History snippet #1Up until 1886 when St Joseph’s Church at Bulli was opened St Francis Xavier’s Church was the closest Catholic Church for those living in Corrimal. The only means of transport would have been by horse drawn vehicle or on foot. The road north of Fairy Meadow was just a track until 1847. The road to Bulli along the present highway was not possible until after the 1870s and initially a toll was charged for using this road. The railway between Clifton and Wollongong was not opened until 1887. After Mass many families would have a picnic lunch in the Church yard or Bulli Beach. The new St Columbkille’s Church in Corrimal was blessed and opened by the Rt Rev Monsignor O’Brien, President of St John’s College Sydney, on Sunday 28 September 1902 at 11am. The original contract price of the new Church was £413 but with improvements and additions the final cost was £565 16s 6d. The total debt was £297 3s 11d. After the sermons given by Father Dunne and Monsignor O’Brien a further £94 was received within half an hour.