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

TRAVEL THROUGH TIME: A look back at Wagga Wagga's rich history over the last 25 and 50 years. Compiled by the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society from the Daily Advertiser.
TRAVEL THROUGH TIME: A look back at Wagga Wagga's rich history over the last 25 and 50 years. Compiled by the Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society from the Daily Advertiser.

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

25 Years Ago

Wayne Sutherland, owner of the Cococabana nightspot in Baylis Street has lodged a development application with Wagga City Council for a $1.2 million, 1200-person entertainment venue in Edward Street.

Festival Chairman Reg Whitelaw has announced a Jimmy Barnes concert has been confirmed as part of the Festival of Wagga combined with the World Championship Gumi Race.

Val Kingham was elected president of Wagga’s CWA branch with Jean Newbound as secretary and Heather Spencer as treasurer.

For the twelfth consecutive year, Wagga Yachtsman, Gary Williams has finished in the top five of the Paper Tiger class races held on Port Phillip Bay.

Wagga’s first Methodist Church on the Junee Road at Brucedale has been listed by Peter Dale Real Estate for sale by auction.

Senior lecturer in Wine Science, at Charles Sturt University, Dr Malcolm Allen said a grant of $150,000 will help develop analytical resources for grape and wine research.

Director of the Accident and Emergency Department at Wagga Base Hospital, Dr Joe McGirr said asthma cases bought to the hospital were lower than usual this year possibly because of a wet spring and summer.

50 Years Ago

Wagga Magpies Rugby League Club is signing its brilliant young five-eighth, John Mavroudis on a three year contract.

Kyeamba Shire Council has requested improvements to the road between Forest Hill and Wagga as the Department of Motor Transport announces the introduction of a 45mph speed restriction on the road.

Southern Riverina County Council Chairman, Mr Cec Toy, announced completion of the new $200,000 Electricity Works Centre in Hammond Avenue.

Miss Janet Mary Good wore her grandmother’s 80-year-old engagement ring as the traditional “something old” when she married Mr Allan Robert Wall in the Wesley Methodist Church.

Paul Oakley, Scott Wheelhouse, Robert McDonald, Jeff Wilson and Judith Craig were among those students gaining outstanding passes in the first Higher School Certificate examinations held late last year.

Wagga registrar, Mr K Inglis said there were 81 more births and 60 fewer deaths in Wagga during 1967 compared to the previous year.

Jack Jones has been re-elected president of the East Wagga Australian Rules Football Club.

Member for Wagga, Wal Fife announced the $50,000 first stage of a new primary school at Tolland would be built this year.

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