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Pioneer Park Antique Machinery Museum

Pioneer Park Antique Machinery Museum

Newell Highway
Parkes, New South Wales, 2870

Phone: 0418 674 261

A visit to the Pioneer Park Antique Machinery Museum is a must!

Featuring a large display of early tractors, harvesters, other agricultural machinery and much more...

Set on 7.5 acres housing historic buildings and fascinating displays.

* Two local village churches

* Blacksmith shop

* Silver City Comet carriage

* Over 4000 household items

* 35 tractors, restored and in working order

* Harvesters and agricultural equipment - Stationary engines - Trucks

* Wongalea schoolhouse

The museum was first opened in an old church in 1969 and has since collected approximately 10,000 items. We have the Henry Parkes Collection which includes the Plaster Bust by Abrahams, his letters, family bibles and some family items given to us by Cobden. The main museum houses furniture, household items and a large photo collection.  From 1970 the farm machinery collection grew and on the site two small churches, Coobang Church is an operating Church, and there is a small country school building from Wongalea.

Among our collection of more than 20 tractors are two rare tractors, the unique "Rein drive Tractor" (the only one in the world) and the "Big Four" (one of only two working). We have many stationary engines, steam engines and several sunshine harvesters, ploughs, shearing equipment as well as an old Blacksmiths shop.   Machinery will be operated for larger group bookings and the museum can open earlier by appointment.

Memorabilia Musuem houses many family, business and household items and has items on display from the railway, post office and mining.

Would anyone believe that one of the cleverest Musicians in Australia who now lives in America once spend part of his early School life in our town of Parkes?

Tom Emmanuel - One of six children (all very musical and managed by their Dad, Hugh) is known as a world famous guitarist.

Darcy, Toms youngest brother visited us here at the Henry Parkes Museum and asked if we would like to display some of Tom and his other brother Phil's photos and memorabilia. We were thrilled as Tom, Phil, Veronica and Darcy went to school with our children.

The family came to Parkes in 1966 after their Dad passed away and Mum wanted a new place to settle.  Virginia the eldest daughter had just re located here and married a young man whose family had lived in the area since the early 1900's.

Visit our museum to see the full family history and view the display we have put in place to honor this local legend that includes personally signed posters, photos and more...  Tom comes to and from Australia and keeps in close touch with his family, he is know as the worlds best classical Guitarist and famous around the world. His siblings have also gone on to be successful in their own right, his sister Virginia is a wildlife expert involved with the rediscovery of  Pigmy Gliders in North Queensland.

Tom has always loved to visit schools to teach and encourage children to play instruments, we are proud to have a display in our museum in Parks to honour Tom.

Fascinating War Scarves: Twelve years ago our old Museum was hit by a storm and had to be demolished. All our collection was packed and the majority was not unpacked until this year. We moved into the new building last September. When we unpacked some of our items about a month ago we found these scarves and were delighted to see them in such good order. Many of them as you will see depict War themes. The one which was a surprise was the scarf with the Map of France. We were told that that scarf was issued to all the Pilots in World War 1 so that when they were shot down they could find there way around France and back to England. What a ingenious and practical way to provide pilots that were either shot down or forced to bail out a way to navigate their way through the countryside. It is amazing that these scarves have survived intact all these years and you can see them and learn more about their history when you visit the Museum.

See you soon at the Pioneer Park Antique Machinery Museum!