setting off on foot and wearily wandering…