Butchers of Bulli and the Black Diamond Districts

Who were the Butchers of Bulli and the Black Diamond Districts ? Where were their butcher premises ? Often they were very involved in their local communities. here’s a list that we are working on

  • Collings
  • Cope Family
    • Sidney Cope ran a butcher shop in Newtown in 1882 before relocating to Bulli – 1,
    • Cope’s (Sidney and David) were in a butcher shop in Bulli after 1882,  with the family living in Russell St Woonona
    • 1884 – Sidney Cope writing of need for a butcher in Bulli – 1, 2, 3,
    • 1885 – Sidney Cope is in Bulli – 1,
    • Sidney and David Cope were in a butcher partnership with Nichols at Bulli in 1886
    • Herbert Cope, younger brother of Sidney and David Cope, was the only survivor of the Bulli Mine Disaster of 1887 – subsequently he went to work in his older brother’s butcher
    • 1890 – S A Cope’s butchers closed for Christmas – 1, 2,
    • 1891 – S Cope on a jury panel – 1,
    • H Cope & S Cope playing cricket for Bulli Butchers in 1893 –1,
    • 1890 – S A Cope’s butchers closed for Christmas – 1,
    • 1895 S Cope at Butchers meeting at Bode’s – 1,
    • Cope family experienced a severe explosion in 1895 at their butchery premises in Woonona – killing Mr Sidney A Cope (buried at Bulli Anglican Cemetery – ) and Mr David Cope. Mr Herbert Cope escaped as did the wife and young child of Mr Sidney  A Cope – 12,  3, 4, 5,
    • 1908 – Cope Bros were advertising a butcher shop and slaughter yard at Bulli – 1,
    • Woonona Bulli News item in 1909 refers to Miss Emily Cope suffering from rheumatic fever
    • in 1913 Mr H Cope was resident in Russell St Woonona – 1, 2
    • and again in 1914 Mr H Cope was resident in Russell St Woonona –1,
    • Mr H Cope still resident in Russell St Woonona in 1915 – 1, in 1917 – 1, and also in 1918 – 1, 2,
    • in 1914 Mr W Cope was a Secretary for the Grand United order of Oddfellows 35th Annual Sports Boxing Day at Bulli – 1,
    • D Cope in 1914 advertising a 13 acre paddock in Woonona suitable for grazing – 1,
    • 1915 Cotterell handled the sale of the Cope Estate Properties – shop next to Edmondsons passing to Mr Simmons and a butcher shop sale was anticipated – 1, 2,
      • “WOONONA Sale of Valuable Town Property (In the Estate of the late S . A. COPE) By instructions from and on behalf the Beneficiaries. By Auction, at the Central Sale Rooms, Bulli- Woonona, at 2. 30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 1,
      • LOT 1,— Being Lot 1 of Campbell’s Subbivision, having a frontage to the Main Road of 110 feet l in., by a depth on the north side of 180 ft 71/2 in, by a depth on the south side of 215ft 6in, with all improvements thereon. This block, the premier site of the town, is immediately opposite the Bulli Royal Hotel, and is exceptionally adapted for business purposes, occupying a commanding position easily distinguishable from all parts of the surrounding districts .
      • LOT 2. — Being Allotment 5 of Section C of the same subdivision in the centre of the business quarter of the Town, with ; 40 ft frontage to the Main. Road, by ‘depths of 225 ft 1 3/4 in over 224 ft 1 1/2 in.  Immediately adjoins Mr P D Edmondson’s Grocery Establishment, and is opposite the Princess Theatre.  Qn this block is erected a double-fronted shop and  residence of seven rooms, with smaller shop adjoining.
      • For years past no sites suitable, for business establishments have been procurable within the business quarter of Woonona, therefore the placing, upon the market of property so advantageously situated should engage the earnest attention of investors in Real Estate, where ^he supply is next to nil, and the demand active and increasing.
      • Terms at Sale – H F Cotterell Will sell as above at 2.30 pm on Wednesday September 1st. . Messrs  Russell & McClelland, Solicitors to Estate
      • Thus Lot 1 would have been opposite where McDonalds is today – and Lot 2 along the Main Road – Russell St intersection extending south towards Campbell St intersection where there the main shops in Woonona today.
    • 1916 – Cope Bros seeking to subdivide land west of the Bulli Cottage Hospital – 1,
    • 1919 – Mr S E Cope of Hospital Rd Bulli was involved in the British Association Football – 1, 23, – and also in 1921 – 1,
    • 1920 a Mr S Cope of Russell St was advertising a cottage for rent in Woonona – 1,
    • 1920 – Mr W G Cope was advertising fruit and vegetables for auction / sale at the People’s Mart in Woonona – 1, 2, 3,
    • Also in 1920 Mr W G Cope was advertising the contents of a cottage in Coledale, the cottage being removed to the People’s Mart in Woonona – 1,
    • 1921 – W G Cope is an auctioneer of fruit – 1,
    • 1923 – Mr W G Cope was involved in the Woonona Coursing Club – meeting to be held at the Royal Hotel in Woonona – 1,
    • 1927 – Mr S E Cope was a judge at the Juvenile Ball in the School of Arts (uncertain if Thirroul or Woonona – Bulli) – 1,
    • 1938 – Mr Herbert Cope who survived the 1887 Bulli Mine Disaster won the State Lottery – 1,
    • 1951 – Alfred Cope, Butcher of Woonona – Deceased Inestate – application made by his son David Gilbert Cope – 1,
    • 1953 – Death of Mr Herbert Cope aged 84 of 548 Railway Parade who survived the Bulli Mine Disaster of 1887 – 1,
  • Dumbrell
    • 1893 – S Dumbrell playing cricket for Bulli Butchers in 1893 – 1,
    • A S Dumbrell establishing new premises in Woonona in 1929 and then several months later in 1929 was selling a butchers premises on the Main Road in Woonona
  • Farrell
    • 1885 – Thomas Farrell is  a butcher in Bulli – 1,
    • 1888 – Thos Farrell owed money – 1,
    • 1890 – Thos Farrell Butcher closed for Christmas holiday – 12,
    • 1895 – T Farrell at Butchers meeting at Bode’s – 1,
  • Floyd
    • J Floyd Butcher of Bulli in 1873 – 1, 2
    • J Floyd Butcher of Bulli in 1874 – 1,
    • J Floyd & W Floyd playing cricket for Bulli Butchers in 1893 – 1,
    • James Floyd a butcher in Thirroul in 1923
    • 1919 – J Floyd butcher of Bulli is seeking an employee – 1,
    • negotiating for a site for a Slaughter yard at Copes Bush – 1926 – 1,
  • Gwyther
    • 1945 – J Gwyther issuing notice to stay off his slaughter yard  Copes Bush at top of Organs Rd Bulli
  • Liverpool Firm
    • unnamed firm establishing a Butcher’s and Slaughter yard in Bulli in 1909
  • McKenzie
    • 1893 – playing cricket for Wollongong Butchers in 1893 – 1,
    • 1895 – W McKenzie at Butchers meeting at Bode’s – 1,
  • Nichols
    • in a butcher partnership with Cope at Bulli in 1886
  • Vidler
    • 1864 – Samuel Vidler Butcher of Bulli is a new insolvent – 1, 2,
  • Williams

In 1910 the Inspector for Bulli Shire Council reported that there were 12 Butchers Shops in the Shire and all were generally in a clean and sanitary condition.

And what of the Woonona Creamery in 1894 ? Its directors included A Ryan of Balgownie, SA Cope of Bulli, W McKenzie of Wollongong, A Lang of Balgownie, J Farraher of Bellambi, W Wilson of Bellambi and J Gahan of Woonona.