We’ve headed to our archives to bring you our updated flashback picture gallery series, looking back on what was happening in and around Wagga in the past.
This week’s edition comes straight to you from November in 1998, and will be delivered in two parts.
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It was a happening time for the city – here’s what was making news in the pages of The Daily Advertiser.
A Sydney-based company has paid almost $9 million for one of the region’s most prestigious sheep grazing properties, Tubbo Station. Mission Mind Pty Ltd paid $8.9 million for the 23,000ha Darlington Point property.
A coronial inquest into the deaths of Karen Fletcher and Leanne Uren, who were killed in a crash at Wantabadgery in March, began in the Wagga Coroner’s Court before coroner Sev Hill.
The opening of the $1.3 million pharmacy laboratory at Charles Sturt University is the most advanced training complex of its kind in the country and will help address the current shortage of pharmacists in rural Australia.
Wagga has been promised two national premiership heavyweights in an Australian Rugby League preseason blockbuster to be held at Eric Weissel Oval in February. Wagga is assured of a coveted position on the National Rugby League’s Country Carnival, with speculation rife premiers Brisbane or 1980s giants Parramatta will be posted to the city for their opening game.
Rampaging prop Gary Cullen has opened a new chapter of his coaching career by agreeing to terms with Group 20 battler Darlington Point-Coleambally. The former Turvey Park mentor has taken on one of the toughest jobs in Riverina rugby league after being names as captain-coach of the Roosters.
Orchardists in the Batlow region face a collective loss of $20 million in the wake of last month’s devastating frost. Many of the area’s growers lost their entire apple and stone fruit crops to a cold snap on October 28, when temperatures plummeted to minus five degrees.
The bronze bust of Australian cricket captain Mark Taylor has been recovered from the murkey depths of a Cootamundra dam, almost a month after it was stolen from the Captains Walk in Jubilee Park.
A meeting in Canberra next month could breathe new life into Wagga City Council’s bid to have Federal Government involvement in a major horticultural exhibition in China next year. Council has been embarrassed the government has knocked back requests to support its involvement in the $US1 billion exhibition to be held in Wagga’s Chinese sister city Kunming from May to October next year.
For the first time ever, Wagga’s Joe Williams and Gary Dowling will represent their country in December when they tour New Zealand in the Australian under 16 touch football team.
One of rugby league’s most famous families will be reunited in Wagga this week for the fist time in several years. The Mortimer clan will gather as special guests at the unveiling of Wagga Magpies’ junior club’s honour board.
A suspected gas leak forced the evacuation of more than 300 students from Coolamon Central School. Staff evacuated the school shortly after midday when a distinctive gas smell was noticed following the removal of a disused LPG tank from the school grounds.
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