Monday, 28 January 2019

Remember This? A strange year of weather (1988)

The weather does like to play games with us. This summer has been a fairly stormy one even though Sydney is in drought and also our weather is under the control of El Nino.

1988 was regarded by some as the year that bought the weirdest weather to Sydney. The Daily Telegraph presented a feature report on December 13, 1988.

So why was the weather "weird"?
  • The sixth wettest year on record - 1807mm had fallen up to December 12, 1988. According to the Weather Bureau, 1862mm would fall by December 31.
  • 506.6mm fell in April, the highest since 1861.
  • Warmest Winter on Record - Each day recorded an average temperature of 18.8 degrees, two degrees above average.
  • Hottest October on Record - Average daily temperature of 26 degrees.
  • Earliest recorded "Century Day" (when the temperature exceeds 38 degrees or 100 degrees on the Fahrenheit Scale) - 39.2 degrees on November 2. This record has been smashed with a 38-degree day on October 13, 2004.
  • Coldest November day on Record - 12.6 degrees on November 16.

Monday, 21 January 2019

Remember This? - Luna Park $6.50 Unlimited Rides pass

In May 1986, Luna Park offered a special $6.50 day pass for everyone to enjoy unlimited rides. It cost the equivalent of $17 in today's money.

According to the Luna Park Website, day passes in 2019 start from $23 if purchased online and is based on your height. Many children would be charged the full price of $51 (online) or $55 (purchased at the gate).

Source: John Singleton Advertising. 1986. "Luna Park Kids Prices for All: Only $6.50 each" (Advertisement). The Daily Telegraph, May 10: 6. 

Monday, 14 January 2019

Remember This? - Waltons Town Hall Closing Down Sale (1987)

Recently, I did a series on the evolution of the 2 Park Street site (Citigroup Centre). In 1987, Waltons closed their Town Hall store ahead of the redevelopment of the site.

The date of closure was February 9, 1987. Below are several advertisements that were published in The Sunday Telegraph (February 1 and 8, 1987) and The Daily Mirror (February 6, 1987).

Below are the links to entries relating to the evolution of the site as we see it today.

Monday, 7 January 2019

Remember This? - Opening advertisement for Jordans Seafood Restaurant (1988)

After spending the past fortnight focusing on our annual Christmas and New Year snapshots from 25 years ago, We shall return to our Remember This? Series.

This will continue throughout January.

Today, I share an advertisement to promote the opening of Jordans Seafood Restaurant at Darling Harbour as published in The Daily Telegraph on July 25, 1988 . Last year, it celebrated 30 years of trading.

Thursday, 3 January 2019

ANNOUNCEMENT FROM THE EDITOR: Photo hosting issues now fixed

I am pleased to announce that I have managed to go through each posting and have rehosted photos that were affected by the closing of my Flickr Account. You should not find any images missing.

I also did some "fine-tuning" of postings as well doing a spelling and grammar check to ensure that they were correct.