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

HEALTH CARE: The first Children’s Ward at the Wagga District Hospital was completed in 1922 after a fund-raising campaign was begun in 1919. Picture: CSURA RW58_31
HEALTH CARE: The first Children’s Ward at the Wagga District Hospital was completed in 1922 after a fund-raising campaign was begun in 1919. Picture: CSURA RW58_31

In the Past compiled from the Daily Advertiser by the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society

25 YEARS AGO

Wagga’s rainfall for 1992 was the third highest on record with 923.2 millimetres of rain falling on the city.

The first baby born in Wagga for 1993 was Angela Lei born to Rocky and Kim Lei of Batlow at 1.28am on January 1.

Wagga police stopped more than 480 drivers for speeding including 24 heavy vehicles and three coaches over the Christmas, New Year period.

More than 2000 people, particularly families turned out for the family day, Boxing Day Races at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club.

Vice Chairman of Tourism Wagga Wagga, Phil Horwell was delighted with the large number of visitors to Wagga this festive season - 897 people passed through the Wagga Tourist Information Centre between December 24 and 29.

Wagga Council is spending $140,000 in a clean-up of Wollundry Lagoon aimed at preventing a repeat of last summer’s outbreak of blue green algae.

Grace Bros store manager, Glen Bruce, said their annual stocktake sale was a great success with an estimated one thousand people hurrying through the doors on opening and several thousands more moving through during the day.

All of Wagga’s retail stores including Woolworths, Grace Bros and Coles are closed for New Year’s Day. 

For the third time this month, a person has been stabbed in a Wagga home.

Manager Derek Hoy announced that Wagga Tenpin Bowl was now the first smoke free bowling centre in Australia.

50 YEARS AGO

 More than 8000 people saw Miss Annette McNamara, crowned as Miss Wagga 1968 by Mayor of Wagga, Alderman R J Harris.

Miss Geraldine Roche, sponsored by the RAAF Base Wagga raised the most money for the Quest and becomes the 1968 Charity Queen.

Sisters, Gwenith and Sue Ansell entertained the crowd at the Miss Wagga Festival in the Wagga Civic Theatre gardens.

Mrs A Tipping of Uranquinty gave birth to Wagga’s first baby for 1968 at Calvary Hospital at 3.12am.

The Housing Commission is well under way with a new estate over 40 acres at Kooringal which will provide 200 new homes in one of Wagga’s fastest growing suburbs.

The Forest Hill weather office recorded only 962 points of rain in 1967, the second lowest on record.

Riverina roads claimed 90 lives in 1967 which was nine more than in 1966. Twenty-three people were killed on Wagga roads, two more than in 1966.

The Fourth Wagga Rover Crew manned a Tourist Information caravan at Bolton Park which attracted 224 personal enquiries over four days.

Parks and Gardens superintendent, Mr T Wood said council was taking advantage of low water levels at Lake Albert to tidy up the south-eastern shore near the parking area.

Two sisters, Helen and Ronda Moore, married New Zealanders, Peter Billing of Auckland and Marry Malaquin of Kerepeh in a double ceremony at St Andrews Presbyterian Church.

Mr Jack Geoghegan, captain of the Duke of Kent Hotel darts team, presented the teams premiership trophy for safekeeping to Mr and Mrs Kevin Kelly licensees of the hotel.

The Wagga-Temerloh Good Neighbour Association is providing three-year secondary scholarships to five Malaysian schoolchildren.

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