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PaRC has been created by the AIPR Trust Fund – Education, an educational trust established by the Australian Institute of Parks and Recreation (AIPR) in 1974. In 2017 the contemporary Trustees of the fund (Dr Anne Binkley, Mr Peter Nicholls, Mr Ray Steward, Mr Ken Trafford) resolved to expend the Trust moneys on an annotated bibliography of significant documentary materials accompanied by explanatory narratives. Charles Sturt University agreed to manage the project on behalf of the Trust as an element of its mission to present scholarship to the nation. The Trustees express their gratitude to Assoc. Professor Ben Wilson, Manager Andrew Cox and their colleagues at the University for administering the project through to practical completion.

We also acknowledge the service of the late Trevor Arthur, Chairman of the Trustees until his passing away in 2009, for curating the Trust over many years. The history of the Trust Fund and the far-sighted individuals who upheld its vision over more than four decades is summarised briefly in a 2018 article in the Parks and Leisure magazine and in the attached briefing note.


To allow development of the Narratives element of the project to continue after the AIPR Trust Fund – Education expires, PaRC Inc. was incorporated on 19 April 2022 under the Associations Incorporation Act 2005 of Norfolk Island. This vehicle was chosen partly because the Secretary’s office is located there but also to underpin the intended outreach to the western Pacific Islands.

Objectives of PaRC Inc.

PaRC is formed for educational, research and charitable purposes in the fields of parks and leisure, and specifically for the following key objectives:

  • promote a public interest ethic in the practice of parks and leisure;
  • advance the parks and leisure professions;
  • maintain a dialogue and communication between professionals, practitioners and the community in the parks and leisure sector.

The key objectives will be achieved by the following and related activities:

  • retrieving, securing and distributing historical and other difficult-to-access documentary and audio visual materials;
  • developing and maintaining an online, open access repository of authoritative material for the advancement of the sector;
  • developing educational and training materials;
  • hosting public events and programs;
  • publishing original knowledge;
  • furnishing non-partisan submissions to public authorities; and
  • collaborating with like-minded civic organisations.

The geographic focus of PaRC is Australasia – the Western Pacific Islands, Australia and New Zealand.

“Parks and leisure” includes parks, gardens, open space, leisure, sport and recreation.


PaRC consists of two limbs. The Document Repository was switched live on 28 February 2020 and on the date of the official launch, 23 June 2021, moved from development to maintenance mode under the administration of Parks and Leisure Australia (PLA), successor to AIPR, This page appears on the Narratives site which supplements the Document Repository and has been public since May 2020. Please bookmark both sites and visit regularly. PaRC Inc., the organisation, is responsible for developing this Narratives site but has only a contributing role with the Documentary Repository.


Most items in PaRC are protected by copyright and are available here under various conditions. Copyright protection is automatic upon creation and does not depend upon appearance of the © symbol.

Original material: Copyright in the original Narratives (this site) is held by the Secretary to the Trustees (with a view to eventual transfer to Parks and Leisure Australia when the two sites are merged). All this material is released under Creative Commons Licence BY-NC 4.0 (may be copied and reproduced, for non-commercial purposes, but the author and PaRC must be acknowledged)..

Republished material: PaRC is also a portal into materials for which copyright is held by other parties. The nature of archival and manuscript collections makes it difficult sometimes to determine the copyright status of an item. Wherever possible, PaRC has endeavoured to obtain permission to reproduce these materials here. For many items further reproduction is conditional and it is the user’s responsibility to comply with applicable conditions. Please contact the author and/or publisher for enquiries about the copyright status of a particular created work.

Reproduction quality

The files for many of the documents scanned for the PaRC library are very large, some more than 100 MB. To minimise download times and save space on the servers, some of these files have been compressed. Image quality and the resolution of text, has suffered slightly in some cases. Any researcher for whom the reproduction quality is important is invited to contact the Secretary to request a copy of the original scanned file.

Contact us

Enquiries about management of the PaRC project may be submitted to Geoff Edwards, Secretary of PaRC Inc. and Secretary of the AIPR Trust Fund – Education, via the general inquiries address,, telephone 02 9136 8019 or failing that, 04 8850 5887.

To contribute Narrative content, refer to the Support the PaRC project page. To contribute documents, refer to the Contact form on the Document Repository site.