Compiled from the Daily Advertiser by the Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society
25 YEARS AGO
A crowd of more than 10,000 people turned out for the official opening of Wagga's Wiradjuri bridge by mayor Pat Brassil and Wiradjuri elder Violet Honeysett.
Dr Anthony Brettell, medical manpower co-ordinator for the Wagga and District Division of General Practice, said Wagga was suffering from a shortage of between seven and 11 full-time general practitioners.
Deputy mayor John Harding, George Brown of the Ex-POW Association and David Gardiner of the Wagga RSL sub-branch laid wreaths to mark the anniversary of the fall of Singapore in World War ll.
Brian Withers and Lew Sanbrook were presented with 20-year long service awards, and Barney Sherring was rewarded for his years of accident-free driving at the Finemore Transport awards night.
Former long-serving secretary-manager of the Wagga RSL Club, Wal Spokes - who joined the Wagga RSL sub-branch following his discharge from the army in 1947 - died aged 76.
Grant Luhrs launched his latest CD album Campfire with his Campfire Band at the Civic Theatre.
Representatives of Wagga's four major clubs discussed smoking bans with Member for Wagga, Joe Schipp.
Waggaroos Orienteering Club has won the NSW Association's club of the year award.
Wagga Croquet Club members Edna Hazelwood, Dick Kaylock, Marga Podniers, Lorna Whytcross, Caroline Campbell and Yvonne Langdon successfully defended the Wendy Davidson Trophy in Canberra.
Rosina Grosse was named as a finalist in the inaugural Australian Achievement Awards.
Trinity Senior High School principal Paul Rumble said several students including Ruth Evans, John Quinn, Rachael Sweeney and Michelle Rebbechi had been recognised at a special ceremony for the school's high achievers from last year's higher school certificate.
General manager of 2WG and FM93 John Seaman is attending a Radio Advertising Bureau marketing leadership conference and executive symposium in Dallas, Texas.
David Wunsch, Riverina area manager for the Smith Family, supported by local musicians, Grant Luhrs and Darren Coggan is promoting a Country Music Festival which it is hoped will become an annual event.
Maurice Salmon, a long-time friend, formed a six-member "Support Jim" committee to support Cr Jim Eldridge, who faces racial vilification action.
Roses 500g chocolates cost $7.99 and Pal dog food 1.2kg $1.79 at Cannons Supermarkets.
50 YEARS AGO
A gigantic 120-ton truck carrying a huge generator to Talbingo Dam was halted at Junee until repairs can be completed to Wagga's Hampden Bridge.
The Post-Master General's divisional engineer Mr S Turner said a $1 million project to give Wagga telephone subscribers direct dialling facilities was under way at the new Tarcutta Street exchange.
Marea Knott, wardrobe mistress for the Wagga School of Arts, said 290 costumes spread over 65 bodies will be used for the Revue to be held in conjunction with the Local Government Centenary Celebrations in March.
Mines Minister and Wagga MP Mr Fife was confident that a spur line would be built to supply natural gas to the Riverina, including Wagga and Albury.
Mr and Mrs Hoitnik, Mr and Mrs Ruvanka, Mr L Lausch, Mr A Da Roit and Mr H Kouwelaar were naturalised as Australian citizens in a simple ceremony conducted at the council chambers by Wagga's mayor, Ald Harris.
Johnny Garfield is featured on the Saturday night bill at the Wagga Leagues Club.
David Jones is planning a spectacular fashion parade featuring the best of old and new creations at a gala garden party to be held during Wagga City Council's centenary celebrations.
Heinz spaghetti and baked beans in a 4 oz can cost 4 cents and Peter's vanilla ice cream 62 cents for a half gallon tub at Huthwaites.
A special centenary medallion has gone on sale at the Wagga council chambers for $1 uncased or $2 in a case.
Wagga City Council has acquired a new modern liquid gas delivery truck.
A committee formed by the Parents and Citizens Association is investigating a change in school uniform at Mount Austin Primary School.