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

RAAF: Entrance to the RAAF Base at Forest Hill, featured on an old Wagga postcard. Contact Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society at www.wwdhs.org.au  or on Facebook at wagga.history. Picture: Sherry Morris Collection
RAAF: Entrance to the RAAF Base at Forest Hill, featured on an old Wagga postcard. 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 City Council closed Lake Albert indefinitely following discovery of a large outbreak of blue-green algae.

Wagga surgeon, Doctor Peter Macneil, said that the shortage in operating facilities resulting in long waiting lists in Wagga had resulted from the failure of Medicare to fund the system.

Wagga mayor, Pat Brassil, said any move to cut the size of Wagga City Council from 15 to 13 representatives would be detrimental to residents of the city.

Ansett area manager, Glen Vardanega said this years Ansett Express Travel Fair with about 70 exhibitors and more than 4500 visitors was bigger and better than ever.

Wayne Sutherland, proprietor of Cococabana caberet presented a cheque for $3500 raised from under 18’s nights at Cocos’ to Luke Grealy from Youth Insearch.

Ashmont parents have banned their children from using Webb Park as a result of drunks and vandals defacing the area.

Simon Terry from Wagga Sunrise Rotary will lead a group study team of four including Daily Advertiser editor, Michael McCormack to the United States.

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50 YEARS AGO

Trumpeter, Mr C Merrett, played the Last Post and Reveille at the ex-POW annual commemorative service held at the Wagga cenotaph.

B G Hartwig, Holden dealers presented a new car to the new Catholic Senior High School for use in driver training by the students.

Lake Albert has fallen to an average depth of between three foot six inches and four foot which may soon force the cancellation of all water sport activities.

Wagga High School enrolements have increased by 30 this year to about 1130 pupils and teaching staff has increased by 5 to a total of 65.

Rod Parsons, assistant service director for the South Wagga Apex business houses swimming carnival said 60 teams had registered and the Club expected to raise more than $1000.

Fireman, Mr Claude Day, was presented with a medal for 30 years service by the president of the NSW Board of Fire Commissioners.

Wagga’s first female men’s barber is Carol Chappell and she has begun working with well known Wagga barber, Mr Jack Barton in the Nelso Arcade.

Cheryl McCallum was senior girls champion and Peter Ansell was diving champion at Wagga High School’s annual swimming carnival.

Mr Alan Thomas and Miss Wendy Foster announced their engagement at the Kooringal Hotel Motel on Saturday night.

Dr D K Lehmann resigned as Medical Superintendent of Wagga Base Hospital.

Mr Bob Davies from Hore and Davies said the home market was good now but until the beginning of December it had been “very dead” for some time.