Sixty-four years of news con­tin­ues

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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.

Pic­ture: Gat­ton Star

FLASH­BACK: Front pages from the Gat­ton Star's 64 years of pub­li­ca­tion.

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