From the Archives: The Advocate

40 years ago

February 19, 1975

Plans are being completed for the first international-type Mardi Gras to be held in the city of Sunshine.

The Mardi Gras will be the highlight of the last day of the Cooinda Festival – the week-long people’s festival to be held in Sunshine next month.

This was stated today by Mr Mervyn Pentreath, organiser of the Grand Cooinda Procession and Cooinda Mardi Gras, both to be held in central Sunshine.

30 years ago

February 20, 1985

Lester Ellis’s next fight should be against an Italian. That is the opinion of ‘Mr Boxing’, Norm Foster, who should know what he is talking about.

Foster, a former main eventer, controlled the Melbourne fight scene during the TV Ringside boom.

“There isn’t an Italian in Melbourne who wouldn’t want one of his countrymen to take a crack at the IBF world junior lightweight title,” Foster said.

20 years ago

February 15, 1995

Work has started more than two years ahead of schedule on the massive interchange between the new Western Ring Road and Calder Freeway.

More than 20, out of a possible 30, houses in Keilor Park have already been removed since demolition work began four months ago, and up to 75 commercial or industrial properties look set to follow.

The estimated cost of building the interchange was $56 million.

10 years ago

February 15, 2005

More than 140 people were evacuated from Watergardens Hoyts Cinema late last Tuesday night after security guards feared the alleged murderer of a Sydenham man was in the area.

Police are searching for the body of the victim. He is alleged to have been shot and dismembered by a former criminal associate earlier this month.

Homicide detectives said there were suspicious circumstances.