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The wild men of the 22 mile camp: ‘Here the visitor must either shout or fight’

By MICK ROBERTS © AMERICA’S Wild West could be considered tame compared to the wilderness separating what is today Sydney’s southern suburbs from the Illawarra region, during the mid to late 1880s. Notorious shantytowns sprang up in the bushland to… Read More ›

Sutherland’s Railway Hotel, where half-naked, drunken men ‘fought like tigers’, their ‘disfigured faces bruised and torn’

By MICK ROBERTS © THE workers camps that sprang up for the men building the government railway south of Sydney during the mid to late 1880s became notorious for their violence and heavy drinking. The camps, which also included men… Read More ›

Bellambi’s ‘other hotel’ was a harbourside pub frequented by hard-drinking waterside workers and sailors

By MICK ROBERTS © WHILE many who call Bellambi home know of their historic watering hole by the railway station, some may be surprised to learn of their first pub, down by the sea. Today’s Bellambi Hotel – opened in… Read More ›

Hidden behind a modern facade is one of Sydney’s oldest pubs: The Stonemasons’ Arms/Victoria Inn, Ultimo – 1834-1867

By MICK ROBERTS © RUBBING my hands over the damp, cold sandstone walls of what could be Sydney’s oldest pub cellar, I knew there was a story to be told. A brief tour around what remains of Edward Turner’s 1834… Read More ›

Way before Sydney’s Hilton Hotel offered beds to travellers, there was the notorious Bull’s Head Inn

By MICK ROBERTS © SPEAKING at the officially opening of the Sydney Royal Arcade in 1882, a council alderman described the Bull’s Head Inn and surrounding shops as “massed filthy dens and cesspits”, and their demolition to make way for… Read More ›

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