Sunday, March 3, 2013

Sunday Scan Day



Isn't this lovely?

If only I knew who it was.

The information on the photo jacket reads as follows: 


Rupert Kay Studio The Strand Sydney.

Judging from entries found on Trove, the Studio seems to have been in existence from 1924-1933.

So - once again I need to track down the fellow McLoughlin researchers and see if they can identify the young woman.




Saturday, March 2, 2013

Sepia Saturday - Workers


Alan Burnett from Sepia Saturday advises the following for today's prompt:


"boxes, paper, workers, machines and dangerously long skirts spring to my mind. All you have to do is to select an old photograph or two and say a few things about them and if you can tie it in with your interpretation of the theme image, well that is a bonus. Post your posts, link it to the list below and then pop in and visit as many other Sepians as you can manage. Easy peasy!"

Well - here she is...my female worker.

No idea if she is wearing a dangerously long skirt...I suspect so.

I am fascinated by what she is wearing.  It looks to be quite a heavy, I don't know, serge type fabric I suppose..quite swish really.  And do you think that is a bib she is wearing?  

Anyway, this is from my grandfather's album.  No identifying information on the photo I'm afraid. I'd say it's a McLoughlin - maybe a sister or an aunt.

She could be working in a Post Office (is that where telephone exchange people worked?)  It's just they look like post boxes in the background there but I guess they could just be any office filing system really.  She is standing rather than sitting.

I'm thinking Bathurst or Orange.

Someone au fait with the history of telephony help me here.

This article suggests that women in country areas doubled as postmistress and telegraph operator.

There's a rather nice image of the women on the switchboard at Anthony Hordern's in Sydney c1905 here on the State Library of NSW website.  And this one of the Jerilderee telephone exchange.

Operators at the telephone exchange in the post office, Pittsworth, ca. 1910  Image by J.H. Pardey and held at John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland.  Copyright expired
These poor chaps look less than inspired by their job don't they?

If you want to find out more you can read Jeffery Rickertt's thesis online called 
Resistance on the line: A history of Australian telephonists and their trade unions, 1880-1988

Looking for more pictures of workers or boxes or machines or really anything ?  
Head on over to Sepia Saturday.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Follow Friday - Infolass



The feeling of being followed by Anjan Chaterjee - image found on Flickr and used under Creative Commons licence anjan58

From Geneabloggers....

Follow Friday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Follow Friday,  simply create a post in which you recommend another genealogy blogger, a specific blog post, a genealogy website or a genealogy resource.  Tell us why they are important to the genealogy community and why we should follow.

A special thanks to Earline Bradt of Ancestral Notes for suggesting Follow Friday as a daily blogging theme!

My pick for this week comes recommended to me by +Jill Ball aka Geniaus who is in my Genealogy circle on Google+.  

Jill reminded me that +Liz Pidgeon is the recipient of the 2012 Margery Ramsay Scholarship for her project "“Local and Family History Services in the UK and USA” .  Liz is also the Local and Family History Librarian at Yarra Plenty Regional Library, in Melbourne, Victoria.  

Liz recently flew to the UK on a study tour to attend WDYTHYA (Who Do You Think You Are) and to research various libraries, archives and the like.

If you are planning a trip to the UK and wondering which repositories you should visit,
Liz's blog Infolass is proving a goldmine this week.  There are great pictures of each place she visits - external and internal - so you get a real sense of where she is and hopefully find it if you go there one day.  Liz tells you a bit about the role of each place, what you can find there and provides links to online catalogues and other resources.

You can like Liz's page on Facebook too if that's more your sort of thing.

Well done Liz!