Looking back 50 and 25 years from The Daily Advertiser by the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society.

PAST: Although the railway reached North Wagga in 1878, the bridge over the Murrumbidgee River was not completed until November 1880 with the first train crossing January 16, 1881. Picture: Sherry Morris Collection

PAST: Although the railway reached North Wagga in 1878, the bridge over the Murrumbidgee River was not completed until November 1880 with the first train crossing January 16, 1881. Picture: Sherry Morris Collection

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

25 YEARS AGO

Council’s Chief health surveyor, Alan Larcombe, said that 82.4 per cent of households were putting out recycling bins and this was a great credit to the city.

Riverina Plaza, Tobacconist, Terry Crompton has blamed increasing cigarette taxes for the closure of his store.

Tony Pritchard returned as newsreader for Prime Local News.

Council committee and city engineer, Laurie Fromholtz, has recommended a clean-up of Wollundry Lagoon following an outbreak of blue-green algae earlier this year.

The first residents of the $1.5 million Wagga RSL Remembrance Village have moved in with World War I veteran, Ted Drake, the first to arrive.

Wagga TAFE is offering a full-time horticultural operations course at its North Wagga campus.

Tariff cuts and cheap imports have been blamed for the closure of Wagga’s Fletcher Jones menswear store.

Phillippa Hill and Bernadette Drum were among debutantes presented to Member for Hume, Wal Fife at this year’s Catholic Debutante Ball.

hFisherman’s Retreat at the Old Wagga Inn is advertising a monster seafood buffet with a half lobster and all you can eat from the buffet for $35.

50 YEARS AGO

Wagga City Council wants to remove the 106-year-old verandah from the Union Club Hotel but this is being opposed by many locals and proprietor of the hotel, Mr C Pelc.

Principal, Mr M E Hale has appointed himself as women’s warden of the Wagga Teacher’s College after woman lecturers at the college refused to take the job.

Mr and Mrs R J Green celebrated Mrs Green’s birthday at Romano’s Hotel.

The old Exchange Hotel, now known as the John Macarthur Hotel, has been transformed into one of the most modern and spacious hotels in Wagga.

Exhibition Secretary, Mrs C Toy, said the eighteenth annual exhibition by members of the Wagga Art Society will be opened next week by mayor, Ald R J Harris.

A white velvet gown was chosen by Miss Robyn May Hull for her marriage to Mr James Leslie Olsen at St Johns, Church of England, Wagga.

District Agronomist, Mr H A Woodward said that the Southern Agricultural Region needed an inch of rain before mid-July to assure a successful season.

WHAT’S ON:  June 18 at 10.30am, Historic Engine Club Museum, Baden Powell Drive open. June 19 at 7.30pm, Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society Meeting, "Show and Tell" Museum of the Riverina, Botanic Gardens. Phone 6922 3614. June 21 at 7.30pm. Wagga & District Family History Society, 24 Tarakan Avenue. “Childhood Memories” Phone 6925 0319.

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