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Then and Now – 1980s


A special guest at the official opening of Collingwood College of TAFE’s new Otter Street complex was Collingwood Football club legend and former Collingwood Technical School student, Lou Richards.  

However, during the ceremony there was a bomb scare and the latter part of the ceremony was cancelled and the building evacuated.

The Footwear Department (The Boot and Shoe School) building fronting the Collingwood campus’ Wellington Street boundary was a thriving department but its demise occurred during the 1980s with the decline of the footwear industry generally.  The leather smell that permeated the building was still evident after the building was refurbished to accommodate the Visual Arts Department.

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