Photos from the Leader's archives over the last six decades


Nina's Chocolates at Gymea enjoyed the sweet taste of success at the 2004 Royal Easter Show when it was named the most successful chocolate exhibitor and won four gold, nine silver and 10 bronze medals.

Similar results followed at the 2004 Royal Melbourne Dairy Show, where the business once again won the title of most successful exhibitor, was awarded a perfect 100 for its novelty creations and took home eight gold medals and 20 silver medals.


The new Princes Highway bypass of Sutherland shopping centre opened to traffic in 1965.

The road link between Kirrawee and Loftus was one of several improvements accompanying the building of Captain Cook Bridge, which was completed the following year.

Others works included widening Taren Point Road, The Boulevarde, Kiora Road, President Avenue and Merton Street.

Names for the new bridge were being discussed in 1965.

Shire president Keith Bates suggested Endeavour, while another idea was to name it after President John F Kennedy.


Six-year-old Martin Mynott, of Cronulla, was among many people at Sydney Airport in 1971 who were overwhelmed by the size of the heaviest wrestler in the world, "Haystacks" Calhoun.

Calhoun, who weighed more than 43 stone (273 kilograms). visited Australia to take part in World Championship Wrestling, run by the Nine Network from  1964 until 1978.

"Haystacks", who was promoted as a loveable hillbilly, was a top attraction from the 1950s to the 1970s.

He died at 55.


School children from the Cronulla area held hands as they lined Captain Cook Drive in March, 1988, for one of the many bicentenary events that year.

Captions on photos in the Leader's archives don't identify the event, and no story could be found in papers around that date.

Parents or the children who participated may like to share details on the Leader's Facebook page.


THE $178 million Resort Hotel at Brighton-Le-Sands opened in 1990.

Later renamed the Novotel, following the collapse of The Resort chain, the hotel is on the site of Thomas Saywell's original Brighton Hotel.

In 1952, R W Miller and Co, an associate company of British Breweries, bought the hotel and a new hotel was built alongside the original building in the 1960s.

In the 1980s, the property was purchase by development company Dainford Holdings, which cleared the site and built the Resort Hotel at a cost of about $165 million.

The stepped back design was similar to Jupiters Casino in Surfers Paradise. The 14-level hotel had 308 suites.

However, Dainford Holdings went into receivership in 1991 just after completing the project and the hotel eventually changed hands.