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1970 The Peak Hill Roosters fly high!

History is amazing, and yet incredible stories and achievements can become so quickly forgotten. Our aim at Parkes Library is to continue to bring the amazing history of the Parkes Shire to light. A reminder of amazing events, people and facts or perhaps shedding light for new readers. This post also highlights some of the amazing resources that can be found in Parkes Library’s Family & Local History resource room.

While those interested in the Chinese zodiac proclaim that 2017 is the year of the rooster, for Peak Hill it was 1970. The Peak Hill Roosters, the rugby league team for Peak Hill, were champions in first grade, reserve grade, junior grade and schoolboy champions in Under 14s, Under 12s and runners up in Under 10s. The matches were played at Trundle’s Berryman Park, and with Tullamore another grand finalist there was a strong Parkes shire flavour to the day.

The newspaper was a special feature and not part of the microfilm collection in Parkes Library’s Family & Local History resources. Other copies of Peak Hill & District Times can be found on microfilm within Parkes Library and these cannot be found on Trove (although Trove has digitalised The Peak Hill Express 1902-1952).

First Grade

Peak Hill Roosters First grade played their home games at Lindner Oval (click here to read more about Lindner Oval). The Roosters’ opponents were Molong and the match was described as a thriller – with both sides taking the lead throughout the game. Ken Rodwell scored three tries, with George Hoy and C. Davis scoring a try each. J Palmer scored five goals and Ken Rodwell kicked one field goal. Peak Hill defeated Molong 27 to 17 and were awarded the Dwyer Memorial Shield (read more about Charles Dwyer here)

Front page of the special edition Peak Hill & District Times. The souvenir edition was printed to celebrate Peak Hill's success in rugby league in 1970. The front page features photographs of the first grade Roosters team. Source: Peak Hill & District Times Friday 18th September 1970 page 1

Front page of the special edition Peak Hill & District Times. The souvenir edition was printed to celebrate Peak Hill’s success in rugby league in 1970. The front page features photographs of the first grade Roosters team. Source: Peak Hill & District Times Friday 18th September 1970 page 1

Second Grade (aka Reserve Grade)

Roosters’ opponents Tullamore were considered the pre-match favourites but captain coach Jim Hando (also listed as R. Hando) lead his team well. Tries by M. Keed, R. Job, and K. Sharkey; with 2 goals by B. Keed and 1 by I Hando. Peak Hill defeated Tullamore 18 to 5.

The second page of the special souvenir edition of the local newspaper features the victorious Reserve Grade team of Peak Hill Roosters. Source: Peak Hill & District Time Friday 18th September 1970 page 2

The second page of the special souvenir edition of the local newspaper features the victorious Reserve Grade team of Peak Hill Roosters. Source: Peak Hill & District Times Friday 18th September 1970 page 2

Juniors

Peak Hill’s junior side were taking on Cargo, who took the lead with a penalty. That two pointer was all Cargo could score, with the Junior Roosters displaying why Ron Hoy was considered one of the most gifted coaches in country rugby league. Tries by I. Rosser, N. Wagstaff, R. Wilson, P. Furner, R. Hoy and P. Hackett. B. Sharkey scored 7 goals with R. Wilson getting one goal. Peak Hill defeated Cargo 34 to 2.

Peak Hill Juniors, victors by 34 to 2, are featured on the third page of the special souvenir local newspaper. Source: Peak Hill & District Times 18th September 1970 page 3

Peak Hill Juniors, victors by 34 to 2, are featured on the third page of the special souvenir local newspaper. Source: Peak Hill & District Times 18th September 1970 page 3

 Peak Hill Schoolboys

The 1970 National Fitness Schoolboy champions saw two more Peak Hill teams crowned premiers, and another one runners up. The Under 14s defeated Parkes High School 6 to 3. The Under 12s defeated Parkes Marist Bros 11 nil. The Under 10s narrowly lost to Parkes Marist Bros 3 nil.

Peak Hill schoolboys also triumphed with Under 14s and Under 12s winning their grand finals against Parkes High School and Parkes Marist Bros respectively. The Under 10s were runners up to Parkes Marist Bros. Source: Peak Hill & District Times Friday 18th September 1970 page 4

Peak Hill schoolboys also triumphed with Under 14s and Under 12s winning their grand finals against Parkes High School and Parkes Marist Bros respectively. The Under 10s were runners up to Parkes Marist Bros. Source: Peak Hill & District Times Friday 18th September 1970 page 4

 Parkes Library Resources

The special souvenir edition of Peak Hill & District Times is not available on microfilm. However during a clean up a hard copy, that had been laminated, was discovered and this is on display in the Family & Local History resource room. This room is used as the office for the Family & Local History Library Officer to research and publish the ParkesHistory blog, and conduct F&LH search enquiries. However it is also a room where members of the public can take advantage of the many resources. There are books on family  history, local history and a small selection of general history books. The resources include microfilm of newspapers – such as Western ChampionParkes Champion PostPeak Hill & District Times and Narromine News. There is also an extensive collection of microfilm from the State Archives, thus saving Parkes Shire residents a trip to the Kingswood (near Penrith) head office.

If you have not used a microfilm scanner before, or have questions about family & local history make an appointment to see Dan Fredericks, Library Officer – Family & Local History by ringing Parkes Library on 6861 2309

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REFERENCE LIST

  • Sharah, C. (2016). Brett Finch, Peak Hill Roosters [Photograph found in Parkes Champion Post, Parkes]. In Parkes Champion Post (p. 28). Parkes, NSW: Parkes Champion Post. (Originally photographed 2016, April 22)
  • 1970 Premiership Souvenir. (1970, September 18). Peak Hill & District Times, p. 1 -4
  • McCarron, J. (1970, September 9). Premiers 3 Grand Finals to Peak Hill. Peak Hill & District Times, pp. 1-8.

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