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Category Archives: ANZAC

Bogan Gate War Memorial

Most, if not all, country towns have a war memorial. A monument to commemorate those who made the supreme sacrifice; war memorials began after the First World War and have … Continue reading

April 17, 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

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

The Rise, Fall and Rise of the Population of the Parkes Shire Part 1 1865-1945

In August the latest census was conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and¬†HistoryParkes thought it would be interesting to look at how the population of the Parkes Shire has … Continue reading

October 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

History Week 2015 – Library Display

September 5th to September 13th is NSW History Week. The theme is War: Nationalism & Identity. Parkes Library has a display of some items that are in keeping with this … Continue reading

September 11, 2015 · Leave a comment

Diaries from the Battlefield: Memories from Bogan Gate’s Major Sydney Walker Part 2

Major Sydney Walker’s experiences continue to be ones of trying conditions. Yet he manages to write them down, something that all of us can read to get a better understanding … Continue reading

June 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Diaries from the Battlefield : Memories from Bogan Gate’s Major Sydney Walker Part 1

While Charles Bean needs to be commended for his Official History of Australia in the War of 1914-1918¬† it was the men who kept diaries and journals that offers a … Continue reading

May 19, 2015 · 3 Comments

Invisible Angels – Nurses in the Great War

While soldiers immediately come to mind when remembering those who served in the war, the almost-hidden angels were the medical teams – largely dominated by women, serving as nurses. Parkes … Continue reading

May 1, 2015 · 1 Comment

Death of Peak Hill’s Private A. J. Hill

It would have been unimaginably difficult to have to be a soldier writing to another family and telling them that their son was killed in action. Such was communications back … Continue reading

April 21, 2015 · Leave a comment