The Parkes & District Historical Society will be holding it’s annual Smoke Rust and Noise Day on Sunday, 2nd April at Henry Parkes Museum antique machinery site. This will be our 22nd year of having a Start Up Day (as we used to call it). The day will be a celebration of 50 years of the Henry Parkes Museum and 47 years of the Antique Machinery Museum.
Special visitors on the day will include the Armstrong Siddely Car Club and hopefully the Small Engine Group from Mumbil. The 2nd of April will also commence our year of special displays. We will celebrate our history and heritage by showcasing a number of items, as well as the history of Radio 2PK – The Voice of the Golden West – for its 80th anniversary. The 2PK Sunshine Club had up to 5,000 members while the 11am playing of Painting the Clouds with Sunshine was very popular too. The Forbes and Trundle Clubs are still going today. The clubs raised thousands of dollars for the Royal Far West Children’s Health Scheme. Researching its history is ongoing and has been very interesting.
For just $5 entry you will see, hear and smell some rare tractors and stationary engines on 2nd April. Our main museum will be part of the entry with our newest displays on show. A barbeque lunch will be available on the day.
All money raised will go to several of our special restoration projects. Make sure to keep 2nd April open in your diary to come and spend some time at your local museum.
By Yvonne Hutton