Friday, December 2, 2016

Sepia Saturday: Christmas greetings

New Gisborne is in central Victoria, Australia, about 55 kilometres north of Melbourne. It rarely snows in Gisborne and even more rarely does it snow in October. October in Victoria is spring heading for summer. This post card photo proves that it snowed in Gisborne on 10 October in 1910.

Seasons Greetings from New Gisborne. Snow Oct. 10th 1910
Reverse of post card
Miss Annie Sims, Mitiamo Post Office
Dear Annie Thanks very much for card and you[r] good wishes. Very kind of you to think of us, hope you are quite well. Allan & [Will?]  join me in wishing you a bright & happ[y] Xmas & New Year 
Yrs affectionately Edith McGregor

I checked the newspapers of the day to see what was reported. And, yes indeed, there was a very cold snap in Victoria in early October 1910.

The Age, 11 October 1910
Bendigo Independent, 11 October 1910
Annie Sims is my husband's grandmother and she lived in Pine Grove and later Mitiamo. John McGregor and his wife Margaret also lived at Pine Grove and several of their sons bought 'Emmeline Vale' at Kyabram in 1889. 'Emmeline Vale' was the property of the largest farming property in the area in the middle of the 1800s and the McGregor family lived there from 1889. My father-in-law thinks that Annie used to holiday with them when she was a child in the early 1900s. In 1910, when the postcard was written, Annie was only 12 years old. One McGregor brother, William, died at Gallipoli in 1915 and another brother, Harold, died in France in 1918. Coincidentally he had travelled to Europe on the same ship as Annie's future husband, Roy Phelan.

There is no date on the Christmas postcard below but it is from the same family and shows a fountain in a Gisborne intersection. It was made of concrete and built in 1901 to celebrate the Federation of the colonies in Australia. [A replacement fountain was erected in 2000.]


Merry Christmas
Fountain, Gisborne

Reverse of post card
Wishing Annie a Merry Xmas. Sorry I did not see you when in Pine Grove, better luck next time  
Louie McGregor  
'Emmeline Vale' Gisborne

Theme image

Friday, September 9, 2016

Sepia Saturday: Work

When I was growing up on a farm we always had a few chickens (chooks, we called them) and a rooster or two, maybe ten or fifteen. They supplied our family with enough eggs and the occasional roast chicken. But dairy cows were our main income source.

Not like the farm in the photos I purchased on the web. This family took egg production very seriously. In the context of the other photos in the bundle I think they were post-WW2 immigrants from Eastern Europe and living in New South Wales, Australia in the 1950s. Our chickens were free range but it looks like these were caged birds, one to each cage.



This post is in response to Sepia Saturday's theme for September, work and play. You can find more workers over at the webpage.


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Sepia Saturday: Safe in the arms of Jesus

Any family historian worth their salt has a collection of family photos and a high percentage of those will be of babies. I have quite a few, and fortunately most of the subjects are named.

I also have a collection of 'found photos', purchased at markets or on the web, and most of the babies in the collection are not named.

This week's Sepia Saturday theme photo is of a stock photo of a nursery with baby in a bassinet, mum (perfectly groomed and in control) reading a book, several soft toys on the furniture.

The matching photo I've chosen is not of a bassinet, it's not of a mother or story time and it's not of a nursery or politically incorrect soft toys. But it is of a baby. And he does have a name.

Glad with Allan  Phelan, Mitiamo 1927
Allan Phelan with Glad, two of his aunts and an uncle, Mitiamo 1927
Allan Phelan was born early in  1927, the third child of Roy and Annie Phelan. The family lived at Mitiamo, a small town in central Victoria. A local girl called Glad was employed to help Annie look after Allan and his two older brothers. These two photos of young Allan were taken in Mitiamo and they are the only photos we have of him. He died at the age of ten months of 'gastro', some sort of gastroenteritis that causes vomiting, diarrhoea and dehydration. These days it is rarely a fatal illness.

The Argus 1 Nov 1927
Allan was buried at Panoobamawm Cemetery (Pine Grove), a rural area east of Mitiamo where his mother lived when she was young.


I'm sure there are some happier stories over on Sepia Saturday's webpage.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sepia Saturday: Stamping tools

Neil has all sorts of items tucked away in his shed but he knows where everything is and the history of each item. About ten years ago I began a project of photographing each item but it got too hard and I didn't keep going but the prompt for this week's Sepia Saturday had me going back through my files to find the photos that I did manage.

Neil's family used to own a general store and these three items were in use in those days in the early 1900s.

The first item is a small box that holds a set of ten metal marking stamps, of the numbers 0 to 9. It was produced by Axminster of Devon (telephone 3114)




The second item is also a box of stamps. This time the stamps are designed to be used with an ink pad. I only photographed one of the stamps and it is clean of ink so may never have been used. I didn't check the other stamps.




The third item is a box of metal stamps, one for each letter of the alphabet plus a few other symbols like '&'. They would have been used to stamp words onto metal.


This post has been in response to the theme photo for Sepia Saturday, a type-setter at work. You can head on over to the webpage to see what other bloggers have made of the theme.