Moon landing day: Hear from the people in Parkes

If you've been living under a rock you would not realise Saturday marks 50 years since Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon.

The Parkes Champion Post have been out and about talking to local people about where they were when Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon.

Here are their answers...

"I was celebrating my ninth birthday the day the shuttle landed on the moon, the 20th of July. My grandparents had a black and white TV set at the time and we all sat and watched Neil Armstrong take his first step on the moon. So exciting!" Carol Krohn.

"I remember watching this on the old HMV black and white TV amazed." Julie Brock.

"It was my 10th birthday that day. I was in bed very sick with the measles and only a few miles away from the dish. All the curtains were closed in my room as my eyes were so painful and mum had a big mirror trying to reflect the TV image of the event, but it was not a success," Debby Scarr.

I was nine years old that day and eating birthday cake. My grandmother told me it was a momentous day. I've never forgotten that word!

Beverly Graham.

"Condobolin Public School pupils all sat in the school assembly hall and watched it on black and white TV. I watched it on black and white TV. I watched Neil Armstrong step on the moon and I watched it again with my family at home that night on the news," Janine Crouch.

"I was working for Telecom in Burwood Sydney and we watched it on a little portable black and white TV that the boss brought in for that occasion," Glenis Powell.

"I was five years old sitting there and watching. Mum let me have the day off school," Sandra Sciberras.

"I was having my 10th birthday on the 21st of July 1969," Ian Cowie.

Watched it in kindy at East Parkes School.

Scott Bennett.

"I was working and we went home to watch it on TV as my boss was my father and he said it would an historic moment so he took us home in Peak Hill not far from the dish," Glenn Hackett.

"I was nursing at the now demolished Easter Suburbs Hospital near Bondi Junction. We had a small black television in the patients lounge and took as many of them in there to watch the lunar landing. Needless to say I was very proud that Parkes had such a big part in it," Leonie Lipman.

"I was six years old, at school and it was my birthday," Lee-Anne Owst.

"I was an 11 year-old schoolkid, at Rovaniemi, on Arctic Circle in Finland. We heard on the radio that Apollo 11 had landed on the moon bu although we had 24 hour daylight, the moonwalk happened about 4am local time. I was asleep. We watched on the news later in the day, on a neighbours black and white TV. It was very exciting and unbelivable, I emigrated with my family to Australia only six weeks later, in September 1969," Erik Lensson.

"Watching on a TV at school in fifth class in Sydney," Liz Mitchell.

"I was eight years old, on holiday in Italy and watched it on a TV on the beach that someone in a caravan had set up. I was living in the UK and came to Australia years later. Who would have though that I would end up living in Parkes!" Michele Peverill.

"Sitting in a worker's lounge room in Lake Cargellico while setting up their store depot," Darrell Hetherington.

Looking at it on a television which had been wheeled out of the science lab at Parkes High. We were standing in the quadrangle-must have been a good view!

Lyn Watts.

"In PNG no TV listened on the radio while working even did shopping in lunch hour as the astronauts were sleeping. Then they descended to ground level and the excitement of the multi-cultural group who were listening," Nancye Blatch.

"OMG [sic] yes in parkes glued to the TV," Julie Brock.

"Camping with my family in Italy. Wached it on a little B/W TV hooked up on the car battery," Robbie McFayden.

"I was sitting in a high chair and mum was shoving baby food into my mouth!" Christine Hoch.

"Watching it on Markworts TV in the lounge room with school," Peter Lees.

"Our infants school class visited a ladies house across from school and sat in her lounge room and watched it on her TV, every class went to a close house to watch it," Ian Brown.

Got our first TV two days before so we could watch it at home.

Patricia Oliver.

"I was at school, Tullamore Central, and we all went to different house in town to watch on black and white TV...very exciting," Rhonda Horsburgh.

"I was in class at Alectown Public School we all went into one classroom to watch still remember like it was yesterday," Gordon Mulligan.

"I was 10 and at a one teacher school with no TV so we had to watch it on the news that night, on our black and white TV. I remember my dad saying it was 'bloody ridiculous when there are so many people starving in the world' but he still watched every minute of it on TV," Judy Fisher.

"I was 10, and home sick from school, but was allowed to watch it on TV," Linda Turner.

"I was at school and we could leave and watch the moonwalk on TV at home. As I lived out of town I walked to the CBA bank in the main street of Peak Hill to watch," Pamela Carr.

50 years ago, I was expecting my baby late at night watching TV with my flask of tea and sandwiches, marvellous pictures. Three weeks later my son was born. A million to one chance, he now lives in Parkes a few miles from the telescope, by the way he was born in England. We have happy memories of our visit to the telescope when at Andrews and Sharnes. Small world isn't it?

Joan Newton.