Tasman Bridge Reopens: Saturday, 8th October, 1977

Although I awoke at ten past six, I did not rise until eight o’clock. By nine we had ventured up towards the back fence to begin our first serious attempt at pulling out the copious amount of Wandering Jew that was growing there. We also dismantled one of the chicken coops and a half of another. They have roofs of green Alsynite, which the creeper had partly concealed.

We returned to the house at ten minutes past ten and left to walk through Gymea. There, we passed the store that was used to sell carpets until it was gutted by fire last night; a fact that had been mentioned on “2KY News” earlier in the morning. At a cost of forty-cents, I bought a single red carnation for Tiki while she was shopping for groceries in Miranda.

Another programme of the series, “Cher”, appeared on Channel Seven from noon. “Sportsview” on Channel Two was hosted by Barry Eaton. It included a replay of the fourth and deciding Test at rugby union, which had been played at Eden Park, in Auckland, between the All Blacks and the touring British Lions. New Zealand scored a try in the last minutes of the match to snatch victory by ten points to nine and, thereby, also win the series by three matches to one. Bevan Wilson, whom at the age of twenty-one, bears the same name as a former Wallaby, played in the position of full-back for New Zealand.

This afternoon, “Luskin Star” took his record to ten wins and two seconds from his only twelve starts when he proved victorious in the Caulfield Guineas. “Family Of Man” won the Caulfield Stakes from “Unaware” and “Royal Cadenza”. “Nunkalowe”, proved to be too fast in winning the Toorak Handicap from “Tulla Honey” and “Lady Blintz”. “Luskin Star” has now amassed prize money of two hundred and forty-five thousand dollars.

Hobart’s Tasman Bridge reopened today, thirty-four months after it was rendered unusable when struck by the cargo ship, “Lake Illawarra”, on the evening of the 5th of January, in 1975. Twelve people died in the mishap. Seven of those were members of the ship’s crew.

Some friends of ours have recommended that we see the motion picture, “Rocky”.

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