The Bulli Dogs

THE first greyhound race meeting was held at Slacky Flat, Bulli on November 4 1950, attracting over 2,000 people. The race course was opened by the Mayor of Wollongong Alderman C. M. Dawson. BULLI GREYHOUND CLUB A greyhound racing club was formed at Bulli on Tuesday night, and the committee will meet next week to formulate plans for an early…

Bulli’s sacred sporting turf

By MICK ROBERTS © ARGUABLY Woonona Bulli can boast of two sacred sporting grounds. I know some may disagree, with Nicholson Park at Woonona, and the picturesque soccer grounds of Bulli Park also in contention, but Ball’s Paddock, Woonona, and Slacky Flat, Bulli with their long historical links, I believe win hands down. Ball’s Paddock,…

Slacky Flat’s unemployed village

THE depression years of the 1930s resulted in over 100 adults and children developing a makeshift village on the area now known as Slacky Flat at Bulli. The village, sometime called ‘Happy Valley’ consisted of shacks made from mainly corregated iron springing up where the Bulli trotting track is today. Owned by the Bulli Colliery…

Dunny cans and the queen

By MICK ROBERTS © WORD the recently crowned Queen Elizabeth II was visiting Bulli quickly spread around the coalmining communities of northern Illawarra in 1954. The coronation of a young and beautiful queen just the year before captured the imagination of the Australian public and thousands would gather for a glimpse of the new reigning…

How Mail Bag Hollow got its name

By MICK ROBERTS © THE legendary story of how Samuel Clout drove ‘Her Majesty’s Royal Mail Coach’ across a flooded Bulli roadway has become part of local folklore. Samuel Clout was just 22 years of age when, despite atrocious weather and flooded roadways, he managed to deliver the mail from Campbelltown to Wollongong. Renowned for…