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11-January-2016
11-January-2016

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A plaque commemorates the centenary of Rugby League and the historical significance of the site.

Rugby League was first played in Parkes in 1920 when the local rugby union club converted to the 13-a-side game. The town has been prominent in Country Rugby League’s Group 11 since 1936 and this venue has hosted local grand finals and representative matches, including an Australia-France Test match in 1990.

The Centenary Plaques Programme was put in place by the Centenary of Rugby League Committee to commemorate sites of historical significance to Rugby League - such as stadiums, suburban grounds and club formation sites. Nearly every aspect of Australia’s Rugby League landscape is covered by a Centenary Plaque – with plaques dedicated to the commemoration of Indigenous Rugby League, National Rugby League (NRL) first-grade clubs, foundation clubs, former Premiership clubs, New South Wales and Queensland Country, and those sites which were host to the foundation of the game itself in Australia.

Location

Address:Alexandra Street, Pioneer Oval, Parkes , 2870
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.129167
Long: 148.180556
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Culture
Sub-Theme:Sport
Approx. Event Start Date:1908
Approx. Event End Date:2008

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Saturday 12th April, 2008
Front Inscription

1908                       2008
Centenary of Rugby League

This site is recognised as being of great significance in the history of Australian Rugby League

Pioneer Oval Parkes

Rugby League was first played in Parkes in 1920 when the local rugby union club converted to the 13-a-side game. The town has been prominent in Country Rugby League’s Group 11 since 1936 and this venue has hosted local grand finals and representative matches, including an Australia-France Test match in 1990.
Saluting The Past • Celebrating The Present • Inspiring The Future 

Source: MA
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