FLASHBACK FRIDAY | Photos from the Leader’s archives

Every Friday we delve into the Leader archives to embark on some time travel.

AUSTRALIAN MADE

Ten of the country’s best bands, headed by Jimmy Barnes and INXS, performed at the Australian Made rock concert at Endeavour Field attended by about 25,000.

Ten of the country’s best bands, headed by Jimmy Barnes and INXS, performed at the Australian Made rock concert at Endeavour Field attended by about 25,000.

IT was the coming of age for Australian rock — a national festival featuring a line-up of our best home-grown bands including INXS, Jimmy Barnes, Divinyls, Mental as Anything, Models, The Saints, I’m Talking and The Triffids.

Australian Made was a festival held between 1986 and 1987 in the six state capitals of Australia.

One of the concerts was staged in the shire at Endeavour Field (now Southern Cross Group Stadium) on Australia Day, January 26, 1987.

The festival was the first of its kind in Australia and would usher in the big travelling music extravaganza which launched in the mid 1990s. It was also remarkable for being a no-alcohol event.

To promote the tour, INXS and Barnes recorded a cover of The Easybeats song Good Times which was released in December 1986 as a single and used as the theme song.

RAINY DAYS

Melissa Goddard and Belinda Brennan had their own water amusement park on Captain Cook Drive, Kurnell, in 1990 after the remnants of Cyclone Nancy dumped more than 400mm of rain on Sydney. Thirty homes at Kurnell were flooded.

Melissa Goddard and Belinda Brennan had their own water amusement park on Captain Cook Drive, Kurnell, in 1990 after the remnants of Cyclone Nancy dumped more than 400mm of rain on Sydney. Thirty homes at Kurnell were flooded.

Sydney’s heavy rainfall over the past few days is reminiscent of conditions back in February, 1990.

Back then St George and Sutherland Shire copped a drenching in the wake of tropical cyclone Nancy to the north. 

"Nancy brought down a lot of warm, moist tropical air southwards,’’ a Bureau of Meteorology spokesman said at the time.

By the second week of February Sydney's rainfall for the month was already 475.8 millimetres - well above the February average of 112 millimetres - and only 90 millimetres off the 1956 February record of 564 millimetres.

The city recorded 243.6 millimetres on February 3 - the second highest reading in the State.

SYDNEY OLYMPICS

A crowd of more than 30,000 roared in 2000 when Susie Maroney carried the Olympic torch into Tonkin Oval, Cronulla, and with the aid of support runner Stacey Thomson from Cronulla High, lit the community cauldron.

A crowd of more than 30,000 roared in 2000 when Susie Maroney carried the Olympic torch into Tonkin Oval, Cronulla, and with the aid of support runner Stacey Thomson from Cronulla High, lit the community cauldron.

The Sydney Olympics in 2000 were a time of great optimism.

Community spirit shone through as St George and Sutherland Shire residents joined an army of Olympic volunteers while crowds lined the streets for the torch relay.

Our athletes did us proud with triathlete Michellie Jones and trap shooter Michael Diamond winning gold.

MIRANDA FAIR

An old quarry, pictured in 1962, was the site for Miranda Fair, which was hailed as a ‘‘shoppers’ paradise’’ when it opened in 1964. The £31⁄4 million ($6.5 million) Myer-Farmer’s development was the largest fully enclosed shopping centre in NSW until Roselands upstaged it the following year. In 1969, Westfield bought Miranda Fair for $10 million and set about enlarging it.

An old quarry, pictured in 1962, was the site for Miranda Fair, which was hailed as a ‘‘shoppers’ paradise’’ when it opened in 1964. The £31⁄4 million ($6.5 million) Myer-Farmer’s development was the largest fully enclosed shopping centre in NSW until Roselands upstaged it the following year. In 1969, Westfield bought Miranda Fair for $10 million and set about enlarging it.

MIRANDA Fair was hailed as a ‘‘shoppers’ paradise’’ when it opened in 1964.

The £31⁄4 million ($6.5 million) Myer-Farmer’s development, which was built on the site of an old brick pit, was the largest fully enclosed shopping centre in NSW until Roselands upstaged it the following year.

A special edition of the Leader was published on Monday, March 16, to mark the opening at 3pm that day by premier Bob Heffron in front of 1600 guests.

‘‘Only 17 months ago this site was an old quarry in paddocks covered with weeds and long grass, and Miranda itself was a quiet little shopping centre,’’ the front page noted.

In 1969, Westfield bought Miranda Fair for $10 million and set about enlarging it.

RED PLANET

Memories persist of a strange day in 2009 when a red dust cloud blew in from the outback, blanketed Sydney, including St George and Sutherland Shire, and created eerie images such as this front page photo of an early morning swimmer at Cronulla. Picture: John Veage

Memories persist of a strange day in 2009 when a red dust cloud blew in from the outback, blanketed Sydney, including St George and Sutherland Shire, and created eerie images such as this front page photo of an early morning swimmer at Cronulla. Picture: John Veage

FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Every Friday we delve into the Leader archives to embark on some time travel.

We will bring you a photograph of a news event from 57 years of Leader news coverage that you may or may not recall.

Flashback Friday submissions are also welcomed.

  • Feel free to share your recollections with us on our Facebook page @stgeorgesutherlandleader or email leaderletters@fairfaxmedia.com.au
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