Lifting the Lid on 100 Years at Coolangatta: Bruce Bishop

The secrets of the last 100 years of history of the Coolangatta village in the Shoalhaven district of NSW, and the Bishop family’s role in the preservation of the Coolangatta Estate.


‘Bruce Bishop’s remarkable tale of the history of Coolangatta is a must read. Colin Bishop’s vision of turning a South Coast dairy farm in to a well known tourist resort is beyond belief. His determination, considering the hurdles he encountered, is a credit to an amazing individual. A life well lived.’ – Greg Scott, bush poet

‘This is an important addition to the written history of the Shoalhaven district. In covering 100 years that the Bishop family has lived at Coolangatta, it describes in detail the lifestyles of the different generations.

Residents of today and into the future should be grateful that Colin Bishop with the support of his family, saved for posterity, important remnants of the original European settlement in this district. Their efforts in tourism including hospitality, winemaking and golf have all benefited the Shoalhaven. 

Bruce Bishop is to be commended for not holding back as he describes the family’s journey. – Alan Clark, historian and author of many books on the history of the Shoalhaven district.


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