Sixty-four years of news continues
WHEN the Gatton Star rolled off the printing presses for the last time yesterday, it marked the end of an era.
While we’ll still be here to bring you the best news online, it’s important to look back at the near seven decades of news the Gatton Star has covered.
While our archives only go back to the early 1980s, there’s still been some huge stories in that time, – both terrific and terrible. Laidley High School Opens – 1985
Laidley High School was officially opened by the then Deputy Premier and local member Bill Gunn.
The new school cost
$1,429,000 at the time, and to celebrate the opening, the deputy premier granted students and teachers a holiday. Forest Hill Bomb Scare – 1987
It’s one of the Lockyer Valley’s biggest mysteries – who tried to blow up the Forest Hill Hotel?
In late August, police discovered a stolen Ford Falcon from Sydney parked outside of the small pub with two “incendiary devices” strapped to it.
Police at the time described it as a “professional” job.
But despite a thorough investigation, the case was never solved.
Laidley Shire Centenary – 1988
It seems like a lifetime ago when the proud shires of Laidley and Gatton merged to form Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
But in 1988, the Laidley Shire celebrated 100 years of existence.
The occasion was marked with a re-enactment of the first even meeting of the shire council. Hawks crowned premiers – 1989 In September 1989, the Gatton Hawks A grade team capped off a stunning season to lift the Toowoomba Rugby League premiership trophy.
The final say, the Hawks soared to success, beating the All Whites 30-18.
Twenty years later, many of the members of the team watched on as three Hawks sides played finals at the 2019 grand final – but it was not to be a repeat, with all teams falling at the last hurdle. The Gatton Star will continue to cover all these great, stories as it continues in a digital platform.
FLASHBACK: Front pages from the Gatton Star's 64 years of publication.