JR Parsons Reserve

Stanford St, Sunshine

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Sunshine Park as what the reserve was originally called was the site of the former Wright & Edwards Railway Carriage Works. It is one of the oldest parks in Sunshine.

 

Later the park was renamed to the JR Parsons Reserve after the Horse-hair Manufacturer and Sunshine resident Cr. Robert Joseph "Joe" Parsons. He was the Shire of Braybrook President for two terms 1938-1939 & 1945-1946.

The site was originally the Wright & Edwards Railway Carriage Works.

The Sunshine Band Hall was located in the south - west corner of the site being it being destroyed in a fire.

The main oval has been named the "Keith Miller Oval" after the Australian cricketer Keith Miller who grew up as a child in nearby Benjamin St,

This ground has seen many sports being played at the ground including athletics, baseball, boxing gymnasium, cricket, football & tennis.

Current tenants include the Albion Football Club, Gran United Cricket Club & Sunshine Park Tennis Club. It is interesting to note the tennis club is the only club that retains the reserve's original name.

Photos: S&DHS

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