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Category Archives: 1930s

Brolgan

Many of the towns in the Parkes Shire who have seen their heydays come and go have questionable futures. However Brolgan isn’t one of those, with its site set to … Continue reading

June 30, 2020 · 3 Comments

Wongalea & Sunstruck

There are many towns and villages within the Parkes Shire LGA (local government area), Wongalea is just one of them. Wongalea was one of many country towns to have a … Continue reading

April 30, 2020 · 4 Comments

Daroobalgie

It still contains buildings that historians love to look at. Indeed it’s position in Australian history is assured, seeing as it played a part in one of the many “snowball … Continue reading

February 28, 2020 · 2 Comments

Nelungaloo

One of the many villages whose prime period is in the past, Nelungaloo is an often overlooked and underappreciated part of Australian history. With not one but three famous Australians … Continue reading

December 17, 2019 · 3 Comments

Cookamidgera

Travelling to Parkes on the “Orange Road” (technically Henry Parkes Way) there is a little village on the left, Cookamidgera. While its heyday has come and gone, it still holds … Continue reading

October 31, 2019 · 6 Comments

The Howard Family

One of the many books in Parkes Library’s Family & Local History Resource room is called Honour The Pioneers. That could be the motto historyparkes lives by, with each post honouring those who … Continue reading

June 27, 2019 · 2 Comments

James McGirr – from Parkes to Premier

One of more famous surnames within the Parkes Shire is McGirr. The McGirrs were among the pioneers of Parkes and their influence was great not just in Parkes but also … Continue reading

May 31, 2019 · 2 Comments

Rawdon Middleton VC

The term ‘hero’ is an over-used and often inaccurate phrase allocated to popular celebrities and champions of sport. However Rawdon Middleton is a hero in the truest sense – a … Continue reading

April 2, 2019 · Leave a comment

The Flying Officer from Bogan Gate

The story of Keith Kearney, a young lad from Bogan Gate, is similar to many others of his era. With life opening its doors of possibilities, the Second World War … Continue reading

December 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Cec Pepper: The Parkes Lad Too Spicy for Bradman

Title picture of the larger than life personality that was Cecil ‘Cec’ Pepper. Clockwise from left: Cecil Pepper and Keith Miller walk out to bat during 1940s; author Ken Piesse … Continue reading

December 19, 2018 · 1 Comment