Royal Hotel Wollongong

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 ›

The Baby Farmers: The former Wollongong publicans who murdered a dozen babies

By MICK ROBERTS © THE 19th century produced many notorious publicans. Arguably though, none were as notorious as the ‘baby farmers’, John and Sarah Makin, one time hosts of Wollongong’s Royal Alfred Hotel. John and Sarah Jane Makin were convicted in 1893… 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 ›

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