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Looking back to the past

by December 31, 2016 General
BUSY: Swimming lessons at Wagga Wagga Beach, January 1952. Public Baths were not constructed in Morgan Street until 1953. (Sherry Morris Collection)

BUSY: Swimming lessons at Wagga Wagga Beach, January 1952. Public Baths were not constructed in Morgan Street until 1953. (Sherry Morris Collection)

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

25 Years Ago

Despite vocal opposition from some retailers Woolworths and Coles supermarkets will begin Sunday trading this week.

Ald Jim Eldridge claims Council is harassing small shop owners with its policy towards sandwich boards.

Lisa Kaye Pamenter, daughter of Dave and Deborah Pamenter was the first baby born in Wagga for 1992.

Well known Wagga musician, Charles Joseph Merrett has died in Wagga, aged 79.

Wagga builder Mick Neason is leading a team of South Wagga Tennis club members to re-fence the club’s seven courts.

A Wagga man has confessed to setting fire to the house he shared with his girlfriend after a domestic dispute.

Member for Hume, Wal Fife congratulated National Farmers Federation President, Mr Graham Blight for organising a protest against America’s export enhancement program during the visit to Australia by President, George Bush.

Several brawls and an assault outside a hotel in Fitzmaurice Street marred New Year’s Eve celebrations.

50 Years Ago

A crowd of 10,000 watched during a spectacular finale to the Miss Wagga Festival as Miss Marion Hilton was crowned Miss Wagga for 1967 by Wagga’s Mayor, Ald R J Harris. Charity Queen is Marilyn Clarke.

Chamber of Commerce Secretary, Mr Ron Castle is pictured with Mr Robert Hartwig and Mr Gil Grant at the New Year’s Dance and Barbeque held at Kyeamba Smith hall as part of the Miss Wagga Festival.

Thousands of people attended New Year’s Eve celebrations but Wagga police said it was the “quietest New Year’s Eve on record”.

Wagga’s first baby born in 1997 was born to Mr and Mrs Garry Clark.

J L McGinn Real Estate Agent is advertising a neat three-bedroom brick and fibro cottage, including furniture, and one block from the main street for £1500.

Town Clerk, Mr W Ellis announced the opening of Wagga’s new dog pound, between the saleyards and the rubbish tip on the northern side of the city.

Dog registration fees have been set at $2 per year or 25 cents for pensioners.

A four-wheel drive ambulance, a gift from Wagga to its Malaysian sister city Temerloh is on its way being transported by HMAS Vampire to Singapore.

A 21-year-old truck driver has confessed to the murder of Kathleen Anne Hargreaves a nursing aide at Wagga.

Rugby League Clubs have finalised competitions for the Riverina and Monaro for 1967, hopefully providing a turning point in a dispute that has split Rugby League Clubs in the area for the last twelve months.

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