The theme photo this week brought to mind an old photo I found on a Trash and Treasure stall a few years ago. I bought it because it was a shot of the sports oval in my town. I put it away with a pile of other photos and forgot about it until my memory was jogged by the Mosman photo.
Desperately looking for something for this week's Sepia Saturday, I remembered this photo and after some diligent searching and a good deal of time wasting as I came across other forgotten treasures, I found what I was looking for.
This photo was taken from a similar angle (this is my connection) to the theme photo and is of some kind of event at the Lenswood Oval. Judging by the clothing, cars etc I would say it was taken in the late 50s or early 60s. None of the women are wearing pants, many have hats and the dresses are of that vintage. The men are wearing suit trousers and shirts - no sign of jeans. The cars look to me to also be of that era, but I am not a car expert. We moved to Lenswood in 1971 and this photo predates our arrival judging by the size of the apple orchards.
Lenswood is the centre of the apple growing in South Australia and you can see apple trees growing across from the oval.The pines in the foreground are now huge and it would not be possible now to get a photo from this same spot. Lenswood does have an annual Lenswood Apple and Pear Festival and this may well have been one of the early ones. The truck on the oval is carrying apple bins as is the tractor on the oval. The stalls in the foreground are selling fruit salad and other refreshments.
Now I am going to have to find a local who can tell me more about this photo that I have been neglecting for a number of years.
PS. Having got curious, I did some research and found that the first Lenswood Apple and Pear Festival was held in 1963 and is due to have its 50th anniversary in a couple of weeks time. This photo seems to have been taken of the second festival in 1965. This was a grand affair, opened by the Premier of South Australia, the Hon Sir Thomas Playford. I remember going to one of the festivals when our children were younger and tasting the largesr apple pie ever made in the Southern Hemisphre. Can't remember how big it was, but it was big.