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

GOLDEN GIRL: Former Olympian, Commonwealth Games medallist and the first Australian to swim the English Channel Linda McGill opened the new extensions at the Wagga Leagues Club.
GOLDEN GIRL: Former Olympian, Commonwealth Games medallist and the first Australian to swim the English Channel Linda McGill opened the new extensions at the Wagga Leagues Club.

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

25 Years Ago

Vice-Chancellor of Charles Sturt University, Professor Cliff Blake said that more than 670 students had participated in the university’s summer classes despite a protracted industrial dispute and union bans.

Police are investigating links between the theft of six cars over the weekend.

Two former Wagga people, Michael Toal and Kylie Jones, have joined the Australian Army, Operation Solace which is helping to restore law and order in Somalia.

A proposal to rezone part of Wagga’s Rocky Hill for future residential development has drawn 260 submissions from the public.

Wagga Base Hospital had another General Low Activity Day (GLAD) with a reduced staff to reduce costs. Chief Executive Officer, Nancye Piercy said the day had been “fine” and reasonably quiet.

Council fire control officer, Joe Knox said that firefighters had worked for three hours to extinguish a blaze at the Gregadoo tip.

A record 274 people attended a march-out parade for a single platoon at 1 RTB Kapooka.

Geoff Curnow, chairman of the Wagga Job Hunt 500, reported a terrific response to the campaign to make 500 new jobs available in Wagga.

Officer Commanding RAAF Wagga, Group Captain Bob Bennett, welcomed students to a new tri-service Aircraft Life Support Fitter Course at Forest Hill.

50 Years Ago

Wagga Postmaster, Ken McLeod said that the mail drivers’ strike presently causing chaos in Sydney is not greatly disrupting mail services in Wagga.

Wagga City Council told the Wagga Boat Club to brighten up its club house and surrounds “to a standard satisfactory to the Lake Albert area”.

New South Wales Police Commissioner, Mr Norman Allan attended a farewell to the Riverina District Police Superintendent, Mr J Healy at the Wagga Leagues Club.

A vintage Buick car transported Mr and Mrs Geoffrey Amos for their wedding in St John’s Church of England.

Mr Bill Pearce, Miss Fay Proctor, Miss Margaret Mohanad and Allen Bredin were pictured by the Daily Advertiser at Romano’s Hotel on Saturday night.

Swimmer, Miss Linda McGill, opened $25,000 extensions, including a sauna bath and gymnasium at the Wagga Leagues Club.

Great Southern Motors is advertising Cortina cars as an “active car for the young at heart” priced from $1838.

Phoebe Price, a member of the NSW Speech Association, announced a “Ladies Course in Speech for Comperes” and a “Course in Acting and Stage Production.”

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