Wodonga stories making news in 1965

From Wodonga and District Express 1965

January – Applications for learn to swim classes exceeded the number of instructors available and only half could be accepted.  140 students with 14 instructors.

February – Wodonga Apex Club was conducting a “Rice Appeal” anticipating three tons would be collected.  Part of an Australia wide appeal, the rice was to be shipped to India to relieve millions of starving people.

Wodonga boasted of having seven banks with only one major Australian bank (unnamed) not yet established here.

April – A 17 year old apprentice with the S.E.C. was awarded a certificate and gifts to mark his escape from serious injury because he was wearing safety spectacles.

April- The seven banks in town were joined by the English, Scottish and Australian Bank.

Residents hearing strange bell sounds at the southern end of town were reassured they were not going round the bend with odd noises.  It was testing the bell newly being installed at the new St John’s Church.  It was to be electronically rung and controlled from an automatic switch a few minutes before each service is about to commence.

The prevalence of itinerant hawkers around the streets of Wodonga is becoming worse.  Fruit and vegetable sellers seem to the worst offenders.

After well over 20 years serving as Infant Welfare Sister, Sister Willett tendered her resignation effective July. In 1945 her area covered Beechworth and Chiltern.  Her hours in those early days were quite long, leaving home before dawn and arriving home on the 9.30pm train.  A car was later purchased for her and Councillor Hore taught her to drive.

May – Preliminary steps taken to form another service club in Wodonga – the Lions.

Although he has been on duty in plain clothes for some weeks, Wodonga’s shire council parking officer, Merv Putland, appeared in “Brown Bomber” uniform for the first time.  Disdaining to wear the white dustcoat provided by the shire, Mr Putland has bought his own khaki uniform with which he wears the official cap.

Businesses were being reminded to register their cash registers, adding and accounting machines to be eligible for compensation or conversion with the advent of decimal currency.