Mr (Noel) Ernest Noel PARK, DSO, ED (1920 - 1994)**

  • Date of Birth: 05/12/1920
  • Place of Birth: Manilla, New South Wales, Australia
  • Date of Death: 16/09/1994
  • Place of Death: Tamworth, New South Wales, Australia

Parliamentary Service

Member of the NSW Legislative Assembly17 Nov 19733 May 199117yr(s) 5mth(s) 17day(s)
Member for Tamworth17 Nov 19732 Apr 19762yr(s) 4mth(s) 17day(s)
44th (1973 - 1976)
Member for Tamworth1 May 197612 Sep 19782yr(s) 4mth(s) 12day(s)
45th (1976 - 1978)
Member for Tamworth7 Oct 197828 Aug 19812yr(s) 10mth(s) 22day(s)
46th (1978 - 1981)
Member for Tamworth19 Sep 19815 Mar 19842yr(s) 5mth(s) 16day(s)
47th (1981 - 1984)
Member for Tamworth24 Mar 198422 Feb 19883yr(s) 10mth(s) 30day(s)
48th (1984 - 1988)
Member for Tamworth19 Mar 19883 May 19913yr(s) 1mth(s) 15day(s)
49th (1988 - 1991)

Political Party Activity

National Party. Joined the then Country Party in 1946 and later became the spokesman for Corrective Services, Mineral Resources and Industrial Relations.

Community Activity

Patron and member of various community organisations in the Tamworth electorate. Former member of Tamworth Legacy and President of Manilla Branch of Graziers Association.

Qualifications, occupations and interests

Qualified Lieutenant-Colonel 1959. Grazier. Educated at Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga. Recreational interests include military history and agriculture.

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).

Local Government Activity

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


Married to June Rygate on 10 April 1947 and had issue, 6 daughters.

Additional Information

Electorate description: Rural. Located mainly within Northern Slopes Statistical Agricultural Sub-Division Principal centres: city of Tamworth and towns of Bingara, Boggabri, Manilla, Nundle. Area: 17.034 sq km Population: 53,997 Enrolment: 36,872