Tibooburra/Milparinka Branch of ICPA was formed in late 1971, just after the inaugural meeting at Bourke.
In July 1995, our branch helped with morning and afternoon tea catering for the Broken Hill Federal Conference, it was wonderful to see so many of our members travel to Broken Hill for this.
November 1996 saw the 25th Anniversary celebrations for our branch, with a fashion parade, roast dinner, trivia night and auction. This was held in Tibooburra at the Tibooburra War Memorial Bush Childrens' Hostel.
Appreciation certificates were awarded to Mr Frank Nicholls, Mr Paddy Barlow and Mrs Dorothy O'Connor and there was a formal cutting of the cake. The cake was decorated with the emblem of ICPA, emblazoned across the top.
Our branch has meetings on air via the VHF School Radio and face to face meetings in Tibooburra which we try to coincide with our Distance Education Mini Schools, P & C meetings, etc, so as to make travelling the vast distances for some worthwhile.
- Tibooburra 130 approx.
- Milparinka 20 approx
- Outlying district: 120 approx
These figures for the outlying district were provided by the Milparinka Rural Lands Board, and families travel to Tibooburra from Queensland and South Australia for many functions.
Tibooburra is situated in the Far North West Corner of New South Wales almost on the borders of Queensland and South Australia. It is approximately 335 kilometres north of Broken Hill and Milparinka is approximately 295 kilometres north of Broken Hill. Tibooburra /Milparinka area is made up of Mitchell grass plains with interspersed stony and slate range outcrops with some areas of rolling sand dunes. It is a pastoral grazing area with sheep and cattle. Tibooburra and Milparinka both have gold fields surrounding them and a lot of historic diggings and relics. Tibooburra has the Sturt National Park surrounding it and the historic Mt Wood Homestead and Woolshed. Milparinka has the historic Court House and the Albert Hotel, with Poole's Grave at Depot Glen and Sturts' Cairn.
Branch Life Members
Mrs Dorothy O'Connor
Mrs Anita O'Connor