This week in history:25 years ago:Camels and horse rides were provided to adventurous souls. Tours were conducted from the Warrnambool Trotting Track, Thunder Point at the weekend.
The volleyball international championships were held at the mini golf beach volleyball courts near Lake Pertobe. Competitors from Fiji and Sri Lanka competed in the event with four other teams of various nationalities.
Christmas classic Home Alonewas airing at Port Fairy Cinema. The cult Christmas flick put child actor Macaulay Culkinon the map and became famous for it’s one liner, “Merry Christmas you filthy animal”.
50 years ago:A tiger shark captured by fisherman andplaced in a tank at the Port Fairy aquarium died mysteriously overnight. It was eight feet, six inches long. An attempt was then made to recapture another live shark to replace the one that died.
Last minute shopping in Warrnambool saw some smaller shops remaining open late. Warrnambool was proclaimed a tourist area, and shops within the city were considering opening for business at 7am to midnight, seven days a week.
An eight-year-old girl was admitted to Warrnambool Base Hospital after a two-car collision nearDarlington.
100 years ago:The potato market in Warrnambool which had been steady at 10 pounds a ton for some timesuddenly started weakening. It was considered that unless supplies were reduced, the price would decline rapidly. In any case, merchants decided that they would not take delivery of any further supplies until after the holiday season.
An interesting patriotic recruiting song published in aidof Red Cross funds was sung at a concert at Warrnambool military camp. It was entitled,One Hundred Thousand Men.
A sensation was caused at Colac Lake when a large object was seen floundering in the water. Closer inspection revealedit to be a huge Murray cod, about four feet long,weighing 48 pounds. District residents said they’d never heard of a Murray cod being found in the lake.
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