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History book launched to help revive Penrose Park

Friday, 12th April, 2013

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By Erica Visser

Residents with fond memories of Silverton's Penrose Park gathered last night for the launch of a book about its history.

The author of 'Memories of Penrose Park', Paul Armstrong, said that it was an honour to hand over the rights of the book, which he had spent 12 months working on, to the Penrose Park Trust.

The Radford family, who helped fund the book and had worked on Penrose Park over the decades, were at the Silver City Mint for the launch.

Gary Radford said that the book would help the Trust significantly and assist in his dream of restoring the park as a prime location for family and community outings.

"The thousand copies of the book, sponsored by Steve Radford and myself, will enhance the Trust and we plan on printing another batch," he said.

"We are hoping to gain support from all the Broken Hill service clubs and the community to keep Penrose Park operating and we will be doing that for as long as I'm around."

The launch began with a horse race, using wooden horses on string, which used to belong to Penrose Park.

Late last year, with the help of the Lions Club, the 12 horses were restored by Colin Radford and his sons and painted by Karl Karthauser.

Mr Radford said that they would now go back into the local community. One attendee who had a particular history with the park was Ron Carter. He drove the Silverton Tramway Company trains for 50 years and for 21 years at Penrose Park.

"I drove the last train that went past Penrose Park in 1971," Mr Carter said.

A painting was also auctioned off to Brian Symonds for $150, which will be donated to the Trust.

Mayor Wincen Cuy gave a speech, stating that it was important that this part of our history was documented for future generations.

"It's a part of Broken Hill's history and the fact that this has been documented now gives people a great insight into the importance that recreational area played in our past," he said.

"I have some very fond memories of my time at Penrose Park with the West Football Club."

For anyone who missed out, the book would be available from a number of places including the Trust, Bell's Milkbar, South Newsagency and SilvertonSouvenirs.

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