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Leader 60th anniversary photos and stories from the 1970s

The celebration of the Leader's 60th anniversary continues with this gallery of outstanding photos and front pages from the 1970s.

Development in St George and Sutherland Shire gathered pace in the 1970s and the area was centre stage for an historic occasion.

On April 29, 1970, tens of thousands of residents welcomed the Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Princess Anne as they drove to Kurnell for a re-enactment of Cook's landing 200 years earlier.

Alfords Point Bridge, a new double-track railway bridge at Como and the Waterfall-Bulli expressway were completed during the decade, and the development of a "satellite city" at Menai was assisted by a new bridge at Woronora.

The retail revolution continued, with the opening of Westfield Shoppingtown at Hurstville and Kogarah Town Centre, and the doubling in size of Miranda Fair.

It was a time of great political turbulence, with the sacking of the Whitlam government.

Mr Whitlam had earlier lived in Cronulla while representing the area in Parliament after unsuccessfully standing at council and state government elections.

He returned to the shire as prime minister for several important events, including the opening of the Cronulla Sports Complex eight months before the dismissal.

Cronulla-Sutherland District Rugby League Football Club came of age in the 1970s, opening a new home ground and leagues club, and nearly winning its first premiership in one of the most brutal clashes on record.

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