Looking back 50 and 25 years | IN THE PAST

SPORT: Wagga High School Tennis Team about 1946. For team members names go to www.wwdhs.org.au/6159-2. Picture: Sherry Morris collection

SPORT: Wagga High School Tennis Team about 1946. For team members names go to www.wwdhs.org.au/6159-2. Picture: Sherry Morris collection

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

25 YEARS AGO

The large cedar Christmas tree in the Victory Memorial Gardens will be lit up from December 2 until January 4.

Tony Quinlivan, president of Kooringal Rotary, presented an award to John Vrolyks for his services to Wagga in basketball, netball and all youth sports.

Sarah-Jane Gibbons, 7, from North Wagga Public School was placed second in the Australia-wide Dorothea Mackellar Memorial Poetry Competition with her poem, The Earth’s Friend.

The Sturt Mall shopping centre, now more than 11 years old, has been sold to an unknown buyer for $10.5 million after being passed in at auction earlier this year for $10.3 million.

Approval has been given for a $5.3 million plan to upgrade the Wagga Court which includes taking over the Sturt Street police station.

Wagga archivist, Alan Ives from Charles Sturt University, is the first Australian to be appointed as a committee member of the International Round Table of Archives.

Doug Thomas, regional supervisor for the Department of Public Works thanked Peter Miller who has retired after 27 years working with the department.

General Manager of Ansett Express, Jon Hutchinson, said that F28 jet services between Wagga and Sydney would resume soon, after an absence of more than two years, with a weekly service.

Ald Roger Gregory urged council to support a recommendation to implement a household recycling program.

50 YEARS AGO

Mr R J (Bob) Harris is retiring from the Education Department having spent the last 24 years as a maths teacher at Wagga High School. He has also been an alderman for 17 years including two terms as Wagga’s Deputy Mayor.

Mr David Fairbairn, Minister for National Development and local member for Farrer, had a landslide win with an absolute majority of more than 11,000 votes in the Federal Election.

Mr Dick Eldershaw was elected president of the Wagga branch of the Grazier’s Association and will be the nominee to the NSW Graziers General Council.

Ald R J Harris was elected Mayor of Wagga defeating the retiring Mayor, Ald I J Jack by six votes to five. Ald Jack had been mayor for 11 terms including a record eight years in succession.

Retiring president, Mr Jack Kenyon, said that membership of the Wagga City Golf Club was now closed with 483 members, 308 associate members and 107 social members.

In one of the hottest November days on record temperatures in the Riverina were as high as 110 degrees on November 30, the last day of spring.

David Jones supermarket is advertising 16oz frozen peas for 2/3 and 12oz Ideal evaporated milk for 1/-.  Colgate toothpaste is 3/11 and 3oz Deb instant mashed potato 1/9.

More than 200 children are beginning learn to swim classes at the Wagga City Baths said organiser, Mr Brian Robertson.

Chamber of Commerce President, Mr R A Johnson said that Wagga business houses may declare a half day holiday for the Wagga Gold Cup next May.

A total of 21 Wagga students were awarded Commonwealth Scholarships for School Certificate candidates.

Wagga’s Botanical Gardens were placed first and the Victory Memorial gardens third in the major section of the Riverina Zone for the Sydney Morning Herald gardens competition.

What’s on

December 2 at 7.30pm: Wagga Veterans & Vintage Motor Club. Phone 6922 4674.

December 4 at 10.30am: Historic Engine Club Museum, Baden Powell Drive opens today.

December 10 at 1pm: Tumba Rail at Ladysmith Railway Station.

December 14 at 6.30pm: Christmas party Wagga and District Family History Society 24 Tarakan Avenue.  Phone 6925 0319.

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

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

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