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Distinguished and Famous people from Parkes

Sir Henry Parkes

Sir Henry Parkes was an Australian politician who played a pivotal role in the Federation of Australia. He was born on May 27, 1815, in Canley, Warwickshire, England, and later migrated to Australia. He served as the Premier of New South Wales on multiple occasions between 1872 and 1891. As a strong advocate for the federation of Australian colonies, he is often referred to as the "Father of Federation." Sir Henry Parkes passed away on April 27, 1896.

Bill Peach

Bill Peach was an Australian television presenter, journalist, and author. Born on June 15, 1935, in Parkes, New South Wales, he began his career as a radio journalist before transitioning to television. Peach is best known for hosting various travel and current affairs programs, including the popular "The Great Australian Pie Machine," "The World Around Us," and "This Day Tonight." He was also a significant contributor to the ABC's "The Investigators" program. Bill Peach passed away on August 27, 2013.

Jessica Watson

Jessica Watson is an Australian sailor who made history by becoming the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop, and unassisted around the world at the age of 16. She was born on May 18, 1993, in the city of Gold Coast, Queensland, but spent her early childhood in Parkes. Watson's incredible feat, known as the "Ella's Pink Lady" voyage, commenced on October 18, 2009, and concluded on May 15, 2010, after sailing more than 23,000 nautical miles. Her accomplishment earned her numerous accolades and recognition worldwide.

Major General Gordon Maitland

Major General Gordon Maitland, born in Parkes, New South Wales, was a senior officer in the Australian Army. He served in various leadership positions throughout his military career, including roles in the Royal Australian Artillery and the Special Air Service Regiment. His notable achievements include commanding the Australian forces deployed to East Timor as part of INTERFET (International Force for East Timor) in 1999. Major General Gordon Maitland retired from the Australian Army in 2000.

Sally Fitzgibbons

Sally Fitzgibbons is a professional surfer who hails from Gerroa, New South Wales, but spent her early years in Parkes. Born on December 19, 1990, she has achieved great success in the sport, becoming one of Australia's top female surfers. Fitzgibbons has competed in the World Surf League (WSL) Championship Tour and has earned multiple victories and top rankings throughout her surfing career.

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The historical radio telescope dish which actively took part in the 1969 first landing of man in the moon located in Parkes
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