stories, photos, anecdotes….. sharing the past
The town that is Parkes in 2015 didn’t just happen spontaneously. There are interesting back stories that intertwine and collaborate to lead us to what we see and experience in the present. To appreciate the great place that we have now we will need to understand the stories, people, events and incidents of the past.
The aim of this blog is to document our amazing history and to create a local resource that can be accessed anywhere and by anyone. It will also be a resource that is continually added to – we would love to hear stories about you and your family; post up pictures of your history that have become part of Parkes shire’s history. While the blog will be maintained by Parkes Library staff, we do not pretend to be the all-knowing oracles. This blog will give everyone a chance to share their story, to teach us all about how life was in Parkes in years gone.
The big question that faces most people undertaking a huge project is where do I start? Parkes has an incredibly diverse history – ranging from the traditional custodians of the Wiradjuri nation, to the discovery of gold, sporting success, the displaced migrants’ camp and a plethora of experiences that are unique to this shire. With the timing of this blog, we decided to start with ANZACs who came from the Parkes shire then continue with local men and women who were involved in the Great War. This information will create a tribute to the brave men and women of the Parkes Shire who left the Central West to go and fight for Australia.
This blog is an ever evolving resource, as new stories, photographs and information are found. Old and forgotten stories will be rediscovered. Local families will be able to retrace the steps of their ancestors; just as newcomers to Parkes Shire will be able to learn about some of the predecessors to their newfound home. If you have information that you would like added to the History Parkes blog, please contact library staff by telephoning (02) 6861 2309 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by dropping in to the Parkes Library.