Public bar of the Shakespeare Hotel, Surry Hills, Sydney 2018. Photo: Time Gents.
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TIME Gents is a collection of short histories, reviews, stories and newspaper reports relating to pubs and the industry and culture that grew-up around them in Australia.
Time Gents also feature stories from Mick Roberts’ Looking Back website, established in the year 2000, highlighting stories of pubs, publicans and their customers in the Illawarra and Sydney regions of Australia.
Time Gents was chosen on July 8 2015 to be re-archived regularly by PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, a growing collection of Australian online publications, established initially by the National Library of Australia in 1996, and now built in collaboration with nine other Australian libraries and cultural collecting organisations.
PANDORA, was established by the National Library in 1996 and is a collection of historic online publications relating to Australia and Australians. Online publications and web sites are selected for inclusion in the collection with the purpose of providing long-term and persistent access to them.
Mick Roberts specialises in pub history and its associated culture and has been researching the liquor industry in the Illawarra region in view of publishing a book on the subject.
The book will highlight the role the hotel and liquor industry has played in the development of the region, featuring tales, yarns and a detailed listing of all licensed publicans, brewers and liquor merchants in the Illawarra region from when the first hotel was licensed in 1830 to 1930. He always welcomes contact from families and people with a connection to the hotel industry in the region.
A newspaper journalist with an interest in Australian cultural and social history, Mick has been writing on the subject for 30 years. He has researched, and had published, the history of the Illawarra region in NSW in various newspapers, industry magazines and websites since 1987.
Mick began his career as a journalist with the Wollongong Northern News, eventually becoming editor of the newspaper in the mid 1990s. With a silent partner he established a weekly newspaper, the now defunct Wollongong & Northern Leader in 1998. Originally established as the Corrimal Post and Northern Suburbs Messenger, the newspaper was taken over by the Corrimal Chamber of Commerce in 1999 and renamed The Northern Leader. It was acquired by the Fairfax Group and closed in recent years.
Mick remained on as a journalist, after the Chamber of Commerce purchased the newspaper, eventually taking the role as editor after the newspaper was sold to the Weston family. He remained with the newspaper until February 2007 when he accepted the editorship of a new weekly Wollongong newspaper – The Local Citizen.
Mick relocated to Sydney in 2008 where he took the role as a senior journalist with Bankstown based Torch Publications, first looking after the weekly, Auburn Review Pictorial, and later the weekly, Bankstown Canterbury Torch.
During 2008 he was also a senior journalist with Sydney City News.
After a short stint with News Limited’s Cumberland Newspaper Group as a journalist with the Liverpool Leader in late 2010, Mick returned to Torch Publications, where he was employed as senior journalist with the Canterbury Bankstown Torch, the Inner West Times, Auburn Review and Lifestyle magazine, until 2019.
Mick also moderates the not-for-profit news website The Bulli Times, which features news and information from the northern districts of the Illawarra region in NSW.