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Welcome to Now and Then: a peek into our community's past

Forty-five years ago is more than a lifetime for many, but only like yesterday for some. Each month we dip into the Shepparton News files to explore our community’s modern history and connect it to the exploding digital world.

ROB MCLEAN October 1, 2012 3:25pm

The News December, 1967

Everything, but nothing, has changed since 1967.

Journalist Rob McLean with editor Kristin Favaloro revisit the articles from the 1960s.

Journalist Rob McLean with editor Kristin Favaloro revisit the articles from the 1960s.

Newspapers unquestionably dominated the media landscape 45 years ago and although they looked decidedly different from what we see today, the stories and pictures, obviously different in content, told much the same stories.

Although the intent might be a quick look at the 45-year-old papers, within minutes you become engrossed in reading about council elections, footy finals, who won a local beauty contest, how cheap or expensive things seemed and after a year since its introduction, how some people had not switched completely to the new decimal currency system.

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Yes, everything was different, but nothing had changed. It was still the doings of people and their pursuit of seemingly endless passions that made the news.

In September ’67 The News discussed a visit to the city by artist Sidney Nolan; a conference involving 100 delegates of the Young Country Party to be opened by the Deputy Prime Minister and national leader of the Country Party, John McEwen; extensive reports on Shepparton golf by Bert Larsen; how the delivery of irrigation water in Victoria had reached a record of two million acre-feet; and how about 150 people had attended the annual meeting of the Goulburn Trotting Club where Mr J.A. Phillips was elected unopposed as club president.

The News masthead: September, 1967

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