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Forbes, NSW - its history and its Kytherian Presence

Updated: Jul 12, 2023


Forbes Court House

1817 Lake Forbes discovered, and town of Black Ridge settled soon after

1860 Pioneer cemetery established (166 graves)

1861-1863 Town thrived and name changed to Forbes

1861-1866 Gold rush

1861 Post office established

1861 Police barracks established

1861 Population 124

1862 Police station established

1862 School established

1862 Telegraph established

1863 Town gazetted

1863 Courthouse built

1863 Fire

1863 New telegraph office

1864 General cemetery established

1866 Hospital built

1870 Designated chief town of the county

1870 Flood

1870 Gaol built to replace lock-up

1871-1881 New post office built

1871 Population 710

1872 Fire brigade established

1875 Extensions to hospital

1879-1881 Telegraph office replaced

1880 New court house built

1881 Population 2919

1883 New school building built

1884 Fire

1884 Waterworks built

1890 Diphtheria in town

1891 Dust storm

1891 New school building built

1891 Population 3011

1893 Fire

1893 Railway station built

1897 Hailstorms

1898 Fire

1898 New police barracks

1898 New police station built

1899 Caterpillar infestation

1899 Typhoid epidemic

1900 Flood

1900 Snow

1900 Telephone exchange established

1901 Population 4294

1902 Dust storm

1902 Fire

1902 New hospital built

1903 Typhoid epidemic

1904 Streets were gas lit

1904-1905 Heatwave

1904-1905 Dust storm

1905 Fire station built

1909 Typhoid epidemic

Abt 1910-1920 Brothers Antonios (born 1879), Panagiotis (born 1886) and Andreas

(born 1890) Mazarakis, sons of Nikolaos Mazarakis and Sirmalenia

Batagiou spent some time living in Forbes

1911 Population 4654

Abt 1912 Theodoros Magoulas (Paschalis), born 1897 to Antonios Magoulas

(Paschalis) and Panagaiotitsa Mavromati, lived in Forbes

1913 Diphtheria in town

1914 Dust storm

1914 Alterations to hospital

1914-1916 Alterations and additions to post office

1915 Dust storm

1916 Flood

1916 Gaol closes

1916-1919 Gaol reused by military

1917 Additions to school

Abt 1919 Ioannis Prineas, born 1900 to Konstantinos Prineas and Maroula Firou,

lived in Forbes for eight months

1920 Gaol demolished

1921 Whooping cough epidemic

1922 Diphtheria in town

1922 Fire

Abt 1924 Antonios Kasimatis, born 1907 to Emmanouil Kasimatis and Stamatiki

Komino, lived in Forbes for three or four months

1924 Dust storm

Abt 1924-1925 Dimitrios Kastrisos, born 1902 to Anastasios Kastrisos and Gligoria

Notara, lived in Forbes

Abt 1925-1927 Emmanouil Gerakitis, born 1905 to Panagiotis Gerakitis and Marigo

Trifili, lived in Forbes

1926 Bushfire

1927 Children’s ward built on hospital

1928 Diphtheria in town

1928 Electricity came to town

1928 Powerhouse built

1929 New fire station built

1931 Flood

1931 Sewerage to town

1932 Heatwave

1933 Population 5355

1934 Diphtheria in town with one boy dying

1936 Fire

1937 Ambulance station established in former clubhouse

1937 Additions to hospital

1939 Airport established

1942 Additions to school

1944 New ambulance station in former bank

1945 South Forbes post office established

1945 South Forbes gets telephone

1948 Gale

1950 Flood

1950 Minas Kalopedis, born 1875 to Georgios Kalopedis and Panagiotia Logotheti

(Kavopoiulou) died in Forbes

1951 Flood

1952 Flood

1952 Heatwave

1953 Typhoid epidemic

1954 Population 7370

1955 Airplane crash killed 5 people

1955 High school established

1956 Additions to school

1957 North Forbes school established

1957 North Forbes gets telephone

1957-1978 North Forbes post office built

1958 Technical college established

1960 Additions to hospital

1960 Additions to North Forbes school

1960 Additions to North Forbes school

1962 Additions to school

1963 New post office built

1964 Water filtration plant established

1965 Automatic telephone exchange

1966 Additions to high school

1966 Additions to North Forbes school

1966 Population 7370

1969 Additions to school

1971 Additions to hospital

1971 Additions to technical college

1974 Flood

1974 Additions to high school

1976 Additions and alterations to police station

1976 Population 7754

1979 Additions to high school

1982 Additions to hospital

1982 Additions to technical college

1984 Alterations and restorations to post office

1986 Population 7915

1990 Flood

1990 Railway station closed

1991 Additions to technical college

1992 Technical college became a Western Institute campus

1994 Flood

1996 Population 7467

2011 Population 6804

2012 Flood

2016 Additions to hospital


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Historical Guide to New South Wales by Philip Simpson

National Archives of Australia naturalisation papers


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