1953 Coronation and Town Jubilee celebrations from Gloucester District Historical Society

A crowd, estimated in excess of 3000, attended the Coronation and Town Jubilee celebrations on June 2, 1953.

The celebrations included a tree planting ceremony, street procession, a religious service, school display and sports on the Gloucester Park. The most spectacular part was a mile long colourful procession of more than fifty floats through the main street, eclipsing the Commonwealth Jubilee two years earlier. The many organisations, firms and individuals were congratulated on their response and detailed work in preparing the outstanding colour and pageantry in their displays. A highlight of the procession and celebrations in the park was the appearance of the NSW Ladies’ Highland Pipe Band from Dulwich Hill. The Barrington Junior Farmers Club float was awarded first prize for the Best Coronation float. The "Queen" of the float was Miss Mary Webeck(now Laurie).

Stratford won second prize and Craven was highly commended. In the original section the Gloucester Co-Op Dairy Company float won first prize. Built on a semi-trailer it showed the modern way of milk processing along side the old method of separation of fifty years prior. Second prize was awarded to the Gangat float entered by Tony Easton and Ted Mulligan, with a bullock team and cart, depicting the old method of transport from Gloucester to Booral. Two special prizes were awarded, one to Upper Bowman float depicting the historical fact the bushrangers, Jim and Joe Governor had passed through this country fifty years before and to Dan Redman who struck a typical pose of the Rookhurst farmer of 1903. An original T Model Ford from Stratford with its "Rudd Family from On our Selection", still puffing and boiling bravely, had a long trail of children following. Carson’s Northern Timber Co with its giant scoop was the largest vehicle in procession.

A prominent place in the procession was taken by the Gloucester District Band and marchers from Boy Scouts and Cubs and the girls from Junior Red Cross and St. Paul’s Church of England Choir, school children and teachers. Several decorated cars and bicycles with the local fire engine and ambulance taking their place in the procession