Archive photos show Coleambally life in summer of 1996

We’ve headed to the archives to bring you the latest in the Observer’s flashback picture gallery series and this week’s edition comes straight to you from early 1996.

January and February in ‘93 was a happening time for the area.

Here’s a glimpse of what was making news around the MIA:

- The Coleambally Water Use Monitoring Project, an exciting and challenging new project to assist the future sustainability of the Coleambally Irrigation Area, will begin in early 1996.

- Junior Blues coaching appointments: Gerrard Toscan (first 18), Barry Mannes (seconds), Robert Groves (thirds).

- From the police newsletter, with Senior Constable Darrin Wilson.

“Thank you to all those that did the right thing and walked home after they had been drinking. It was bit unlucky about the rain on New Year’s Eve, but they tell me the taxi was quite comfortable.”

- Mr John Wilkinson was awarded Coleambally Citizen of the Year. Junior citizen of the year is Carl Chirgwin, event of the year was the Amity Club’s performance of Lindacella and the second annual Riverina Machinery Field Day Vintage Rally. Junior sportsperson is Melissa Fattore, senior sportsperson share by Elaine Clarke and Lyn Hudson, and team of the year A grade netball.

- Mr Jack Taylor is Darlington Point’s Citizen of the Year. Junior citizen of the year is Jacinta Dalgliesh.

- Michelle and David Brain are now the proud parents of a beautiful baby girl, Tamara Louise.

- New captains elected at St Peter’s School are Liam Sumbak (school captain), Alison Connor (sports captain) and Rebecca Force (school captain). Blue House elected Allisha Hardie and Peter Davies as captains, while Jenna McLean and David Dunbar are Gold House captains.

- “Mr Tom Culley MBE passed away at the age of 90. Mr Culley was born in 1905 in Narrandera and had a long association with the wool industry starting at Tubbo as a youngster and eventually owning his own property, Wonga.

In 1989 he ‘retired’ to the township of Coleambally.

A lasting legacy of Mr Culley’s contribution to the wool industry was the development of the Wonga strain of Merino.

He is survived by his daughter Elaine Worgan and granddaughter Trish.”