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

BEGINNINGS: An early photo of tree lined Gurwood Street looking east. Contact Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society at www.wwdhs.org.au  or on Facebook at wagga.history. Picture: Sherry Morris collection

BEGINNINGS: An early photo of tree lined Gurwood Street looking east. Contact Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society at www.wwdhs.org.au or on Facebook at wagga.history. Picture: Sherry Morris collection

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

25 YEARS AGO

Wagga Base Hospital director of nursing, Pat Stephenson has retired after 19 years’ service in the area.

More than 500 people attended the ordination as priests of Peter Joseph and Peter Murphy by 60 priests in a two-hour service at St Michael’s Catholic Cathedral.

Sr Brigid, the Sister administrator at Calvary Hospital, has launched an advertising campaign to ease confusion about the different levels of private medical insurance available at the hospital.

Wagga Harness Racing Club held an emergency meeting believed to be related to problems with the $1.7 million upgrade of facilities at the Wagga Showground.

Stuart’s Kooringal Store advertises the “cheapest milk in Wagga” with Garden City milk $1.79 for 2 litres. Fresh Bread is 79c per loaf..

Wagga basketballer Lisa Moore was named in the NSW girls under 16 squad to compete at the national carnival in Perth.

John Colquhoun, SRCC county clerk from 1957 until 1978, has died in Melbourne.

Outgoing President, Tony Dominguez handed the Wagga Rotary Charter to Incoming President, John Cullen at their changeover dinner held at the Wagga Commercial Club.

50 YEARS AGO

The Department of Railways has advised that trains have the right of way and will not stop for vehicles at the Lake Albert Road level crossing.

Ian Bell, managing director of Bell’s Soft Drinks, has been re-elected president of Country Soft Drinks Manufacturers Association.

Mr and Mrs Jim Stenmark were amongst those attending 25th wedding anniversary celebrations for Mr and Mrs Cos Small at Romano’s Hotel.

Four Wagga Rovers, Peter Duff, Charles Merritt, Rodney Hale and Malcolm Nixon leave soon for Fiji where they will be guests of the Boy Scouts Association in Suva.

Work is progressing on the new children’s ward at Wagga Base Hospital.

The new scoreboard at the Wagga High School Oval has been named after E S Siebels in recognition of his nine years’ service as treasurer of the tuckshop committee.

Mr M H Chamberlain, secretary of the Wagga Co-operative Building Societies said that a new loan facility with a 31-year term would help to overcome the acute shortage of home finance in Wagga.

The Wagga Club’s Association has been formed by the cities registered clubs with the Chairman, Mr Jack Dennis and Secretary Mr Wal Spokes.

WHAT’S ON: July 16 at 10.30am, Historic Engine Club Museum, Baden Powell Drive open. July 19 at 7.30pm, Wagga & District Family History Society, 24 Tarakan Avenue "Christmas in July". Phone 6925 0319. July 21 at 10am, Wagga & District Historical Society, Wagga Railway Barracks, lunch at Astor. Phone 6922 3614.

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