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    McFEETER'S MOTOR MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Mar 23, 2016

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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 2016

    Adults $12.00
    Seniors $10
    Children 5-15 Years $5.00 each
    Family 2 Adults 2 Children $25.00

    Address: Corner Oxford Street and Newell highway, Forbes

    Website: http://www.motormuseum.com.au/

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    LAKE FORBES & PARK

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2016

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    On either side of Lake Forbes is a lovey lawned area for picnics and BBQ's with free Toilets located on both sides. You won't miss seeing the Vampire Jet sitting atop a pole. This is a 1949 RAAF single-seater fighter bomber that 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.

    Directions: The Newell Highway crosses over Lake Forbes

    Lake Forbes Cormorant fishing @ Lake Forbes Lake Forbes
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    THE CATHOLIC PRECINCT # 9

    by balhannah Written Feb 21, 2016

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    The Catholic precinct in Forbes covers a good sized area and has some interesting old buildings which are classified by the National Trust of Australia.

    The Catholics weren't having much luck with Churches in Forbes, St Laurence's was the third to be built in Forbes. The site for this church,which is the one still standing today, was regarded by the congregation as the finest in Forbes, I would have to agree with this!

    Built in Gothic Revival style the church was erected in 1880, a sanctuary was added in 1905 and a gallery in 1923.

    I couldn't get a photo of the lovely Federation period Presbytery because of all the trees, a pity! The Presbytery is still occupied by members of the Catholic clergy.

    The building was also used as the "Mayor's residence" in the hit film "The Dish"

    Classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW)

    Address: 13 Johnson Street Forbes

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    NATIONAL AUSTRALIA BANK # 8

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2016

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    The National Australia Bank [NAB] is another beautiful building. Built in 1884, it was designed by Mansfield Bros and built in 1884, this was one of the first substantial bank buildings in Forbes.

    It's another lovely building classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW))

    Address: Lachlan street, Forbes

    Website: http://www.forbes-nsw.com/Attractions.html

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    FORBES COURT HOUSE # 7

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2016

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    On one side of Victoria Park is the Victorian Classical Revival Court House, designed by Colonial Architect James Barnet in 1880.

    The signage outside reads "There were two earlier Court Houses before this building was erected in 1880."
    Since it was built a public gallery was added in 1884.

    Early records document Ben Hall's highway robbery charge in 1862, Henry Lawson's birth at Grenfell in 1867, and Kate Foster's (Ned Kelly's sister) death by misadventure in 1898.

    The Court House is classified by the National Trust.

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    VICTORIA PARK # 6

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2016

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    Time to rest our legs, and where better than at Victoria Park, a lovely park surrouded by beautiful old historic buildings, including the Court House, the huge Vandenberg Hotel, the Town Hall and both St Andrew's Presbyterian Church and St John's Anglican Church.

    This lovely park has a very nice Grecian Fountain which was donated by Mayor William Thomas in 1891. Surrounding the Fountain, was a lot of Lavender in the formal gardens, I was a little early to see it in flower. Mature eucalypts, pepperinas, jacarandas, palms, wattles and deciduous trees were turning colour [May], one of was the 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.

    At the Town Hall side of Victoria Park is the War Memorial remembering all those soldiers from Forbes who serviced in various wars over the years to now (2016) It is nicely done and has several statues - worth having a look at.

    Victoria Park is where the Father of Federation Sir Henry Parkes in 1887 made a speech, and in 1894 the RSPCA erected a drinking trough for animals here – the first in the Colony.
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    Address: Court, Harold, Victoria streets & Newell Highway

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    ST. ANDREW'S PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH # 5

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2016

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    St Andrew's Presbyterian Church was built 1877 at a cost of £1,300. It replaced a wooden church from 1862 that was destroyed by a storm.

    Built from local stone in Gothic style, I thought it a rather pretty Church. It has an impressive octagonal bell-tower and spire, a steeply-sloping slate roof and some fine stained-glass windows.

    As usual you can't visit the interior unless you happen to come when a service is being held.

    Classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW)

    Address: Harold street, Forbes

    Website: http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-factsheet/forbes--places-to-see-20081118-6a7i.html

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    VANDENBERG HOTEL # 4

    by balhannah Updated Feb 21, 2016

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    Built in 1879, the large Vandenberg Hotel looked to be in its original condition. This large Hotel was formerly the Court House Hotel, is a stuccoed brick building with a large timber verandah in near original condition and slender cast-iron columns and iron lace-work balustrading.
    I would love to see it given a coat of paint and the verandah lacework painted too, it would look great!.

    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 is in near-original condition.

    J.H. Bates, the local architect.is remembered for:
    "Bringing Forbes out of its gold rush past and turn it into a town of substance and elegance."

    The Hotel is classified by the National Trust of Australia.

    Address: 7 court street, Forbes

    Phone: (02) 6852 2015

    Website: http://www.forbes-nsw.com/Forbes_Heritage.html

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    ST. JOHNS ANGLICAN CHURCH # 3

    by balhannah Updated Feb 20, 2016

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    St John's Anglican Church is one that stands out in Forbes. It was built out of local quarried stone in Victorian Gothic style, designed by B Backhouse and constructed between 1874 and 1877. It was built on land donated to the church building fund. The Spire has never been completed, the squat tower finishing in a louvered, flat topped belfry.
    Over the years there have been many additions, the nave in 1877, chancel, lower tower and vestry in 1907 and in 1933 the shingle roof was 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.

    Classified by the National Trust of Australia, it is on the Forbes Heritage walk and is a must see!

    Address: 14 Brilliant Street, Forbes

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    FORBES HERITAGE WALK # 1 TOWN HALL

    by balhannah Updated Feb 20, 2016

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    Forbes was a wealthy gold rush town so once again we find magnificent buildings because of all the money around at that time.
    The best way to see these lovely old buildings, is by picking up the heritage trail brochure which will take you to 18 sites through-out the CBD.
    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.

    The heritage walk begins at the magnificent Town Hall , one of the best in rural Australia. It's a two-storey stuccoed brick Classical Revival building, with a central three-storey octagonal tower with dome, ornately balustraded parapets and balcony. Designed by George McKinnon and built in 1890-91 by T.F. Rowe, it was opened in 1891 to replace the old run-down meeting place of the Municipal Council on the same site, The cost of the new building was over £5,000, quite a lot of money for those days. The distinctive and elaborate architecture may have been why the cost was high, it really is beautiful and a must see in Forbes.

    The Town Hall is used for mayoral functions, public meetings, concerts, charity balls and private events.

    Classified by the National Trust of Australia (NSW), one of Australias most famous Singers, "Dame Nellie Melba" sang here in 1909.

    Its other claim to fame is when it starred in the Australian movie "The Dish", you may have remembered seeing it in the film.

    Join me for a virtual walk around Forbes!

    Address: Court street, Forbes

    Website: http://www.forbes-nsw.com/VisitorInformation.html

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    FORBES POST OFFICE # 2

    by balhannah Updated Feb 20, 2016

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    Also located on the National Trust list, is the beautiful Post Office located at the corner of Court and Lachlan Streets. This elegant two-storey stuccoed brick post office (1879-81) was designed by Colonial Architect, James Barnet. The ground-floor colonnade and arched first-floor windows are capped by an unusual three-storey clock tower whose roof is covered in zinc shingles
    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.

    Forbes was a rich town in the gold rush days, that is why we see beautiful buildings like this.

    Address: the corner of Court and Lachlan Streets, Forbes

    Website: http://www.forbes-nsw.com/Attractions.html

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    SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LACHLAN ART PARK

    by balhannah Written Feb 20, 2016

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    Located in Forbes was a new sculpture park I hadn't seen before. It's part of the "Somewhere down the Lachlan Sculpture Trail" that is a long term project for the Forbes area. It's hoped to bring tourists to the area.
    First prize for the winning sculpture was $20,000, money worth trying to win. After the winner is chosen, then it's acquired by Forbes and stays in the town permanently.

    At the Art Park you can see the sculptures displayed each with their own information board. There is plenty of variety, some I liked and some I just couldn't understand!

    FREE TO VIEW

    Address: Albion Park, Forbes

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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.

    Directions: The Court House of Forbes is in the centre of town, next to Victoria Square.

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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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