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2018
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Flashback Friday: First woman mayor elected

In a regular series, we are going to take you on a little time travel as we delve into the Wodonga Council archives.

We will bring you stories and photographs from the 142 years since Wodonga became its own municipality.

The council’s archives are filled with interesting stories, some you may have heard of and some you may not have, and a couple that are mysteries.

Feel free to share your recollections of Wodonga on our Facebook page or via email media@wodonga.vic.gov.au

As we head into a mayoral election next week, we thought we would take you back to when Wodonga had its first female mayor, Pam Stone.

The headline of the day on August 6 back in 1985 was "Pam Clinches Top City Job".

Pam, who was also Wodonga's first female councillor in 1977, gained the top job in a 5-4 vote against the mayor for the past 12 months, Cr Les Boyes.

Aged 56 at the time, Pam had been a councillor for nine years and was following in the footsteps of her late husband, Les Stone, a former councillor and Wodonga's first mayor.

Pam was known for her compassionate and effective support to underprivileged people of Wodonga.

She had a profound input into establishing post school education in Wodonga and Albury.

Pam was awarded the OAM in 1994 and Pam Stone Park in West Wodonga commemorates and celebrates her service to the people of Wodonga and more broadly the Border community.