Compiled from The Daily Advertiser by the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society
25 YEARS AGO
• Ian Graham, Wagga City Council Director of Planning, said council is considering four proposals for a shopping centre redevelopment between Morgan and Tompson streets.
• New Minister for Roads, Bruce Baird, confirmed a commitment made by his predecessor that the Gobba Bridge would be complete by June 30, 1998.
• Council has not yet decided on what to do with the Hampden Bridge, but says it is protected by a heritage order.
• Kooringal High School which now has 1040 students, 71 teachers and 18 ancillary staff is celebrating its 20th anniversary.
• Wagga solicitor, John Hayden Williams died at the age of 65 after battling cancer.
• Wagga Veteran and Vintage Motor Club is holding its annual rally at Downside recreational reserve.
• Ald Jim Eldridge was ejected from the Wagga launch of the Year of Indigenous People after he broke into the proceedings and began a vicious tirade against Aborigines.
• Ron Russell was elected as president, and Galva Nitschke secretary, of Wagga Ratepayers Association.
50 YEARS AGO
• Wagga doctor, Bruce Alexander Brown, together with his mother and five-year-old son where killed in a head-on collision in one of the worst road accidents in the Riverina for several years.
• Several students of Wagga’s Yvonne O’Connor School of Dancing where successful in examinations conducted by the Highland Dancing Society.
• The Wesley Methodist Church was filled for a service conducted especially for youth by Rev W J Hobbs, president of the NSW Methodist Conference.
• Thomas Bros, authorised Chrysler dealer, is advertising a new Valiant sedan from $2540 including delivery.
• Wagga Apex Club and the Boy Scouts are conducting their 30th annual Jam Drive.
• John Jenkins, a third form student at Wagga Christian Brothers High School, has been selected in the NSW junior men’s hockey squad.
• The Tulloch Presbyterian Hostel Council is launching an appeal to help fund its new hostel which will accommodate 56 high school aged boys.
• Kaye Hallam, a student at North Wagga Public School has been seeded number one girl tennis player in NSW to play Queensland in the Bruce Page Cup.
• The Wagga branch of the Smith Family has launched its annual community clothing appeal.
• Elvis features in Double Trouble showing at Hoyts Theatre.
• George Muir, who was principal of Wagga Teachers’ College in 1959-60, visited in his new role, director of Teacher Education NSW.
• Wagga’s Salvation Army Citadel in Morrow Street was officially reopened.