Bowral Commemorative Wall

Bowral Commemorative Wall, public art, New South Wales

Public Art: Bowral Commemorative Wall

Artist/Architect :

Description : It is evident from the moment you walk around the commemorative wall, that it is a labour of love. The wall features around 130 people who have made a lasting impact on the community of Bowral. Bronze plaques tell the tales of ordinary folk, heroes and sporting legends.

Date Unveiled : The wall was unveiled on the 21st of August, 2005.

Location: The Bowral Commemorative Wall is located in the park at the corner of Mittagong Rd. & Merrigang St, Bowral. New South Wales.

Funded by : The wall was a gift from Ted Springett and his family to the Bowral community.

Background : The Commemoration Wall marks the history of Bowral and recognises the contribution by local residents over the last hundred years.

On Ted Springett's 85th birthday the community celebrated with the unveiling of the Bowral community wall. A gift from Ted. Ted and his family not only contributed finacially but Ted also spent 12 months researching the history of the area and the 130 people featured on the wall. yes, it was also Ted who designed and physically built the wall with the help of local trades’ people who kindly donated their time to the cause.

The Springett family has been contributors to the Bowral district for over a century. Ted Springett was also the subject of a relief sculpture unveiled within the Commemoration Wall area. His sculpturelies alongside other local heroes Sir Donald Bradman and Commonwealth Games gold medalist in the marathon, Heather Turland.

Ted Springett passed away in 2012 at the age of 92.

Springrett family introduce sliced bread to Bowral in the 1950s.

Ted's brother Harry best remembered quote "If you rest you rust,"

Inscriptions:

Bowral's Commemoration Wall
Officially opened by:
Councillor Gordon Lewis
Mayor Wingecarribee Shire Council
21st August 2005
Proudly donated to Bowral by
The Springett Family

 

Ted Springett

Philanthropist, Entrepreneur, Musician, Magician and business man. Ted has been passionately dedicated to Bowral community for over 60 years. His many achievements have included: creation of Springetts Arcade, establishing Tulip Time, erecting the Harry Springett Band Rotunda in Corbett Gardens, rebuilding the War Memorial & this commemoration Wall.
In 204 Ted established the Springett Family Trust in perpetuity, for research into cot death (SIDS), & to the benefit of disadvantage youth and the elderly in this district.
"A Legend In His Lifetime"
Proudly Inserted by Peter Tyree & Family

 

The Springet Twins

Harry & Tony Springett were born in Mittagong in 1916 arriving in Bowral in 1926 with their parents Harry & Anne, & two brothers Ted & Bob. The twins became important citizens and Harry served in New Guinea in World War II. On returning, he served on councils for 50 years & mayor on several occasions. He was chairman of the Berrima County Council and Illawarra Electrical Commission, foundation member of Apex, past president of Bowral Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow. In 1976 he was presented with an MBE by the Queen at Buckingham Palace for community service.
He died in 2001. Twin brother Tony, ran the Springett Corial Works until sold in 1968. A keen horseman, Tony served many years on the Bong Bong Picnic Race Club. He was a foundation member of the Bowral Lions Club and died in 1999.

 

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