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

CHANGES: Wagga District Hospital was built on the corner of Docker and Edward streets in 1910 with many people complaining at the time that it was “too far out of town”. Picture: CSURA RW558_31
CHANGES: Wagga District Hospital was built on the corner of Docker and Edward streets in 1910 with many people complaining at the time that it was “too far out of town”. Picture: CSURA RW558_31

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

25 YEARS AGO

Kylie Jacobson was named as Miss Wagga and Karen Ingram as Community Princess 1993 in a glittering ceremony at the Music Bowl in the Botanic Gardens.

Robbie Jack was awarded life membership of the Wagga Harness Racing Club recognising his outstanding contribution to the club including 20 years’ service on the club’s board.

At least 6000 people attended the official opening of the new $2 million harness racing and greyhound facility at the Wagga Showground.

Sergeant Denis Guerin said more than 2000 people attended the NSW Police Open Day in Wagga.

First Wagga Scout group celebrated the opening of their new Scout Hall in Dalman Parkway.

The new $290,000 headquarters for Murrumbidgee Division of the State Emergency Services was opened in Fernleigh Road.

Wagga Probus Club celebrated its 10th birthday with three of the founding members, Ron Tickle, Herb Smith and Ian Roddin pictured in The Daily Advertiser cutting the birthday cake.

After 39 years of individual awards, the Sylvia Walsh Trophy for associate golfers at the Wagga Country Club will be presented as a perpetual trophy.

Wagga Country Club had a turnaround in operating profit of $40,000 this year from a deficit of $9566 to a profit of $31,188.

Colin Rush was elected president of Wagga Pro Musica which has announced four fine music concerts to be held in Wagga next year.

Tim Gleeson and Don Thomson have joined the Peter Dale Real Estate sales team which is moving to a new office in the Baylis Centre.

Peter Davies, a director and Garry Byron, office manager are pictured proudly displaying an award won by Hore and Davies Professionals Real Estate. 

Dymocks booksellers opened in Baylis Street with local franchisees, Rod and Sherry Bartlett.

50 YEARS AGO

• The Freedom of the City of Wagga was granted to former mayor, Alderman Ivan Jack in an impressive ceremony at the Civic Administration Centre.

A strike by brewery workers in Sydney has left many Wagga hotels dry, but all have vowed to stay open to serve spirits said Mr E J Sullivan president of the Wagga branch of the AHA.

Two hundred people watched the annual Remembrance Day ceremony led by mayor, Alderman R J Harris and RSL sub-branch president, Mr Harold Fife at Wagga’s Cenotaph.

Chris Schmid was presented with the Riverina Ski Club’s Championship perpetual trophy by club president, Mr John Grant.

The recently renovated Lake Albert Primary School was opened by the Area Director of Education, Mr J F Bingham.

Sean Conery stars in a James Bond Double, Dr No and Goldfinger at Hoyts Drive-In.

Maureen Bell, daughter of Mr and Mrs A Bell of Heath Street, married Robert Wood, son of Mr and Mrs Tom Wood of Macleay Street at St Paul’s Church of England.

Ken Chambers was elected as the new president of the Wagga Commercial Club with Messrs W Blake and S Muir as vice-presidents.

Dunlops held an open day at their factory for relatives and friends of employees.

Retiring president, Mrs Neven Read said that Wagga Art Society had held three successful exhibitions this year.

The opening of Wagga’s newest hotel the Kooringal Hotel-Motel has been delayed by a strike of brewery workers in Sydney.

WHAT’S ON

  • November 11 at 1pm: Tumba Rail at Ladysmith Railway Station.
  • November 15 at 7.30pm: Wagga & District Family History Society, 24 Tarakan Ave. Ian Hodges Wagga Soldiers in WWI. Phone 6925 0319.
  • November 18 at 8pm: Wagga Antiques Society Christmas Party and AGM at 98 Gurwood Street. Phone 6926 3555.
  • November 19 at 10.30am: Historic Engine Club Museum, Baden Powell Drive open.
  • November 20 at 7.30pm:  Wagga Wagga & District Historical Society Meeting, Barbara Pillans “Women on Soldier Settlers blocks” Museum of the Riverina, Botanic Gardens. Phone 6922 3614.
  • Contact Wagga Wagga and District Historical Society at www.wwdhs.org.au  or on Facebook at wagga.history.