Bulli in Books

Bulli has appeared in print, in the newspapers and in many books.

The most revered writer on Bulli would be former Bulli Public School Principal William “Bill” A.  Bayley. Also known as “Beetle Bayley”, he was an enthusiastic and prolific writer of Bulli’s history, and well beyond Bulli as well.  Bill Bayley’s publications on Bulli includes :

“Black Diamond. History of the Bulli District 1770-1970”

Equally passionate about Bulli is Mick Roberts, descendant of Jens Peter Oluf Orvard. Mick grew up in the Sandon Point area of Bulli. Nurtured by Dr Winifred Mitchell, has become a well known writer of the Northern Illawarra, and especially Bulli. Mick’s publications on Bulli include :

“Greetings from Woonona Bulli – images of the black diamond district”

“The Little House on the Hill” – A History of the Development of Coaching Inns & Hotels in the Bulli District N.S.W.”

West Hapgood, and revised by Graeme Stewart, has written personal memoirs of Bulli and Sherbrooke :

“Deep Valleys, Tall Trees, Tough Men and Women” – First published 1992, and revised in 2005

Narelle Crux

“St Augustine’s Bulli. The First One Hundred Years” 1982

Graham Edds & Associates were commissioned, in 1992,  by the Bulli Miners Cottage Management Committee  to develop a Conservation Plan for the Miners Cottage, 200 Princes Highway Bulli.

The Conservation Plan document includes Notes by Meredith Hutton, a former NSW Dept of Planning State Industrial Archaeologist, National Trust Board Member and former Bulli Resident. – 1992 to 1993

N.S. King

“Cornelius O’Brien”

“History of Austinmer and Robert Marsh Westmacott in Australia”  1964

Michael Adams

“Beyond Bulli”

Terry Bugg, Jack Devitt, Mary Hendricks, Arthur Murray & Mick Roberts

“True North.  Tales and Reminiscences. Celebrating the 2001 Centenary of Federation”. 2001

Arthur Cousins

“The Garden of New South Wales. A History of Illawarra & Shoalhaven” 1948 & reprinted 1984

Don Gray – personal reminiscences of the Thirroul area, including Sherbrooke and Bulli

” My Thirroul – Tales from the Valley of the Cabbage Tree Palms” and includes reminiscences by Don’s wife & partner Lenore Gray “The Story of Thirroul” 

Emeritus Professor Jim Hagan & Associate Professor Andrew Wells were commissioned by Wollongong City Council to produce a history of Wollongong for the City of Greater Wollongong’s 50th anniversary in 1997 – which included contributions by other writers.

“A History of Wollongong”

Dr Terry Kass

A Thematic History of the City of Wollongong” 2010

Dr Winifred Mitchell and Geoffrey Sherington

“Growing Up in the Illawarra A Social History 1834 – 1984”

Stuart Piggin

“Faith of Steel. A History of the Christian Churches in Illawarra, Australia” 1984

Hilde Shaw

“200 Historic Facts About Historic Illawarra” – first published in 1970 and reprinted in 1980

C.C. Singleton

“Railway History in Illawarra New South Wales” – first published in 1964, subsequently new editions published in 1970, 1972, 1984

J. L. N. “Jack” Southern wrote of the history of Rail Transportation in the Port Kembla Steelworks, together with an account of the development of railways and shipping ports in the Illawarra Region

“A Rail History of the Illawarra” 1978

Anne Wood

“Tales from Our Streets – Photographic History of the Illawarra” 1999

“More Tales from Our Streets – Images and Stories of Illawarra’s History” 2000


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