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Yarrabandai

Many towns in the Parkes Shire have interesting histories; of sporting triumphs and heydays that look back to a time of larger populations. However only one village in the Parkes … Continue reading

November 27, 2020 · Leave a comment

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 · 6 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

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

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

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 · 1 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… Easter of 1913

historyparkes¬†continues the series of blog posts highlighting a particular period in the history of the Parkes Shire. This post will focus on the Easter of 1913. The dates of Easter … Continue reading

March 21, 2018 · Leave a comment