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

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

ROADS: The Edward Street level crossing, first established in 1879, was replaced by the Edward and Tarcutta streets underpasses in 1976.

ROADS: The Edward Street level crossing, first established in 1879, was replaced by the Edward and Tarcutta streets underpasses in 1976.

25 YEARS AGO

Wagga Magpies won the Group Nine Rugby League Premiership leaving Tumut tryless in a 16-4 score line.

Hillis Ford is celebrating 25 years of service to Wagga and District.

Brian Buckley, chairman of the City to Lake, run announced that this year’s winners were Paul Johanson (male) and Carmel Kahlefeldt (female).

Hunter’s Newsagency, co-proprietor, Frank Barrett blamed Federal Government “on-costs” for the sacking of three workers.

Group Nine, Referee of the Year, Brian Walker, and most improved referee, Mick Connor, received their trophies from the sponsor, Noel Comerford, at a function held at the Wagga City Bowling Club.

Member for Hume, Wal Fife and his wife, Marcia received debutantes at the Kurrajong-Waratah Industries, Last Chance Debutante Ball held at the Police Citizens Youth Club.

Local naturopath, Denise Charlton, was accepted by State Rail as the successful tenderer for the railway station masters house in Station Place.

Daily Advertiser editor, Michael McCormack, said that last week’s editions of the DA totalled 344 pages which each edition costing 60 cents.

Bishop William Brennan said the severe financial crisis facing most farmers would, in turn, affect the sustainability of rural communities.

A Federal Court Judge has overturned a broadcasting tribunal decision which would have given Wagga a second commercial radio station.

50 YEARS AGO

 Miss Helen Westblade, escorted by Mr Anthony Kenning won the “belle of the ball” at the combined YCW formal dance held in the St Joseph’s Hall.

Member for Wagga, Mr Wal Fife, said the first separate psychiatric centre attached to a country hospital would be established soon at the former maternity unit, Robinson House.

More than 90 uniformed police officers and 2000 people attended the funeral of the late Sgt. Ronald Cyril Caldwell with Rev Mackenzie Baird officiating at St Andrew’s Church.

A sauna room and gymnasium are among the features of new $80,000 extensions to the Wagga RSL Club being constructed by builder’s H C Buckman and Sons.

Bishop of Wagga, Dr F A Henschke said the Catholic Diocese of Wagg’s Primary Schools Central Fund would have a deficit of $19,412 by the end of this school year.

McPherson’s Gourmet is opening in the South Town Walk with cooked meats, continental smallgoods, eggs and the finest of cheeses.