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

HONOUR: A memorial for fireman Norman Cecil Tilden who was killed March 2, 1961 while responding to a fire in Tarcutta Street. His vehicle collided with a car at the corner of Baylis and Morrow streets. Picture: Lennon Collection
HONOUR: A memorial for fireman Norman Cecil Tilden who was killed March 2, 1961 while responding to a fire in Tarcutta Street. His vehicle collided with a car at the corner of Baylis and Morrow streets. Picture: Lennon Collection

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

25 YEARS AGO

Former employees of Castles Hardware had their first reunion at the Thomas Blamey Tavern. Former chairman, John Castles attended, along with many long serving employees including Keith McKenzie, Barry Jessup, Eddie Ludwig, Jean Evans and Percy Condon.

Wagga City Speedway Club held its presentation night with clubman of the year awarded to Geoff Boardman, rookie of the year, Chris Hines and most improved, Darren Breust.

Minister for Sport Recreation and Racing, Joe Schipp, has approved tenders valued at $2 million to provide new training tracks and facilities for horses at the Wagga Racecourse.

Colin White retired after 26 years of service to the Wagga Sub-Branch of the Returned Services League. David Gardiner was re-elected president unopposed for his third term.

About a dozen passengers arrived in Wagga on board the first Hazelton Airlines flight between Sydney and Wagga.

A survey of nearly 500 staff on CSU’s Bathurst campus found more than 64 per cent in favour of breaking up the multi-campus university.

Wagga’s unemployment figures are continuing to rise with 4071 people on Job Search and New Start allowances.

Choices Nightclub has withdrawn an application for an extended licence to sell liquor between 3am and 9am at a new cafe after council voted to oppose the application.

50 YEARS AGO

More than 400 people attended the official opening and blessing of the new Catholic Senior High School at Wagga by Dr FP Carroll, Bishop of Wagga.

Wagga Interact Club conducted a car wash to raise funds for Gumleigh Boys Home at Gumly.

Wagga Apex Club and volunteers from the Army and RAAF are supporting a clean up of Lake Albert organised by the Wagga Boat Club.

Tony Minty, Jill White, Alan Lowry and Elaine Price are pictured in TheDaily Advertiser enjoying a night out at the Town House Motel.

Mr W R Blackall was elected president of the Wagga High School P&C with retiring president Mr P Hastie not seeking re-election. Secretary Mrs P Hedley and treasurer, Mr R Grose were re-elected.

Wagga Commercial Club won the Wagga and District Bowling Association 1967-1968 No. 3 Pennant.

More than 200 Riverina girls in 22 teams took part in a marching girls’ contest at North Wagga football ground.

Graeme Keys was elected president of the newly formed Ambulance Younger Set. Edna Griffith is secretary and Cathy Short treasurer with Jan Osborn as public relations officer.

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