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

LIFE ON THE LAND: McLaurin family members weighing a bag of chaff. A steam traction engine probably powering the chaff cutter is visible in the background. Contact: www.wwdhs.org.au. Picture: CSURA RW83_59
LIFE ON THE LAND: McLaurin family members weighing a bag of chaff. A steam traction engine probably powering the chaff cutter is visible in the background. Contact: www.wwdhs.org.au. Picture: CSURA RW83_59

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

25 YEARS AGO

Ian Nesbitt, manager of Nesbitt’s Furniture, has called for a substantial re-think on city planning including consideration of a “great southern by-pass”.

Wagga Patrol Commander, Chief Inspector Kevin Wales, said a special taskforce has been established to fight a rise in crime in the city.

Western Airlines managing director, Max Cochrane said its first Griffith/Wagga flight took off from Wagga Airport with three passengers on board the 10-seater Piper Chieftain aircraft.

Mrs Sue Ticehurst and Mrs Carol Lawler have been appointed to the Haven as Director and Deputy Director of Nursing following the retirement of the long serving Mrs Norma Rava and Sister Joan Vickery.

The Wagga office of Nationwide Realty, headed by Geoff McGilvray and Michael Kennedy, won two awards at Nationwide’s annual awards dinner held at the Sydney Hilton.

Applications close this week for a Rotary Group study exchange to Maine in the US which will be led Simon Terry from the Rotary Club of Wagga Sunrise.

The new trotting and greyhound complex at the Wagga Showground was officially opened by the Minister for Sport, Recreation and Racing, Joe Schipp.

John Ashton from Wollundry Rotary presented $1500 to three students at Wagga Technology High School to attend special science and engineering schools.

50 YEARS AGO

Morris Gissing received nearly 3000 votes more than his nearest opponent when he was elected to Wagga City Council in a by-election to fill a vacancy caused by the recent death of Ald F White.

Well known wagga couple, Mr and Mrs John Ryan, celebrated their wedding anniversary at Romano’s Hotel dinner-dance.

Mrs Dorothy Fellowes captain of the Tarcutta Girl Guide Company has passed tests for her Guiders Camp Patrol Permit.

Woolworth’s are advertising self-raising and plain flour in 2lb packets for 14c and 3.25 lb tender joy chickens for $1.25

Ashmont Primary School was officially opened by Minister for Education, Mr Charles Cutler.

Mrs Peter Martin and Mrs Eric Paull won the scratch event at the Country Club tournament.

The Night of Beautiful Windows, a pre-Christmas treat provided annually by David Jones drew a large crowd.

Minister for Health, Mr H Jago opened the remodelled children’s ward at Wagga Base Hospital.

Wagga Mayor, Ald R J Harris, congratulated Hardy’s on the establishment of the Wagga Building Information Centre.

WHAT’S ON: November 5 at  10.30am: Historic Engine Club Museum, Baden Powell Drive. November 11 at 1pm: Tumba Rail at Ladysmith Railway Station.