Distinguished Members - past and present

Mr. Ernest Noel Park MP

Ernest Noel Park

Noel Park

                                                   Mr. Ernest Noel Park MP (1920 – 1994)


Personal Details

Born 5th December 1920 at Manilla, New South Wales.
Died 16th September 1994 at Tamworth, New South Wales.

On 10th April 1947 he maried June Rygate and together they had six daughters.

Military Service

Militia 1939.
2nd AIF (Australian Imperial Forces) 1939-1945: 2/2 Battalion. Served in North Africa, Greece, Crete and New Guinea (twice).
Awarded Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and was mentioned in despatches.
Citizen Military Forces 1948-1967.
12/16 Hunter River Lancers (1948-1963)
Command and Staff link (1963-1967). Awarded Efficiency Decoration (ED).
Qualified Lieutenant-Colonel 1959.

Community Activity -

Member of the Tamworth Returned and Services League of Australia sub-Branch.
Patron and member of various community organisations in the Tamworth electorate.
Member of Tamworth Legacy
President of Manilla Branch of the Graziers Association.


Parliamentary Service

Joined the then Country Party in 1946 which changed its name to the National Party in 1982. Elected member of the NSW Legislative Assembly on 17th November 1973
Member for Tamworth from 17th November 1973 until 3rd May 1991.
Spokesman for Corrective Services, Mineral Resources and Industrial Relations.

Local Government Activity

Councillor Manilla Shire Council 1964 - 1972 (7 years as Deputy Shire President).

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Educated at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga.
Recreational interests include military history and agriculture.









Much has been said about Noel Park's brilliant military career and distinguished service to this country. He was also thoroughly dedicated to the Tamworth region in which he was born, where his wife June came from, and where together they built their home and raised a family of six daughters. After the Second World War he returned home and settled on the land; over a period of 35 years he owned several properties in the Tamworth region. He was, not surprisingly, a dedicated member of Tamworth Legacy and the Tamworth Returned and Services League sub-branch.

From Hansard - Parliament of New South Wales - click here for the many tribute speeches given upon the death of Mr. Noel Park. MP.




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