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 

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

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

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

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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Tracee Lea
Grevillea Park

Tracee talks about her experiences as a volunteer in the Illawarra Grevillea Park.

Listen to Tracee’s story here.


Robert Parsons Profile PortraitRobert Parsons

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.


Grevillea Park Chapel Profile PortraitHess Saunders
Grevillea Park

Hess has lived a long life as an educator and has always been passionate about Australian plants. Now he is involved in the Illawarra Grevillea Park.

Listen to Hess’s story here.


Mark Ziebell Portrait IconMark Ziebell
Grevillea Park

Mark talks about the process of obtaining seeds to grow plants at the Illawarra Grevillea Park, as well as current and upcoming projects.

Listen to Mark’s story here.


John Elton Profile IconJohn Elton
Grevillea Park

John discusses grafting and caring for plants, funding of the Illawarra Grevillea Park, and its future projects and challenges.

Listen to John’s story here.


Thirroul Ski Club IconThirroul Ski Club

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.


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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