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In our continuing series looking at the stories behind the names of the sporting fields and parks in the Parkes Shire, historyparkes.org puts the spotlight on Berryman Park in Trundle. Named after not one, but two hardworking stalwarts of the community – William “Bill” Berryman and his father Richard John Oliver “Oliver” Berryman – Berryman Park (or Berryman Oval as it is sometimes called) is the venue for Trundle’s sporting and cultural activities. Both father and son were farmers – which would be enough to earn them the title of hardworking citizen – however they were both community-minded members of Trundle, and Berryman Park is a fitting tribute to two more inspiring Parkes Shire residents.
Home of the Trundler Boomers Rugby League team and the Trundle Cricket Club, Berryman Park is the epicentre for all sporting pursuits in Trundle, with Trundle Swimming Pool sharing part of the land. Trundle Boomers play in the Woodbridge Cup competition of Country Rugby League. While not having tasted victory (yet!) in the senior competition, Trundle were runners-up in 2015 to Binalong Brahmans. Trundle narrowly lost 30-28 and will be hoping to go one better in 2016. Trundle Cricket Club has experienced more success on their home oval that some refer to as ‘the duck pond’!
Richard John Oliver Berryman (known as Oliver or RJO) was born in Narromine in 1897. In 1912 his family came to live at “Aviemoor” in Trundle and he lived in the district until his death in 1972 (Watts & Wright, 1987 p269). At age 21 he enlisted in the army during the First World War (one of the 149 men from Trundle area to enlist between 1914 and 1918). Berryman was a gunner with the 6th Field Artillery Brigade and sailed from Sydney on board RMS Orontes. Fortunately he was one of the few who returned home. While sport was played on this recreation ground since 1908, it was in need of major improvements. In order to achieve this, a meeting was arranged with Goobang Shire Council for March 3rd 1952 and a decision reached to form the Trundle Sports Council. The aim of this body was to…
administer the Recreation Ground, work towards the improvement of its facilities and thereby promote sporting activities in the town. Source: Watts, Janice P. & Wright, Chas F. (1987) The Story of Trundle: A Country Town and Its People Trundle: Ian Berry & Judith Curr, page 268
Oliver Berryman was the inaugural president of the Trundle Sports Council. It was due to his hard work and vision to establish the Sports Council, in addition to his tireless efforts once president of the Trundle Sports Council, that Goobang Shire Council decided to name the recreation reserve Berryman Park.
The Queen’s Coronation celebrations in Trundle were celebrated with a “monster” day of sports which was organised by the Trundle Sports Council. At the time RJO Berryman was Sports Council president. (The Trundle Star Friday, June 5, 1953 page 1) NOTE: The results of the day are listed on the front page of The Trundle Star but the quality has deteriorated over time. To be able to view the report and results clearly click here) This event was a fundraiser to enable improvements to be made to the Park.
While Oliver was President, the Trundle Sports Council achieved the following:
Source: Watts, Janice P. & Wright, Chas F. (1987) The Story of Trundle: A Country Town and Its People Trundle: Ian Berry & Judith Curr, page 269
In addition to his work on the Trundle Sports Council, Oliver Berryman was also instrumental in establishing the Trundle RSL Sub Branch. He was one of the many returned servicemen present at the second meeting on 31st May 1919 where officers were elected. Berryman himself was Treasurer from 1931-1934 (Source: My Trundle website)
Several articles paying tribute to the late Oliver Berryman and his work for the community. Source: Trundle Tullamore Star Wednesday June 14, 1972 page 5
The third child and second son of Oliver and Mabel Berryman, Bill, excelled at cricket and rugby league in his youth. According to his eldest daughter’s eulogy, Bill was school captain in his final year at Trundle Central School and afterwards was training to be an industrial chemist. Unforunately Bill’s older brother, John, died at the age of 21 due to side effects of leukaemia. This brought Bill back to Trundle and to a life of farming.
The My Trundle website has published the eulogy delivered by Bill’s eldest daughter, Dianne Chiofalo. In this moving and revealing piece, it is reported that Bill and his father were very close, talking on the telephone for up to 2 hours discussing farming and other matters. The eulogy also reveals how community-minded Bill Berryman was, continually promoting the area he lived in by his friendly demeanour, generosity and hospitality. Bill was a good sportsman, known for his cricketing prowess and played for the Trundle Colts while also representing Trundle District XI.
Berryman Park today is still the sporting hub of Trundle. The Trundle Boomers play their home games and receive tremendous support from the home fans. It is hoped that 2016 will be the year that Trundle finally win the Woodbridge Cup after finishing runners-up to Binalong Brahmans in the 2015 grand final. However Berryman Park has also been the venue for significant cultural events, with Trundle’s Australia Day celebrations held there for many years. In 2016, Trundle’s ABBA Festival (Australia’s first ABBA festival) will move to Berryman Park, ensuring that the local facility is enjoyed by an even wider audience.
Parkes Shire Council is ensuring that Berryman Park receives the improvements required to continue to entice residents and visitors to enjoy Berryman Park. Source: Parkes Champion Post Friday, March 4, 2016 page 8
Berryman Park is the venue for Trundle’s Australia Day celebrations. Source: Parkes Champion Post Friday, January 29, 2016 page 21
From 2016 Berryman Park will host Trundle’s ABBA Festival – a highlight on the social calendar in the Parkes Shire! Source: Parkes Champion Post Friday, January 29, 2016 page 22
The Trundle Boomers are having an amazing season. ParkesHistory wishes them every success as they continue to add to their history! Source: Parkes Champion Post
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