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stories, photos, anecdotes….. sharing the past

Category Archives: 1950s

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 Dish – Connecting Parkes & the World to the Moon

July 21st, 2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of man landing on the moon. A unique time in the history of humanity, one that was watched on television by one fifth … Continue reading

July 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

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

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

HMAS Parkes

The legacy of Sir Henry Parkes continues beyond the naming of the town and shire known as Parkes. A minesweeper during the Second World War was named after the town … Continue reading

February 15, 2019 · 2 Comments

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 · Leave a comment

Len Unger – 100 years in the Parkes Shire

PLEASE NOTE: The oral history recording of Len Unger was conducted on his 100th birthday in his room at Rosedurnate Aged Care Plus Centre. There are activities within the building, … Continue reading

November 21, 2018 · Leave a comment

Armstrong Park

Nestled within the leafy, eastern side of Parkes, is a park that junior cricketers frequent on a Saturday. It also contains the only public basketball court in town. Originally known … Continue reading

August 29, 2018 · Leave a comment

A Look Back At…. November 1953

Some of the images of November 1953 from Parkes and around the world. Clockwise from top left: Hungary and England walk out at Wembley on 25 November 1953. England lose … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · 1 Comment