Looking back 50 and 25 years | IN THE PAST

CITY CENTRE: This footbridge from the Johnston Street end of Trail Street across to the Victory Memorial Gardens was replaced by Ivan Jack Drive in 1962.

CITY CENTRE: This footbridge from the Johnston Street end of Trail Street across to the Victory Memorial Gardens was replaced by Ivan Jack Drive in 1962.

Compiled from The Daily Advertiser by the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society

25 YEARS AGO

Wagga’s mayor, Pat Brassil, received the highest number of primary votes with in the Wagga City Council Elections with second placed candidate being Lindsay Vidler from the Wagga Ratepayers Association.

New City Council Aldermen following the election are Dennis Blackett, Geoff Burch, Kay Hull, Ken McKenzie and Lindsay Vidler.

Maree Rooke won “Women’s High Gun” with a record 375 hits from 400 targets at the National Skeet championships.

Around 400 people attended a shooters rally at the Leagues Club and voted to denounce tighter gun controls proposed by the State Government.

Dianne Jacobsen has been awarded Life Membership of the Wagga Eisteddfod Society.

Kooringal Rotary President, Tony Quinlivan, announced that Wagga will soon have a fifth Rotary Club sponsored by Kooringal Rotary and in the form of a “breakfast club”.

Tandy electronics are advertising a cordless telephone for $249.95, a saving of $80.

Sandra Donohue was awarded Life Membership of the Wagga Netball Association.

NSW Country Kart titles were staged by the Wagga and District Kart Club at the Ross Plum Raceway at Ladysmith.

50 YEARS AGO

Wagga City Council has deferred consideration of parking changes in Johnston, Tarcutta, Sturt and Gurwood Streets until early in 1968.

Circulation of The Daily Advertiser reached an August record this year of 9180 papers per week.

The Baptist Church is celebrating its 25th anniversary in Wagga.

Wagga pharmacist, M Hamill, has returned from a five day conference of the Asian Pharmacists Association which was held in Tokyo.

Wagga’s Red Arrow City tour was officially opened by F Gaven, director of the NSW Department of Tourist Activities.

 Member for Wagga  WC Fife announced that 45 new timber and brick veneer houses costing almost $300,000 will be built in Wagga for the Housing Commission.

Wagga City Council has approved the addition of seven motel units costing $18,800 to the Palm and Pawn Hotel at North Wagga.

Wagga High School Principal, WC Atkinson has been transferred as principal of Taree High School from the start of 1967.

President of the Wagga branch of the RSL, Harold Fife, presented a cheque for $12,000 to Wendy Tucker for the Haven old people’s home. The money was part of a bequest to the RSL by the late Forbie Sullivan.

Wagga defeated Albury by 600 pins in a six frame inter-town match at the Wagga Ten Pin Bowling centre.

Wagga Show secretary, Bill Lampe, said there had been a large increase in the arts and craft sections at the Wagga Show.

· Wagga Theatre Club production of Carousel has opened at the Civic Theatre.

What’s on

Sunday, September 18 at 10.30am: Historic Engine Club Museum, Baden Powell Drive opens today.

Monday, September 19 at 7.30pm: Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society AGM, Museum of the Riverina, Botanic Gardens. Guest speaker Luke Grearly. Phone 6922 3614.

Tuesday, September 20 at 5pm: Monthly Meeting Wagga Rail Heritage Association at Wagga Railway Station.

Wednesday, September 21 at 7.30pm: Wagga & District Family History Society, 24 Tarakan Avenue. AGM and quiz night. Phone 6925 0319.

Wednesday, September 21 at 10.30am: Historic Engine Club Museum, Baden Powell Drive opens today.

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  • Contact Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society at www.wwdhs.org.au  or on Facebook at wagga.history.
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