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    FORBES COURT HOUSE

    by balhannah Updated Nov 6, 2012
    Forbes Courthouse

    Another historic building in Forbes! The Court House was built in 1880 to serve the large district which included Parkes and Condobolin.

    Would you believe, within the Victoria Square precinct there are 9 buildings classified by the National Trust

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    LAKE FORBES & PARK

    by balhannah Written Nov 6, 2012
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    On either side of Lake Forbes is a lovey lawned area for picnics and BBQ's. Toilets are located on both sides. You won't miss seeing the Vampire Jet sitting atop a pole. This is a single-seater fighter bomber introduced tot the RAAF in 1949, carried four 20mm cannons and 2000 lb rockets.

    We watched the bird life which turned out to be quite fascinating. Dozen's of Cormorants were fishing and doing quite well too! We watched them catch and eat fish, then fly off to dry their wings before returning again for more fishing.

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    ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Nov 6, 2012
    St. Andrew's Church

    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church was built 1877. The Church was built from local stone, a rather pretty Church with an impressive octagonal bell-tower and spire, a steeply-sloping slate roof and some fine stained-glass windows.
    It replaced an earlier wooden church which was situated on the eastern edge of town near what was then swampy ground.

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    VICTORIA PARK

    by balhannah Updated Nov 5, 2012
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    Time to rest our legs, and where better than at Victoria Park, a lovely park within the old town square. This lovely park has a very nice fountain which was donated by Mayor William Thomas in 1891. Surrounding the Fountain, was a lot of Lavender which was just about to flower. The Trees in the park were turning colour [May], one of them an Elm Tree, planted by H.R.H Prince Charles during his visit to Forbes in 1994
    The Cast Iron Rotunda is nice too, and is still used for musical events and civic functions.

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    FORBES HERITAGE WALK

    by balhannah Updated Nov 5, 2012
    Forbes Town Hall

    Forbes is a town with lots of beautiful buildings. So tourist's can see the best of these, a heritage trail brochure showing 18 sites through-out the CBD has been produced.
    Another brochure is the Walk or Drive - (2 Sites - 40 minutes to complete)
    This can be picked up at Forbes Shire Council offices, located at the corner of Harold and Court Street, Forbes and the Forbes Visitor Information Centre, Railway Station, Union Street.

    In the following reviews, I will tell you about some of the sights I saw on the walk, beginning with the beautiful Town Hall opened in 1891 to replace the old Municipal Council on the same site.
    One of Australias famous Singers, "Dame Nellie Melba" sang here in 1909. The Town Hall is Heritage trust listed.
    If you saw the Australian film "The Dish", you may have remembered seeing it in the film.

    Join me for a virtual walk around Forbes!

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    VANDENBERG HOTEL

    by balhannah Written Nov 5, 2012
    Vandenberg Hotel

    Built in 1879, the large Vandenberg Hotel looked to be in its original condition. I would love to see it given a coat of paint and the verandah lacework painted too, it would look great!.
    The Hotel was named after the first owner.
    It was a bit hard to imagine this Hotel in its early days, when there were beautiful gardens, a fountain and stables. Back then, it was a very elegant Hotel. Many of the wooden structures have been replaced with brick buildings, and the large verandah iis n near-original condition. The Hotel is classified by the National Trust of Australia.

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    ST. JOHNS ANGLICAN CHURCH

    by balhannah Written Nov 5, 2012
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    Building St John's Anglican gothic styled Church out of local quarried stone began in 1874.
    The nave was completed in 1877. The roof originally was made of shingle, now it has been replaced with slate tiles. If it is open, go inside, as there are 16 memorial stained glass windows that are said to be beautiful. Sundays would be the best time.

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    FORBES POST OFFICE

    by balhannah Written Nov 5, 2012
    Forbes Post Office

    Another building on the National Trust list, is the beautiful Post Office completed in 1881. ThIs was the first of four post offices established in late 1861 under the name Black Ridge Post Office. In 1861, one Postmaster had to do all the work, quite a lot too, as there were 15,000 miners living here then.
    This Post Office is featured on a set of commemorative stamps.

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    McFEETER'S MOTOR MUSEUM

    by balhannah Written Oct 31, 2012
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    Since I last passed through Forbes, a new Motor Museum has been built. We couldn't miss seeing it, as its located on the Newell Highway on the outskirts of Forbes.
    We didn't go in, I just picked up a brochure from the info centre. It states that it's a collection of vehicles from between 1905 and 1999, that includes veterans, vintage, classic, street rods and custom cars.
    A Cafe restaurant, souvenir gift shop is on site, and there is off street parking big enough to take Cars and caravans

    OPEN....seven days 9am - 5pm Closed Christmas Day
    ADMISSION IN 2012....Adults $10.00 ea Children 5-15 Years $5.00 each
    Family 2 Adults 2 Children $25.00

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    the war memorial

    by globetrott Written Jan 24, 2012

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    Something that I was never really aware of is the fact that Australia also took part in the Vietnam War and other wars and when driving through Australia you will find a lot of memorials for the local soilders who lost their lives in these wars.
    The memorial in Forbes was really quite impressive with these marching soldiers on the monument.

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    The courthouse of 1880

    by globetrott Written Jan 24, 2012

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    You will hardly find any village or town in New South Wales without its own Court House. That was obviously necessary as Australia's first settlers were mainly convicts...
    In most places,where I saw such courthouses, the police-station is still to be found next to them.

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    The Commercial Bank & other great buildings

    by globetrott Updated Jan 24, 2012

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    The Commercial Bank of Australia was founded in 1831 and they opened a branch in Forbes in 1873 inside this great building of great architecture.
    You will see a lot of other interesting buildings with great architecture when you take a walk through Forbes.

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    The townhall of Forbes

    by globetrott Updated Jan 24, 2012

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    The townhall of Forbes was built on Victoria Square and it is the next building that I found quite interesting in style and architecture. This townhall was built in 1891, at the time, when Forbes was a rich and wealthy gold mining town . The times of goldmining are over now, but these great buildings remained.

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    the postoffice of Forbes

    by globetrott Updated Jan 24, 2012

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    This is the postoffice of Forbes, an impressive building that dates back to the end of the 19th century. You will find it in the very centre of the town, next to some other great buildings, so make a stop and talk a walk of maybe 1 hour to see them all !

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    old, wooden trucks

    by globetrott Written Dec 25, 2011

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    This was an interesting section of the car-museum, that was not in the ordinary exhibition of vintage-cars, but rather shown in a shed between tracktors and other machineries.
    I had asked one of the employees of the museum, if there are any other cars than there in the big hall, and they said NO, thats all ! So they did not considder them as cars, but as trucks.
    I am glad I found them anyway on my way through all of the museum.
    Interesting to find out, that the body of some of these cars was totally made of wood, like the ones in my main picture, dating back to 1910.

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