THE SOUTH WEST’S WEEK IN HISTORY
25 YEARS AGO:
MORE than 2500 people packed Warrnambool’s Lady Bay Hotel to hear ex-Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes belt out his greatest hits in a rocking two-hour performance.
POKER machines were being considered by Premier Joan Kirner as a way to raise Victoria out of state debt. Opposition Leader Alan Brown backed the move and called for a “world-class casino.”
WARRNAMBOOL mother Alison White gave birth to triplets Alexander, Thomas and Hayley. Mrs White and husband Tony already had two daughters at the time of the 1990 birth.
A DROP in oil prices was not being passed on by south-west service stations. Unleaded petrol in October 1990 was selling at 85 cents a litre ($1.60 a litre in 2015, adjusted for inflation).
WARRNAMBOOL mayor David Atkinson led a delegation of local government leaders to meet with Premier Joan Kirner following the collapse of Pyramid Building Society.
PENSHURST farmer Eda Ritchie nominated for the Liberal Party’s federal presidency. Mrs Ritchie contested the Warrnambool constituency at the 1988 state election but lost to National Party MP John McGrath.
PREMIER Joan Kirner announced a plan to cut the number of state MPs from 88 to 85 in the lower house and 44 to 35 in the lower house. The measure was set to save $2 million annually ($3.7 million in 2015, adjusted for inflation).
WARRNAMBOOL radio station 3YB was placed on the market by owners Regional Communications Limited. The group had owned the broadcaster since 1982.
A CLERICAL error resulted in Warrnambool’s Criterion and Whalers hotels being able to open until 3am.
50 YEARS AGO:
A MACARTHUR man was sentenced to a decade in prison for incest at the Hamilton Magistrates Court.
A CALL for more members was publicized by the Warrnambool RSL branch. Membership had declined from 650 members in 1945 to 370 members in 1965.
100 YEARS AGO:
CUSTOMS duty on cigarettes sent to soldiers fighting in the Great War was set to be waived by authorities.