Parkes history | Looking Back

MARCH 1977

Mrs Marjorie Hadley of Trundle is the Oxley Group CWA Country woman of the year.

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Parkes Primary School swimming champions are Scott Collins and Karen Kinsella senior and Victor Miller and Nicola Clement junior.

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The $1.5m factory constructed by Du Pont at Bogan Gate was officially opened by the member for Dubbo Mr John Mason.

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Mr Roger Rechner of Rechner equipment donates an american international pedal tractor to the Parkes pre school. He imported it for the purpose of donating it to the school as he has had a long relationship with the school. This is only the second one to come to Australia , the other was bought by a farmer in Trundle.

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This weeks guest hostess is Mrs Linda McGlynn.

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Sgt Des Smith of Parkes Police is transferred to Warilla after 15 years in Parkes.

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MARCH 1997

The price of the Champion Post rises to $1, the first rise in 2 years.

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After 71 years the former railway D.L. Office in May Street will close, as will the one in Dubbo. The division engineer in Parkes Mr Brian Crutcher said almost the entire staff of 11 accepted redundancy packages and will end their railway careers. Only Phil Baker with 21 years service will remain employed.

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Officers elected in Parkes Torch Bearers for Legacy are:- Patrons D. Nunn, E. Miskell. President Pat O’Donnell, Vice Presidents D. Nunn and A. Martin, Secretary Sally Phillips, Assistant Secretary P. Harper, Treasurers Jim and Pat Harper.

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JANUARY 2007

Mr David Cooke was officer in charge of the Parkes Telescope from 1988 to 1993 and was also the senior receiver engineer at the 1969 Apollo 11 landing in July. Mr Cooke will receive on of the inaugural “Stars of Australia” awards. The awards have been initiated by the Australian Chamber of Commerce Houston and Western Australian Trade and Investment Office. The awards celebrate the Australians and Americans whose notable achievements have arisen from the long connection between the two countries.

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Parkes Shire’s Australia Day Ambassador this year is Prashanth Shanmugan, a Hindu who grew up in Lidcombe. He travelled 2500 kilometres across NSW speaking to high school students and community groups about international humanitarian law and the Red Cross’s role in world conflict zones.

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