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Borrowing from the annual massed displays of
spring bulbs at Keukenhof in Holland, the local
festival took on a Dutch avour with participants
dressed in national costume and a traditional street
organ playing in Corbett Gardens, the central
park in Bowral.The tulip theme was taken up by
organisations and individuals who opened their
gardens for a variety of charities. Over the forty
years since its inception, millions of spring bulbs
have bloomed throughout the Southern Highlands,
not to mention the great economic bene t that has
come from the annual in ux of tourists.
The beauty of Corbett Gardens stands in stark
contrast to the state of the area in 1910. Known as
Denmead's Paddock, it was an unkempt dumping
ground when Ada Corbett oated the idea of the
council acquiring it for a public park. Her persistent
lobbying and pleas for government assistance
nally paid o when the land was proclaimed a
park in December 1911 and named in her honour.
Corbett continued to raise money towards the
beauti cation of the park and the construction of a
band rotunda. Ada Corbett's husband, Lieutenant
Waties Corbett, was in the Royal Navy, and she
had come to Bowral in the 1880s to live with her
sister Mary Sullivan at Burradoo Park, a ne house
owned by Captain Daniel Sullivan overlooking the
Wingecarribee River at Burradoo.
The sisters conducted a school for young ladies,
teaching languages, music, drawing and painting.
After Mary's death in 1895, the widowed Ada
carried on the school until she moved into Bowral
with her only child Betty and niece, Constance
Scott-Reed, her lifelong friend and companion who
helped Ada in her quest to establish the gardens.
(Courtesy of Pictorial History Southern Highlands by
The Tulip Time in Corbett Gardens in its earliest days
in 1963. (BDHS) n
Bowral hosts a spring festival each year that draws visitors from far and wide.
First held as a ower festival in 1958, by 1961 TulipTime in Bowral was born.
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