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Category Archives: 1950s

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 · Leave a comment

A Look Back At… The Summer of 1952

historyparkes is continuing our series of blog posts highlighting a particular period in the history of the Parkes Shire. This post will focus on the summer months of 1952. The … Continue reading

March 9, 2018 · Leave a comment

History Week 2017 – Library Display

The beginning of September brings several things to residents of the Parkes Shire: the end of all the local shows; the beginning of spring and a History Week display in … Continue reading

October 3, 2017 · Leave a comment

AE Fox Park

There’s a popular park adjacent to the boundary of Parkes Early Childhood Centre (PECC) where many children play. It is located on Armstrong Street, not far from the CBD of … Continue reading

July 27, 2017 · Leave a comment

Snow in Parkes Shire

Mentioning the weather of the Parkes Shire, to residents or those further afield, and most people will immediately think of the summer heat! The summer heat can be memorable, but … Continue reading

June 16, 2017 · Leave a comment