Springetts Springtime Parade in the 1970s

Springetts Float in 1970s Springtime Parade at Bowral, Australia (Photo submitted by Becka Hornsby)

Springetts Float in 1970s Springtime Parade at Bowral, Australia (Photo submitted by Becka Hornsby)

Becka Hornsby of Sydney, Australia, submitted this photo of a Springetts Float after she discovered my post Springettsbury and the Knight, Sir William Springett. The maiden name of Becka’s mother is Springett. Becka made many visits to Bowral, in the highlands, to see her Aunt and Uncle. Bowral is where this photo was taken in the 1970s during their springtime parade. If you are reading this on the Ydr.com site, click on this LINK for a Full View of the illustrations in this post on the original YorkBlog site; since the ydr.com site will occasionally cut off important details in the cropping of illustrations.

Becka could not get over a township being named Springettsbury. Likewise when I informed her that a community in the township, informally known as Possumtown, received their own post office in 1891, with the postal name Springett. However this post office was closed in 1908, when rural free delivery was instituted by the United States Post Office. After that, the community reverted to their previous formal name Pleasureville.

The pictured float is for the Springett family of businesses in Bowral. They include a restaurant, grocery store, bakery, arcade, ballroom, cold storage facility, soft drink bottling plant, wholesale food distribution warehouse, and a few others Becka knows she left out. Most of these businesses were either on Bong Bong Street or Wingecarribee Street.

I asked Becka if this was an Easter Parade. Her reply, “Your silly, spring begins in October.” I had a lapse of memory; seasons are reversed in the southern hemisphere.

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Stephen H. Smith is a design engineer who worked at York International Corp. for 33 years before retiring several years ago to research and write books full time; his second career. The initial emphasis was on family history when he won a national award during 2002 for his first book “Barshingers in America.” Positive feedback and that award were influential in his decision to retire early from engineering and start a retirement career.

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