Forbes Shire Council
1872 Grevilles Post Office
Forbes - from 1992
Parkes - from 2002
Condobolin - from Nov 2002
[A collection management system on the web.]
(Please note that we are a small voluntary
group and only check the emails once per week.
Please be patient as emails will be handled in order of receipt. Could you
also include your full name and postal address on your enquiry. Thank you.)
The same goes for requests received
by post but please, please be patient.
Forbes is in the
Central West of New South Wales, Australia with a population of approximately
The earliest settlers in the Forbes district were squatters and it was some
of these men who discovered the first gold in the area in June 1861. Over the next few months approximately
30,000 people came to the diggings, with storekeepers, publicans and others,
providing services for them.
By 1863 the rush had died down and many diggers had moved on to other
diggings. The town became a
service centre for the pastoralists, and in 1870 was declared a municipality,
with the first mayor being Thomas Hand.
Welcome to our Group
Forbes Family History Group Inc
was formed at a meeting of interested parties on 26 March 1986 in a room at
the local nursing home. The first newsletter was published in June 1986.
At first we used the premises above the Historical Museum and then in April
1987 to our present site behind the Town Library in Harold Street. This room was
extended and officially opened in 1998. [See here
Forbes Family History Group has gathered many
resources to help with research into the people of Forbes and district, together
with the general history of the area.