Various lockdown hacks and escapes — 27 — lunch

Having spent a great deal of yesterday here and on Facebook grappling with IPCC 2021 and related matters, I propose another foodie and friends kind of post — rather like #24 in this series. All but one of the photos are drawn from my mothballed photo blog.

The Shakespeare in Surry Hills — scene of many a great lunch
Lining up for lunch at City Diggers, Wollongong — July 2011
Sunday lunch in the Trinity Bar, Surry Hills — 2010
Same — and that looks like Sirdan on the phone.
Same — fellow lunchers…
Kiama — January 2010 — Sirdan and I had a good meal of flathead fillets, chips and salad here.

My first home-made stirfry for a while, due to adhering to the stay-at-home orders we are under at the moment here in The Gong — and quite a few other places in NSW. Not too bad, but next time I will marinade the meat for a while before cooking. That will probably be today, come to think about it.

Tuesday;s lunch

Some March recycles — each one dated

Since it is Chris T’s birthday today, I will share some items we shared. We do miss Red Dragon at Steelers….

Alas, no more: Chinese restaurant at Steelers….

Food and TV

Posted on March 16, 2013 by Neil

And why not?


This hotpot really was hot!  Yes, lunch yesterday at Steelers.

At the Kiama Jazz and Blues Festival — 1

Posted on March 9, 2013 by Neil


Paul Robert Burton Trio – excellent


Some of the crowd


Acca Daiquiris at Kiama Leagues Club

Wollongong through the eyes of others

Some selected videos of my area. Broadly defined as some include Shellharbour and Kiama. But first an old one of mine. This video has pics from my first three months back in The Gong (2010). And my favourite Chinese music.

Now a lovely vid — not mine — that includes the Kiama blowhole. Visitors love our sea coast.

You see quite a bit of Wollongong Hospital in this next one — and of the town. Filmed in 2019. Again not mine.

Finally a view from above (2016).

201 years ago at Minnamurra River

Between Shellharbour, my father’s birthplace, and Kiama. See Random Friday memory 22 – Beethoven in Minnamurra. Last night it featured in WIN local news.

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A memorial has been set up marking the Minnamurra Massacre of October 1, 1818.

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Here is an account from Mike Donaldson, Les Bursill and Mary Jacobs, A History of Aboriginal Illawarra, Volume 2: Colonisation, Dharawal Publications, Yowie Bay, 2017.

The fate of the people of Illawarra was sealed by a notice from the Governor in the Sydney Gazette of 28 September 1816. Those who have obtained promises of allotments are hereby required to avail themselves of the approaching occasion of the surveyors being on duty in Illawarra to get their locations marked out to them and for this purpose they are required to meet the Surveyor General at the hut of Mr Throsby’s Stockman in Illawarra, or the Five Islands district, at noon on Monday, 2 December 1816.

In the hut of Throsby’s stockman, at what now is the corner of Smith and Harbour Streets in Wollongong, that fateful meeting resulted in 2,100 hectares of Dharawal land being given to five non-resident gentlemen. These grants were practically free and each landholder was provided with convicts to do whatever work his stockmen required. The formal stealing and occupation of Dharawal land had commenced.

But taking the land by legal fiction was one thing, securing it was another. In October 1818 Lieutenant Weston, land owner at Dapto and Cornelius O’Brien, formerly a stockman at Sandon Point and now the overseer of a property at
Yallah, organised a group of seven labourers and convicts. Unusually armed with muskets, cutlasses and pikes, they headed to Kiama supposedly to fetch two muskets lent to a group of people living on the Minnamurra River. According to Young Bundle, who was long trusted by the British, the posse killed all the people at the camp.

Word of the massacre spread rapidly through the community. Responding as one, they very quickly returned all the guns –– quite a few –– that they had borrowed from the whites, removing that excuse for further acts of evil.

The attackers admitted only to wounding a boy in self-defence. After a sharp letter of protest from Charles Throsby to Governor Macquarie, the murders were investigated by D’Arcy Wentworth, the Principal Superintendent of Police, along with other magistrates. They took no action against the killers despite a letter from Governor Macquarie to D’Arcy Wentworth expressing his “surprise, regret and displeasure” at their findings.

This process of land alienation was repeated in Shellharbour where another small group of white men met on 9 January 1821 to give to and receive from each other more Dharawal country. Very soon, D’Arcy Wentworth, the colony’s Principal Superintendent of Police, Principal Surgeon and founder of the Bank of NSW, owned more than 5,000 hectares of mainly Wodi Wodi clan land, in addition to the land he already owned elsewhere. And the clearings continued.