Bulli, Thirroul & Corrimal Stories

Everyone has a story. Listen to the memories of local residents as they recount their experiences of living in the Bulli, Thirroul & Corrimal areas.

Click on the residents’ names or photos for more information and to listen to their stories.


Bronwen Chamberlain Profile Photo

Bronwen Chamberlain 
Bulli

Bronwen grew up in Bulli. When she married, Bronwen lived at and operated Bulli Lookout Kiosk for twenty five years from 1950.

Listen to Bronwen’s story here.

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Dorothy Sefton - Profile Photo

Dorothy Sefton
Thirroul

Dorothy has lived in Thirroul for over ninety years and has many memories of life in the community.

Listen to Dorothy’s story here.

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Joyce Chapman
Corrimal

Joyce remembers happy days at Woonona as a child and has lived at Corrimal for most of her life.

Listen to Joyce’s story here.

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Judy Bourke
Woonona

Judy is a community-minded pioneer who has been active within social and art movements in the Illawarra. She loves the sea and working creatively.

Listen to Judy’s story here.

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Robert Parsons Profile PortraitRobert Parsons
Corrimal

Robert trained and worked as a typewriter mechanic and lived in East Corrimal with his wife Betty and their family. He was a member of the Arcadian Theatre Group and has a wonderful tenor voice.

Listen to Robert’s story here.

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Thirroul Ski Club IconThirroul Ski Club
Thirroul

Thirroul Ski Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2019. Two early members – Gordon McComb and Hans Buettner – were interviewed.

Listen to Gordon and Hans’s story here.

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Thirroul Poetry Club Portrait IconThirroul Poetry Club
Thirroul

The Thirroul Poetry Club meets at Thirroul Library at 4-5 PM on Tuesdays and shares poetry written by members.

Listen to the Thirroul Poetry Club’s story here.

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GrevilleaParkIconIllawarra Grevillea Park

Illawarra Grevillea Park contains extensive display gardens and a rainforest. Grevilleas play a prominent role in the gardens, which feature plants from all over Australia. The park is maintained by a small group of volunteers, several of whom have been interviewed.

Access the volunteers’ interviews here.


This is an ongoing project and we welcome your contribution. If you are interested in sharing your recollections of Bulli, Thirroul and Corrimal please contact us.

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