Tragedy, elation and major events recorded in photos from the Leader's archives over the last six decades

1990s: Michalel Marslew, 18, was shot dead when four men attempted to rob Jannali Pizza Hut in 1994.

The university student, who went outside to empty garbage, tried to warn other workers.

As messages from well-wishers poured in, Michael's mother Joan Griffiths told Leader reporter Nadja Filipi, "I was his mum and I was dreadfully proud of him, but I never realised before how many lives he touched. He was a real people kind of person".

Jannali High School principal Geoff Barnes said Michael's peers were planning an ongoing award to be presented to a student who made an outstanding achievement in drama, music or the performing arts, the areas that Michael loved.

Four men were subsequently convicted.

1960s: The state government announced in August, 1965 it would proceed immediately to build a double track rail bridge over the Georges River at Como.

The Minister for Transport Milton Morris said world-wide tenders would be called.

At that time, about 200 trains a day were using the single track bridge, which was more than 80 years old.

It would take a further seven years for the new bridge to be delivered at a cost of $5.6 million.

The official opening took place in 1972, with children from Como West, Minerva Street and Como Public Schools lining the old Como station platform to welcome the first train to cross the bridge.

1970s: Spin bowler Kerry O’Keefe was just 20 when he made his Test debut against England in the 1970-71 Ashes series.

The Kogarah Marist student was 16 when he was selected to play 1st Grade for St George in the 1965-66 season.

O'Keefe played 24 Tests for Australia, included tours to England, New Zealand and the West Indies, and 65 matches for NSW, during his career between 1968 and 1981.

1980s: The Wall, between North Cronulla and Elouera beaches, was built in 1985.

The structure, comprising 3500 hexagonal shaped concrete blocks, replaced a previous concrete, perpendicular wall, which was wrecked by a huge storm in 1974.

An earlier seawall had experienced the same fate.

2000s: Fifty firefighters couldn't save the Gymea Hotel from a fire that ripped through it September, 2004.

The fire was first noticed by a motorist on Gymea Bay Road just after 1am.

Four staff members escaped without injury.