Meg Turner with Bert Honeysett at the Springwood Spring
Notes: Marguerite (Meg) Fennell, nee Turner, visited Springwood library recently and updated our information on this photo
It was taken by her father in 1936 when Meg was three years old. She had been out in her play clothes when her father called her to pose for the photo with local newsagent Bert Honeysett. Meg's mother, Mary Emma (1903-2000) was mortified that she did not have a chance to put Meg in her best dress.
Her father Royden Turner (Roy, 1893-1981) was the post master at Springwood and the family lived in the residence at the rear of the post office in Macquarie Road.
Meg was born in Springwood in 1933 and was delivered by Dr Ernie Baxter. The family left Springwood in 1939 when Roy was promoted to the position of post master at Cronulla. After attending North Sydney Girls’ High, Meg undertook teacher training and taught in schools at Parkes and Broken Hill. She then enrolled in nursing training through The Royal Melbourne Hospital and became a registered midwife. She married in 1963 and now lives in Melbourne.
The location is believed to be the original spring in Birdwood Gully, after which Springwood was named by Governor Macquarie in 1815.
"We then Halted at three O'Clock in a very pretty wooded Plain near a Spring of very good fresh Water and Pitched our tents near the side of the Road. This Stage is 12 Miles from Emu Ford and our first on the Mountains - The Place being very pretty I have named it Spring - Wood".
Extract From Governor Macquarie's Journal, 26 April 1815
Format: B&W Photograph
Licensing: Attribution, share alike, creative commons.
Repository: Blue Mountains City Library www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/yourcommunity/library
Part of: Local Studies Collection SHS551
Provenance: Bert Honeysett, Springwood Historical Society