Family Names

Saturday, 17 February 2018

SEPIA SATURDAY 406 Swimming

SWIMMING : WATER : STANDING AROUND : HANGING AROUND

Growing up living near the river on a farm, there is lots of space and plenty to do:-


A child could make cubbies and get dirty and nobody minded so long as you stayed outside and out from under feet. Together with the cousins, you could build huge cubby houses out of the debris left behind after the land clearing.

Photographer unknown, building a cubby hut on Uncle Norm’s farm, circa 1939, Brucknell Victoria Australia Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo  Collection currently held by  Sandra Williamson [b067] From the left – Warwick Todman, Jeff Carter & Judith Todman.

Or destroy cubbies ... never a dull moment.

Photographer unknown, Destroyed a cubby hut on Uncle Norm’s farm, circa 1939, Brucknell Victoria Australia Myrtle Sharp's Private Photo  Collection currently held by  Sandra Williamson [b074] From the left – Warwick Todman, Jeff Carter, Judith Todman and possibly Graeme Sleight.
On hot days there was nothing better than spending the afternoon at the nearest water hole, for Judy and Warwick that involved swimming in the nearby river.

Photographer unknown, sitting on the banks of Curdies river; From the Left: - Judy Todman (2nd from the left), Warwick Todman (fourth from the left), with Norm Crump standing behind the children, circa 1939, near Brucknell Victoria Australia [b086]

To keep the children safe a big thick rope was tied around each child’s waist in turn while they ventured into the deeper water.  Judy remembers the rope being large, heavy and prickly.
Whether it was bridge building or swimming there was always much to do.



Friday, 16 February 2018

Stuart Taylor

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 7: February 12-18: 

A Second Valentine for Myrtle

Stuart Taylor was a bachelor living in the country when he first met Myrtle. She had moved from Melbourne to Brucknell in country Victoria in 1939 after her first husband’s death.[i] Left with two small children (a son Warrick aged 5, and a daughter Judith aged 4) to support, she had sought refuge at the property of her uncle, Norm Crump, not far from Stuart’s family property.[ii]

Single women were rare in the country, so there were many suitors who courted her. Judith remembers her mother seeking the counsel of her and her brother about two suitors in particular – Stuart Taylor and another asking them which one of the two she should choose.[iii]

Judith, then 11 years old and having a passion for horses recommended that her mother marry Stuart Taylor, her son, however, felt the gentleman with the car was the much better choice. Stuart must have been aware of the competition as he soon bought a car. Myrtle’s grandson, Simon was later to tell the story of Stuart’s proposal to Myrtle. Which went as follows: -
“One day during WWII, a local farmer, Stuart Taylor, rode to Uncle Norm’s farm on a white horse, dismounted and dropped to one knee and proposed to Myrtle.” [iv]
She accepted.
Myrtle received a saddle for her engagement present from Stuart, after much discussion about which was the best type and most suitable for her.

Photographer unknown, Myrtle & Stuart Taylor possibly on their wedding day, 1943, Terang, Victoria, Australia. Sandra Williamson’s Private photo Collection[b175]

Myrtle married Stuart Rockford Taylor on 26 June 1943 in Terang in the Methodist Church.[v]
After the wedding, the family moved to Stuart's farm in Framlingham Road, Terang. They lived in Terang for twelve months before their daughter (Diana) was born in 1944.

While Myrtle was in the hospital having her baby her parents traveled from Melbourne to assist with the care of her the two eldest children and possibly also assist Stuart with the move the new family farm at Camperdown.

On the morning of the 13th July in 1952, Stuart asked his stepdaughter if she would go down and milk the cows as he wasn’t feeling well.  Usually, Judy would have protested at such an imposition however on this day she complied without protest. While she was down at the cowshed he died of a massive heart attack.[vi]

1952 'MR. S. R. TAYLOR', Camperdown Chronicle (Vic. : 1877 - 1954), 25 July, p. 3. , viewed 08 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article24003913

Originally Stuart was buried in an unmarked grave in Camperdown Cemetery,[Lawn 2 Row G Grave 20].

Newspaper clipping originally owned by Myrtle Sharp clipped from the Advertising section of the Camperdown Chronicle, 3 February 1950, p. 9 & small “Thankyou” card given out at the funeral(6cm x 7cm), blank inside and of back, Personal Collection Sandra Williamson

 Years later his stepson Warrick returned and placed a grave marker to identify where he was buried, saying at the time “Pop” was the only father that they really ever knew.

Photographer Sandra Williamson, Grave marker for Stuart Rockford Taylor, 2007, Camperdown Cemetery, Camperdown, Victoria, Australia [T287]
Stuart hold’s a special place in his family’s heart.

WikiTree Link for Stuart Rochford Taylor 

Notes


Stuart's name is spelled in different ways in various documents, I have yet to write up a summary of what I have discovered but below are a few examples of those spellings:-

Stuart Rochford Taylor - birth record and various voter rolls
Stewart Rochford Taylor - voter rolls
Stuart Rockford Taylor - newspaper article & headstone marker on grave site.
 

[i] Marriage Certificate of Lincoln Todman & Myrtle May Crump Bassett, married 21 September 1929, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 9531/1929; Death Certificate Lincoln James Todman, died 11 June 1938; Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 15005/1938
[ii] Personal conversation and interview(s) by Sandra Williamson with Judith Williamson, 2017 & Myrtle Sharp 1980s.
[iii] Personal conversation and interview(s) by Sandra Williamson with Judith Williamson, 2017
[iv] Personal conversation with Simon Todman 2008 by Sandra Williamson while preparing Myrtle’s Eulogy.
[v] Original Certificate of Marriage for Stuart Rockford Taylor & Myrtle May Todman married 26 June 1943, Terang, Victoria, Australia
[vi] Personal conversation and interview(s) by Sandra Williamson with Judith Williamson, 2017; Death certificate of Stuart Rockford Taylor, died 13 July 1952, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 20502/1952

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Sepia Saturday 405

COUPLES : TEA : HUSBAND & WIFE : BEARDS

Tea anyone?  In Australia tea is the evening meal, dinner; it is also a beverage.

1888 'Advertising', Bendigo Advertiser (Vic. : 1855 - 1918), 21 November, p. 1. , viewed 10 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article88557014 (note W.Ebbott is the son of John Ebbott)

Members of the Independent Order of Rechabites(I.O.R.) signed a pledge not to drink alcohol, so tea (of the liquid variety) becomes an important beverage option at functions.

John Ebbott married Margaret Thomas 12 Nov 1868 in the Forest St Wesleyan Church, Sandhurst, Victoria, Australia.[i]

Photographer unknown, The Family of John & Margaret Ebbott, circa 1892 possibly in Chewton, Victoria Australia; Ebbott family. From the left : Back Row Alfred “Alf” Ebbott 1875; Elizabeth Ebbott 1872,  John  Ebbott 1868; William Ebbott 1870,  Percy Frederick EbbottMiddle Row Gertrude Emma Ebbott, Margaret Ebbott nee Thomas, Beatrice Alma Ebbott, ; John Ebbott 1840,  Eveline Mary EbbottFront Row; Gilbert Henry Ebbott  1890, .Edgar Stanley Ebbott 1888-1968; Ada Helena Ebbott 1884 [Ebb019]

John was an active member of the Independent Order of Rechabites(I.O.R.). His children all followed in his footsteps and the entire family were staunch members of Methodist church and the temperance movement.

 Edited excerpts from Mount Alexander Mail in 1916  from 'CHEWTON RECHABITE TENT', 13 July, p. 2. , viewed 10 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article119635310


Events hosted by Rechabites were often described as interesting, “code” for alcohol-free. So when John remarries in 1908 we know from the newspapers that the reception was alcohol-free:-

1908 'ITEMS OF NEWS.', Mount Alexander Mail (Vic. : 1854 - 1917), 28 April, p. 2. , viewed 10 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article199807199

Afternoon tea with scones jam & tea (or coffee) is known as a Devonshire tea in modern day Australia. Delicious! 


Photo by Alysa Tarrant on Unsplash (cropped)
This post is part of SEPIA SATURDAY 405 : Saturday 10 February 2018


[i] Marriage certificate of John Ebbott and Margaret Thomas married 12 November 1868, Registrary of Births, Deaths & Marriages. 3927/ 1868

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Myrtle May Crump Bassett

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 6: Favorite Name

My grandmother Myrtle had multiple surnames to choose from, much to her embarrassment. Growing up, we understood her birth surname to be Bassett. William Bassett who she identified as her father, was listed as such when she was enrolled in Eaglehawk Primary School in 1913 at the age of six.[i]

When she married the love of her life, Lincoln, she gave her name as “Myrtle May Crump Bassett, a Spinster”; Crump was her mother’s maiden name.[ii]  This was the first clue that maybe her birth name was not Bassett as we had all been led to believe,

On Myrtle’s birth certificate the mother’s name was listed as “Lilian Manderson formerly Crump” but no father was given.[iii] A search of the Victorian Birth Deaths & marriages (BDM) reveals that Lilian Crump had a baby named Myrtle May, who is registered under both the Crump & Manderson surnames (note the year and registration number are identical for both names indicating that this is the same person).

Result of birth search using the criteria child’s first name “Myrtle May” & mother “Lilian Crump” or children born Myrtle with the Marriages, Family history search - Births, Deaths & Marriages Victoria. [online] Online.justice.vic.gov.au. Available at: https://online.justice.vic.gov.au/bdm/indexsearch.doj [Accessed 4 Feb. 2018]
When Myrtle became a widow and remarried she listed her father as William Bassett as she had for her first marriage, and her third marriage to Ivan Rupert Lance Sharp. [iv]

It wasn’t until 1967 that things came to a head when she needed to apply for a passport to travel overseas. The process required that she apply for her full birth certificate. She traveled to the Registrar of Birth, Death & Marriages Building in Melbourne with her youngest daughter.  On arrival she asked that her daughter wait outside, after telling her in whispered tones about her dark secret that Bassett had not been her maiden name; she would need to go in alone to apply.[v]

Sandra Williamson, Myrtle May Sharp passport pages 2 & 3, Australian British Passport, digital image, Personal Collection Sandra Williamson [B464]

All went well and Myrtle was issued with her passport and with her two sisters she traveled overseas for a holiday, all three left their husbands at home.

 Photographer unknown, The three “Bassett” sisters traveling overseas on their Australian passports, circa November 1967 China. Sandra Williamson's private photo collection [B177]

Later Myrtle would say that she had no doubt that William Bassett was her father as the family resemblance was strong.[vi]

Although there was some ambiguity around Myrtle’s surname, her middle name was clear it was “May” the same as her mothers.  This middle name has now been passed down from Myrtle’s mother Lilian May Crump to Myrtle, to Judith May Todman, to myself, my daughter and then onto my granddaughters, six generations in all, so obviously a family favourite.

Notes:

I have written previously about Lilian’s first husband Thomas Manderson and why this gentleman is probably not Myrtle’s father. 

William Bassett & Lillian Crump became a couple, possibly around 1905 however they never married.  When Myrtle their second eldest was two years of age (in 1907) the family left Eaglehawk and relocated to Tasmania. William found employment in the mines and their only son, William, was born.[vii] They returned to Eaglehawk by 1912 for the birth of their fourth child Gladys Irene.[viii] When they moved back to Eaglehawk it was thought the couple had married in Tasmania.[ix]

DNA evidence – a DNA sample has been taken from the eldest living descendant of Myrtle and it is hoped that this will help corroborate beyond doubt that William Bassett was her father rather than Thomas Manderson.

WikiTree Links on WikiTree (@WikiTreeOfficial)
WikiTree Link for Myrtle May Bassett 
WikiTree Link for Stuart Rochford Taylor 
WikiTree Link for Ivan Rupert Lance Sharp



[i] Eaglehawk No. 210  150 Years of education 1854-2004 (Eaglehawk Primary School 2004.  Compiled by :Ruth Claridge.). 
[ii] Marriage Certificate of Lincoln Todman & Myrtle May Crump Bassett, married 21 September 1929, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 9531/1929
[iii] Birth certificate of Myrtle May Crump born 2 June 1907 Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 10223/1907.
[iv] Original Certificate of Marriage for Stuart Rochford Taylor & Myrtle May Todman married 26 June 1943, Terang, Victoria, Australia; Original Certificate of Marriage for Ivan Rupert Lance Sharp & Myrtle May Taylor married 2 April 1960, Balaclava, Victoria, Australia
[v] Diana Culley, in personal discussion with author, November 2017
[vi] Myrtle Sharp, in personal discussion with author, c.2000
[vii] NAA: B883, VX21203 Service Record for William BASSETT
[viii] Birth Certificate of Gladys Irene Basset born 15 September 1912, Registry of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 19781/1912
[ix] Myrtle Sharp, in personal discussion with author, c.2000

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Sepia Saturday 404 - Dance

They met at Leggatt’s Ballroom somewhere around 1923/4 when Myrtle was only 17 years old and Lincoln a year older.

1924 'SOCIAL', Table Talk (Melbourne, Vic. : 1885 - 1939), 16 October, p. 37. , viewed 03 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146559385

Were they there for dancing lessons or there to meet others, we will probably never know.
At the time they met, Myrtle was living with her parents in rented premises behind her sister’s (Doris) shop in Greville Street, Prahran, near the train station. They lived a few doors down from Leggatt’s Ballroom.[i]

1924 'Advertising', The Age (Melbourne, Vic. : 1854 - 1954), 28 May, p. 20. , viewed 03 Feb 2018, http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article203661732 

The family moved when Doris got married in 1925 to Percival Carter.  They then operated a mixed business (milk bar) to make ends meet.

Lincoln was a member of the Australian Citizen Forces (SERN 205018).[ii] The picture below was in my grandmother’s collection of photos. The couple on the far right are my maternal grandparents Myrtle Bassett & Lincoln Todman.

Photographer Unknown, Myrtle Bassett & Lincoln Todman dancing at the ANA picnic, circa 1924, Seymour [B062]
The back of photo reads “Seymour, ANA day Jan 30th 19?4 Dancing”[?=undecipherable, thought to be 1924] ANA in the acronym for the Australian Natives Association, the event could have possibly been a fundraiser picnic. The event may have been a celebration of Australia Day.
As a member of the Australian Citizen Forces Lincoln may have been in Seymour for training purposes and perhaps Myrtle was visiting for the day ...  – if only the photo could talk.

This post is part of  Sepia Saturday 404 : 3 February 2018

Notes:-
“When the ANA was formed, it had two aims to act as a friendly society offering financial support to its members in need, and to promote the moral, social and intellectual improvement of its members. It shunned traditional friendly society practices of ritual and regalia and set its sights on influencing public thinking and government policy on a range of issues related to Australian nationalism.”[iii]




[i] Myrtle Sharp, in conversation with Sandra Williamson, 2008 [authors personal recollection]
[ii] NAA A9301, 205018  TODMAN LINCOLN JAMES : Service Number - 205018 :
[iii] Research Data Australia. (2018). Correspondence [Australian Natives' Association / Australasian Women's Association]. [online] Available at: https://researchdata.ands.org.au/correspondence-australian-natives039-women039s-association/163730 [Accessed 3 Feb. 2018].

Saturday, 27 January 2018

Reuben Wheeler

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks Week 5 (January 29-February 4): In the Census

Reuben was born around 1801/2 in Gloucestershire, England, and christened on 14 November 1802 in All Saints church, Bisley, Gloucestershire, England.[i] 


Photographer Philip Halling, Bisley Church, 3 May 2008. Gloucestershire, England  [CC BY-SA 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABisley_Church_-_geograph.org.uk_-_786952.jp
His parents are thought to be Thomas WHEELER and Hannah EAGELS who married on 11 Nov 1800 in the same Parish the previous year.[ii]

Photographer Jongleur100 The village of Bisley, Gloucestershire, England with the church spire in the background, 2018 [https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ABisley%2C_Gloucestershire%2C_a_village_in_the_Cotswolds.jpg] 

Reuben married Elizabeth THOMAS on 27 Jan 1833 in Pitchcombe, Gloucestershire, England.[iii]  Pitchcombe is the parish were Elizabeth was baptised on 28 July 1804.[iv] Where she and her two sisters grew up.[v] It appears that the newly married couple moved to Rueben’s home town of Bisley to live. It is difficult to know what it must have been like for the Wheelers living in Gloucestershire. Although it does appear that time were difficult economically: 
“Bisley is situated in the County of Gloucestershire, England, on the Cotswolds plateau, approximately four miles east of Stroud. The decline of the wool industry in the nineteenth century caused great hardship throughout the Cotswolds.”[vi]

Census details for 1831 for the Stroud area according to the [Census] returns

Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain), ‘Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge’. C. Knight, 1842 p.127 [online] Available at: Google Books https://books.google.com.au/books?id=Ad9PAAAAMAAJ&vq=bisley&dq=how+far+is+pitchcombe+from+bisley+in+gloucestershire&source=gbs_navlinks_s [Accessed 23 Jan. 2018].
The 1831 in Gloucester helps to give a sense of place for our ancestors from the size of the place, to the number houses and the number of people.  Reuben Wheeler came from a much larger town than his wife whose town had only 224 people compared to Bisley which was much larger in area and had 5859 people in 1264 houses. Rueben must have seemed very worldly to his intended wife Elizabeth Thomas whose small country town of Pitchcomb only had 43 houses.

Census Entry in 1841 for Reuben Wheeler's family

Ten years later in 1841 Reuben & Elizabeth appear in the census with two children in Gloucestershire, living in Bisley with a notation of Burley underneath which could possibly be referring to the name of house that they lived in.)[vii] They are listed as shown below including Peter Aldridge who appears to be living with them
  1.  Reuben Wheeler, aged 35 no profession listed
  2. Elizabeth Wheeler, aged 35
  3. Selina Wheeler, aged 7
  4. George Wheeler, aged 5
  5. Peter Aldridge, aged 14 also born in Gloucestershire, England [how or if he is related to the family is unknown, however he is the only breadwinner in the household]

At the end of 1841 the family migrated as assisted passengers to Australia. They left at Plymouth on the 30 Oct 1841 aboard the Himalaya and arrived on the 26 Feb 1842 in Port Philip, Victoria, Australia.[viii]
The Ship records show that
  1. Reuben was aged 38 and a labourer and the government paid a bounty of 19 pounds.
  2. Elizabeth was aged 37, a housekeeper and the government paid a bounty of 19 pounds.
  3. George was 5 and the government paid a bounty of 5 pounds.
  4. Selina was 7.5 and the government paid a bounty of 10 pounds

Rueben died when he was living Napoleon St, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia in 1873.[ix]

Photographer Sandra Williamson,  Gravestone Reuben & Elizabeth Wheeler in Boroondara Cemetery, Kew, Victoria, Australia, circa 2003 [B024]
He died on 19 Jul 1873 in Victoria, Australia

Research notes:-
[On his son Reuben's death certificate his father was given as William. However although WHEELER is a common enough Gloucestershire, the name Reuben is unusual, therefore when I found a Reuben Wheeler baptized in Bisley, Gloucestershire on the 12 Nov 1802 whose father was Thomas. I came to the belief that this is my Reuben and he is the son of Thomas rather than William, it is unlikely that any of Reuben's children met their grandfather as adults and may have given the wrong name on the death certificate by accident.]
In 1834 Stroud was "a parliamentary borough in Gloucestershire. It includes an extensive district, comprehending the parishes of Stroud, Bisley, Painswick, Pitchcombe...”
[x]


WikiTree Link for Rueben Wheeler's Family Tree on WikiTree on WikiTree (@WikiTreeOfficial)




[i] Baptism of Reuben Wheeler Baptised 14 November 1802, Bisley Gloucestershire England Ancestry.com. Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014.
Original data: Gloucestershire Anglican Parish Registers. Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucestershire, England. Gloucestershire Archives; Gloucestershire, England; Gloucestershire Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Number: P47 IN 1/3
[ii] Ancestry, Marriage of Thomas Wheeler & Hannah Eagles married 11 November 1800 after Banns, Bisley Church Parish Register 1800-1812,  Gloucestershire England. 'Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938'. Citing: Gloucestershire Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Numbers: P47 IN 1/9  [page 6/image 8 of 64] Gloucestershire Archives; Gloucester, England.  Accessed 22 January 2018 [Transcript of Register entry - “28th and Oct 5th Thomas Wheeler of this Parifh Batchelor and Hannah Eagels of this Parifh spinster were married in this church by Banns with confent of [blank] this 11th Day of Novb in the Year One Thoufand Eight Hundred by me John Green Curate.
This Marriage was foleminized between Us The mark of Thos Wheeler  The Mark of Hannah Eagels,
IN the Prefence of The X Mark of Wm Eagels  [&] Thomas Barradoll[?]”
[iii] Marriage of Rueben Wheeler & Elizabeth Thomas on 27/01/1833 Pitchcombe, Gloucestershire England Parish Church Register, page 16 entry #47. Ancestry.com. Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Marriages and Banns, 1754-1938 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2014. Original data: Gloucestershire Anglican Parish Registers. Gloucestershire Archives, Gloucestershire, England. [Transcript of Register entry - “Banns of Marriage between Thomas Wheeler and Hannah Eagels were published Sep 21st Marriages solemnized inthe Parish of Pitchcombe in the County of Gloucester in the Year 1833. Reuben Wheeler of this Parish and Elizabeth Thomas of this Parish were married in this Church by Banns this 27th Day of January in the Year One thousand eight hundred and thirty three By me George Grimstead Curate. This Marriage was solemnized between us Reuben Wheeler X [signed using his mark] [&] Elizabeth Thomas X [signed using her mark] In the Presence of Danl Estcourt [&] Ann Mills [signed using her mark]”
[iv] Ancestry, Baptism of Elizabeth Thomas baptized 28 July 1804 Pitchcombe Church Register #3 'Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813' Gloucestershire Archives; Gloucestershire, England; Gloucestershire Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Number: P250 IN 1/3 Year Range: 1778-1808 unpagination [image 17 of 33]
[v] Ancestry, Baptism of  Ann Thomas baptized 14 December 1806 Pitchcombe Church Register 'Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813' Gloucestershire Archives; Gloucestershire, England; Gloucestershire Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Number: GDR/V1/183 Year Range: 1639-1813 unpagination [image 260 of 276]; Ancestry, Baptism of Hannah Thomas baptzied 3 February 1812 Pitchcombe Church Register #3 'Gloucestershire, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538-1813' Gloucestershire Archives; Gloucestershire, England; Gloucestershire Anglican Parish Registers; Reference Number: P250 IN 1/4 Year Range: 1778-1808 unpagination [image 3 of 9]
[vi] Glosgen.co.uk. (2018). GlosGen - Bisley Genealogy. [online] Available at: http://www.glosgen.co.uk/records/bisley.htm [Accessed 22 Jan. 2018].
[vii] Ancestry, 1841 Census entry for Rueben Wheeler & family. 841 England Census. Original data: Census Returns of England and Wales, 1841. Kew, Surrey, England: The National Archives of the UK (TNA): Public Record Office (PRO). Class: HO107; Piece: 362; Book: 7; Civil Parish: Minchinhampton; County: Gloucestershire; Enumeration District: 8; Folio: 24; Page: 9
[viii] Ancestry, Shipping record for the Wheeler Family #35 on the Himalaya, February 1842 ‘Assisted Immigrant Passenger Lists, 1828-1896’. State Records Authority of New South Wales; Kingswood New South Wales, Australia; Persons on bounty ships arriving at Port Phillip (Agent's Immigrant Lists);Series: 5318; Reel: 2144; Item: [4/4814] Vessel Himalaya, p.236  [image 4 of 7] Accessed 25 January 2018. Accessed 25 January 2018.; Ancestry, Alphabetical entries #101-104 for Bounty Immigrants of the Wheeler family from the United Kingdom on the Himalaya 1842. ‘Victoria, Australia, Assisted and Unassisted Passenger Lists, 1839-1923’ Register of Assisted Immigrants from the United Kingdom. Microfiche VPRS 14. Public Record Office Victoria, North Melbourne, Victoria. p213 [image 420 of 753].
[ix] Death Certificate Rueben Wheeler died 19 July 1873, Registrar of Birth, Death and Marriages, Victoria, Australia. 6484/1873
[x] Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge (Great Britain), ‘Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge’. C. Knight, 1842 p.127 [online] Available at: Google Books https://books.google.com.au/books?id=Ad9PAAAAMAAJ&vq=bisley&dq=how+far+is+pitchcombe+from+bisley+in+gloucestershire&source=gbs_navlinks_s [Accessed 23 Jan. 2018].

Friday, 26 January 2018

SEPIA SATURDAY 403 - INTERIORS

I have hundreds of photos in my collection, but very few of internal spaces that are not focused on clusters of people around a dinner table or people talking in groups.  Very few of these photos expose the interior design styles or quirks of the era. Below is a series of 3 photos taken circa 1959 that give a little bit of an idea of that period, at least for the working class.

The Context of the Images
Judy Todman & John Williamson’s first home together in Hamilton, Victoria, Australia. The couple moved initially to the Grampians in country Victoria and lived in a caravan while John took on odd jobs close by in Stawell and Judy worked as a nurse in the local hospital. The photos were probably taken to send home to Judy’s family back in Melbourne. The furnishings came with the house.

John fancied himself as a serious amateur photographer and may have developed the photos himself after taking them. The originals photographs are black and white, 3 inches by 2 inches and have sustained quite a bit of surface damage from light scratching.

The photos are staged which probably explains why the bookcase ornaments in one photo are found relocated to the mantelpiece in the following photograph.

A Panoramic View of the living room

Figure 1 Photographer John Williamson, Interior of Lounge room in Hamilton Victoria Australia viewpoint 1, circa 1959 [T318]

When did indoor plants become a thing? I was surprised to see the small indoor planter stand with a single plant in it. The bookcase holds boxes of slides reflecting mostly Johns but also Judy’s interest in photography.

Figure 2 Photographer John Williamson, Interior of Lounge room in Hamilton Victoria Australia viewpoint 2, circa 1959 [T319]
The room is mostly bare with solid furniture and very light curtains. The vinyl records are sitting on top of what could be a stereo player or the speaker to the stereo player on the other wall.  The photos on the wall in a cluster of buildings.

Figure 3 Photographer John Williamson, Interior of Lounge room in Hamilton Victoria Australia viewpoint 3, circa [T320]

There was no TV in these days, listening to the stereo; sitting in front of the fire and/or reading were ways to fill in the evenings after work and dinner.