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Meet Mr Wagga

“In the old days Phineas was Wagga”. So declared the obituary of Phineas Hann following his death in 1919. Hann was an influential and extremely well respected member of Wagga’s fledgling community during the late 19th Century. Born in Tintinhull, Somerset in 1839 Phineas had taken up residence in Wagga by the early 1860’s. He…

A page from the Register of Admissions, Discharges, &c. at the Wagga Wagga Hospital, 1881-1882

Cured, Relieved, Died

Continuing the hospital theme, a certain large-sized volume in our collection was brought to our attention last week by a researcher which has been a source of endless fascination to us: a Register of Admissions, Discharges, &c. from the Wagga Wagga Hospital, 1881-1882. The information recorded for each admission in the register is as follows: Name Date…

A view of the Wagga Base Hospital from above, looking south.

Wagga Base – a view from above

With all the changes happening at the Wagga Base Hospital lately, we thought a look at the site from above would be interesting for a Friday afternoon. We don’t know when this photograph was taken but it has to be after the 1950s, because the multi-storey block was opened in 1963.  It also has to be…

The Sportsmen's Club Hotel's verandahs coming down

Pubs We Have Known

The 1960s and 70s was a time of demolition in Wagga.  “Get rid of the old to make way for the new” seems to have been the motto at the time and quite a few of the huge hotels lining the main streets of Wagga simply could not escape their fate.     There were exceptions.  The Union Club…

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Daily Advertiser on microfilm

CSU Regional Archives holds an extensive collection of local and national newspapers on microfilm. We have in excess of 60 different newspapers, including the Daily Advertiser, Wagga Wagga Express, Albury Border Post, Coolamon-Ganmain Farmers’ Review, Junee Southern Cross, Riverine Grazier and the Tumut and Adelong Times. You can view a full list of newspapers on the…

John Peter, 1812-1878

John Peter – ‘The Prince of Squatters’

John Peter emigrated from Scotland in 1832, and by 1839 he had already acquired the runs that were to later become known as ‘Toganmain’, ‘Borambola’ and ‘Pulletop’. When he married the widow Mary Bourke in 1837, the ‘Gumly Gumly’ run was also attained under his name. In 1853, Peter first acquired part of his ‘Tubbo’…

Article from The Daily Advertiser, "Charles Sturt Uni formally launched"

CSU Foundation Day

Charles Sturt University is celebrating its Foundation Day tomorrow. Now, the actual anniversary day was on Sunday (19 July) but it was decided we should do our celebrating on the Wednesday following. So what exactly happened on 19 July 1989? “… the strengths of their communities combined can create a university much more powerful in knowledge…

Members of the Hillston Pastoral and Agricultural Association Committee, 1931

The Hillston Jubilee Show

I recently stumbled across this photograph in the archive collection which, I must confess, I had no idea we even had.  It depicts the members of the Hillston Pastoral and Agricultural Association in 1931. On it’s own, it’s probably not the most exciting photograph in our collection. However, wonder of wonders, some kind soul has…

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Gundagai’s Great Flood

The 24th & 25th June 2015 will mark the 163rd anniversary of the Great Flood of 1852 which descended upon the Murrumbidgee River and in particular the township of Gundagai. To this day, the 1852 flood remains as the worst flood in Australian history due to the loss of life which occurred at Gundagai. The original…

The College Auditorium - While the auditorium was not a RAAF building, it was on the College very early on and was used for College assemblies, graduation ceremonies and all sorts of performances by the students.

The Transformation of South Campus

There’s been a few changes around us on South Campus lately, with the de-construction of some of the older buildings on the campus. Those of you that haven’t visited us for a while are in for a bit of a shock on your arrival. For many years now, the buildings have looked very sad and dilapidated.…

The top of the Wagga Experiment Farm Honour Roll

CSU’s Anzacs

Yes, Charles Sturt University does have its own World War 1 Anzacs! While CSU is a relatively young institution, we have been built on the shoulders of colleges who, in their turn, rose out of other educational institutions. This means that CSU has “inherited” (so to speak) its own Anzacs to remember on this Anzac…

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The Fire-Prone Criterion Hotel

The Criterion Hotel, located next to the more substantial Commercial Hotel (later Romanos), was established in 1870 by James Markey. Markey, an Englishman, who had arrived in Wagga by the late 1850’s, was also licensee of the Prince of Wales, New Ferry and Squatters Hotels at various times. Markey purchased the one acre site, which…

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Get the Habit – Shop in Wagga

There has been a lot of debate in the local press recently regarding consumer loyalty to local “bricks and mortar” retailers, with many business owners decrying the drift towards online shopping. Local retailers argue that they provide sponsorship and donations to local sporting clubs and charities which their online competitors do not match. In addition,…

Bellmen, Butchers and Price Gouging

Did you know that Wagga Wagga once had a town crier? We didn’t! We recently stumbled across an advertisement published in the Wagga Wagga Express on 3 January 1872, saying: The “Bell” of Wagga Wagga. Jim Robbins Wishes to inform the public generally that he has again BEGUN BUSINESS as Bellman, Town Crier, and Bill-sticker.…

The Courthouse in the foreground and the Gaol in the background. (Photo courtesy of the Museum of the Riverina).

Wagga’s House of Correction

The first permanent and substantial gaol built in Wagga was completed in 1862 and was located on the corner of Sturt Street (earlier known as Little Gurwood Street) and Tarcutta Street. Prior to this prisoners could only be held on a temporary basis, whilst awaiting trial, normally handcuffed or chained to a large log in…

Junee Fairies, includes Alma Morris, Edna Morris and Dot Chicken in 1915 (from RW104 Alma Morris Collection)

The Junee Fairies

This lovely photograph has been in our Collection since 1980, donated to us by Alma Morris of Carlingford soon after the Junee Public School’s centenary celebrations. The letter from Alma that accompanied the photograph told us that it was taken about 1915 in the grounds of the Junee School. Alma is the tiny girl standing third from…

Wagga Tennis Association members get up close to the Davis Cup

The Davis Cup comes to Wagga

This being the time of year for tennis, we thought we would revisit this article on the Davis Cup in Wagga Wagga written by Lauren Carroll for our “At the Archives” page in 2007: In 1956 the NSW Hardcourt Championships were held in Wagga Wagga, attracting some of the big names of Australian tennis at…

Goodbye Lauren!

Yesterday was somewhat of a sad day at the Archives, when we held a farewell lunch for Lauren Carroll.  Lauren first came to work at CSU Regional Archives in 2007 as our Reference Archivist and now she is saying goodbye and moving down to Victoria.  Lauren’s contributions to CSURA have been many and varied and she will…