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Pasher Bulker June
Long Weekend storms --
expands into Mid
opens our 50th
branch in Forster
Winner of Home Lender
of the Year (again) at the
Financial Review Smart
Investor Blue Ribbon
Awards-- ahead of
all the major banks
has supported more than
210 organisations to the
tune of over $7.3million
2004 2005 2006
Expands into New England
and Northern Rivers
SILVERCHAIR RELEASE THEIR FIRST
SINGLE: AUGUST, 1994
When a band made up of three 15-year-old kids
from Newcastle released their ﬁrst record in
August, 1994 – a song called Tomorrow, originally
recorded in little more than a tin shed at the dead
end of a lane in the backstreets of Cardiff - no
one could have known that the Hunter’s greatest
musical success story was being born.
Silverchair’s song went on to spend six weeks at
No 1 on the Australian singles charts and 20 weeks
in the top 10. In 1995 it became the most played
song of the year on US modern rock radio and set
the band on the way to 21 ARIA awards – more than
any other artist in history - ﬁve studio albums that
all made it to No 1 in Australia, the sale of more
than six million albums worldwide and concerts
such as Rock in Rio on January 21, 2001, before
250,000 people - the biggest show of their lives.
Singer/guitarist Daniel Johns, drummer Ben
Gillies and bassist Chris Joannou were all born in
Merewether in 1979 and got their big break in 1994,
winning a national demo competition conducted by
SBS TV show Nomad and Triple J.
After Tomorrow’s success they released their
debut album Frogstomp, which went on to become
the ﬁrst Australian album since INXS to hit the US
Then came the albums Freak Show (1997), Neon
Ballroom (1999), Diorama (2002) and Young
Modern (2007), the ﬁfth consecutive album of the
band to top the charts, eclipsing Cold Chisel and
Midnight Oil, who each had four Australian number
ones, while ACDC, INXS and Crowded House had
PETER DOOHAN’S WIMBLEDON
UPSET: JUNE, 1987
In one of the greatest shocks in Wimbledon history,
Newcastle tennis player Peter Doohan knocked the
two-time defending champion, Boris Becker, out of
The Championships in 1987.
“I kept telling myself he is not a Lendl or a
Leconte,” Becker said after the second-round
match. “He can’t keep volleying like this. He’ll crack
just once, and then it will be easy.” But Doohan
didn’t crack, winning 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4. He went
on to beat Leif Shiras in ﬁve sets and then lost to
Slobodan Zivojinovic 6-2, 6-4, 7-6. Pat Cash won
the title that year, beating Ivan Lendl 7-6, 6-2, 7-5.
Doohan is still the only player from the Hunter
Valley to represent Australia in Davis Cup and was
a member of the 1986 winning team. On the ATP
tour, he reached a career-high world rank of 43 in
singles and 13 in doubles, winning six ATP titles.
Although most famous for his defeat of Becker,
Doohan also claimed the scalps of players such as
Andre Agassi and Goran Ivanisevic in singles and
John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors in doubles.
He now coaches at the Nelson Bay Tennis Club.
LUSKIN STAR SHOWS HIS BRILLIANCE:
Patrons at the 1977 Golden Slipper, the world’s
richest race for two-year-old racehorses, saw one
of the greatest performances in the race’s history
when the champion Newcastle colt Luskin Star,
showing brilliant speed, won by seven lengths
taking 1.7 seconds off the race record.
Luskin Star won the NSW triple crown of juvenile
racing that year, taking the Slipper, AJC Sires
Produce and Champagne Stakes.
Bred at Luskintyre and trained by Max Lees,
Luskin Star had 17 starts in all for 13 wins and was
unplaced only once, in the Cox Plate.
After a career at stud, the champion died aged
28 in 2002.
6. City takes to air
NEWCASTLE AIRPORT OPENS: FEBRUARY, 1948
For many years early last century there was plenty of talk about an
airport for Newcastle, but very little happened.
Broadmeadow was discarded as a site, a plan for a sea plane
was scrapped, reclaiming Hexham swampland was suggested and
abandoned, as were sites at Sandgate and Boolaroo.
Then RAAF Williamtown opened on February 15, 1941, and in
1947 a civilian charter ﬂight ﬁrst landed, followed by scheduled
seven-day-a-week TAA DC3 ﬂights on February 20, 1948.
The airport, operated by Newcastle and Port Stephens councils,
now serves more than one million passengers a year, with seven
airlines and about 150 domestic ﬂights a week.
7. Start of something big
FIRST SURFEST WINNER: NOVEMBER, 1985
When Tom Curren won the ﬁrst Surfest title in 1985 – then the BHP
Steel International – an estimated 40,000-strong crowd watched
proceedings, possibly still the largest crowd ever attracted to a
Newcastle sporting event. At the time Surfest was the richest
surﬁng contest in the world, and became the ﬁrst event in
the history of surﬁng to offer more than $100,000 in money
and prizes. Curren beat South African Shaun Tomson in that
ﬁrst ﬁnal, with Wendy Botha beating Pam Burridge in the
women’s event. Surfest is now the longest-running surﬁng
contest in NSW and has provided many diamonds over the
years, particularly in 2000 when 12 world champions were in
the water together – Pete Townend, Tom Curren, Barton Lynch,
Shaun Tomson, Wayne Bartholomew, Mark Richards, Tom Carroll,
Damien Hardman, Mark Occhilupo, Derek Ho, Martin Potter and
Kelly Slater – a feat never before achieved.
Airport extensions, 1975
Tom Curren, 1985
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