Spring Creek author Joy King.
Spring Creek author Joy King.

Book a tribute to pioneers

FOR the last nine months, Spring Creek teacher-turned-historian Joy King has been living in the past.

A journey back through sepia coloured photographs, newspaper clippings and family diaries has produced an intriguing glimpse into our region’s yesteryears.

The results of Mrs King’s research and her passion for the past have been brilliantly encapsulated in her book Spring Creek: A Look At Yesteryear on the Downs.

Released as part of the Spring Creek and Upper Spring Creek school centenaries last month, the book, which features the history of 50 local families, is now available to the general public.

Mrs King, who married into one of the region’s pioneering families, has always been inspired by history.

“Last year with some time on my hands I thought it was time to update my computer skills and record some of what I knew,” she said.

“It has been a very rewarding experience.”

The book features well-known Spring Creek families, as well as complete rolls from the area’s two schools and photographs from many private collections.

“I self-published the book, because I felt it was an important part of our region’s history,” Mrs King said.

“I am enormously grateful to all who contributed.”

If you are interested in a copy of Spring Creek: A Look At Yesteryear on the Downs contact Mrs King on 4697 3660.



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