Wagga was feeling a lot like Christmas back in 1997, despite bushfires whipping across much of the state. Workers at The Mill went on strike and plans to upgrade the Sturt Mall were revealed in the pages of The Daily Advertiser.
Nationally, Telstra shares had just been listed on the Australian Stock Exchange for the first time and authorities were on the lookout for “postcard bandit” Brendan Abbott, who stole $300,000 from a Perth bank in an armed robbery.
Climate change was a massive issue at the end of the year, with the Kyoto Protocol being adopted by the United Nations. In Hong Kong, more than 1 million chickens were killed to stop the spread of bird flu.
The Spice Girls continued their dominance of pop culture, with the Spice World film raking in the dollars at the box office despite poor critical reviews and The Prodigy drew criticism for its song Smack My Bitch Up.
Check out our gallery of who made the pages of The Daily Advertiser back in 1997 and see if you recognise anyone you know.