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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

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

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

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…. May 1990!

A Look Back At…. May 1990 Continuing our series of blog posts focusing on a particular period in the history of the Parkes Shire. This post looks at the month … Continue reading

June 1, 2018 · Leave a comment

Cobden Place

It can be challenging to commemorate the women and men from our past. Many towns pay homage to their historical and significant people by naming streets after them. This post … Continue reading

February 22, 2018 · 3 Comments

Narromine County

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are advised that the content below contains names of people who have died. Click here to read about┬áLindner Oval, Peak Hill Continuing our series on … Continue reading

February 1, 2018 · Leave a comment