Warrnambool, October 1985


IT was the end of an era with the Borough of Koroit becoming part of the new Shire of Warrnambool. The merger ended Koroit’s 115 years as a separate local government body.

A poll of Koroit ratepayers showed 70 per cent supported the merger.

The Koroit Borough was formed when it severed ties with the Shire of Belfast in 1870.  

A PUBLIC meeting was held to discuss a proposed temporary mall for the following year’s Wunta Festival. The festival committee wanted Liebig Street between Lava and Koroit streets to be closed off to traffic.

MORE than 800 Warrnambool secondary school students were advised to stay home because of a teacher’s strike. Hardest hit was Warrnambool High School which only had enough teachers to front year seven and 12 classes.

WARRNAMBOOL Shire Council formally passed a motion to prohibit brothels from being set up in the shire.

This ban included the nearby township of Koroit.

OCTOBER, 1985, was a time of great anticipation for Warrnambool’s Chris Steel.

The then 16-year-old was getting ready to jet off to the US for a year as an exchange student.

Mr Steel was bound for the town of Great Bull in Wyoming. During his time in the township of 3500 people Mr Steel was to stay with six host families. 

A year 11 student at Warrnambool North Technical School, Mr Steel was following in the footsteps of his brother who spent a year in the US as an exchange student in 1982. 

Mr Steel had learning how to ski on his mind with Great Bull close to the famous Yellowstone National Park.

The climate in Great Bull was much colder than his home town of Warrnambool, with temperatures dropping to minus 30. 


MEADE Bros defeated Curtains ‘N’ Things 6-4 in the Warrnambool A grade table tennis grand final. The Meade Bros team was made up of Chris Paulin, Ron Oakley and Nick Turoczy. The Curtains ‘N’ Things team was Des Brown, Paul Farley and Robert Prout.


TOP Australian bands Men at Work, the Electric Pandas and The Deltones played shows in Warrnambool.

Number one song on the Warrnambool charts for month of October 1985 was Power of Love by Huey Lewis & The News. Other big hits included What You Need by INXS, Heaven by Bryan Adams and Pleasure and Pain by The Divinyls.