Illawarra Hotels

Notorious Austinmer coal miners’ pub became club before burning to the ground

By MICK ROBERTS © THERE are some pubs that even the bravest men would fear to tread. The North Illawarra Hotel at Austinmer, south of Sydney, had that reputation. A coal miners’ pub, it was one of the toughest in… Read More ›

Two true tales from the bar of the long-gone Wollongong Hotel

A BEAUT yarn I recall about a long departed Wollongong pub happened back in the early 1980s during my employment with the now defunct Australian government telecommunications company, Telecom. Basically, my job as an assistant linesman involved helping repair and… Read More ›

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