Illawarra Hotels

Bellambi pub had its own private passenger train to take guests to beach

NOT many pubs can boast of their own private passenger train. Well, Bellambi Hotel on the NSW South Coast, can… The pub had its own train, which took guests to the beach. William Wilson, manager of the South Bulli Colliery… Read More ›

Wollongong’s hotel shortage: ‘Double banking’ and in some cases, beds have three shifts a day!

THE hotels in Wollongong, south of Sydney, went through a major transformation during the 1930s, following a population explosion after the establishment of Hoskins Iron and Steel Works at Port Kembla in 1927. The works, a few kilometres south of Wollongong,… Read More ›

Three men slept in shifts in one bed over 24 hours! Wollongong’s hotel bed shortages

THE population of the Wollongong region exploded after Charles Hoskins entered into an agreement with the NSW Government to build a steelworks at Port Kembla in 1927. In 1936, BHP acquired Australian Iron and Steel Limited and production at Port Kembla increased rapidly… Read More ›