Saturday, February 22, 2014

Sepia Saturday 216: 22 February 2014


Alan from Sepia Saturday says:

Ever since photography was knee high to a grasshopper, the suit has been the be-all and end-all of masculine fashion. And our theme image for Sepia Saturday 216 (post your posts on or around Saturday 22 February) celebrates the suit : or rather three suits, or rather three three-piece suits. And for good measure there are three wonderful hats as well (why is it that the drab suit has stood the test of time whilst the far more practical and visually expressive hat has not?). If you don't like suits and hats you can always focus on the group of three. Or you can hunt out any other potential prompt within this picture by that old Sepia Saturday favourite Sam Hood (1872-1953) which features in the Australian National Maritime Museum collection on Flickr Commons.

I think I have just about drained my resources of photos from my family collection of men in suits but here are some more (I don't think I've used these before....forgive me if I have done so).

Jack Casey
Now all I have to go on is the back of the photo which has, in my mother's handwriting "Jack Casey"....I imagine it is from my grandfather's collection - that is, my maternal grandfather - Tom McLoughlin - although I don't think he is in the photo.  I'm not sure which person is Jack Casey - the person on the left or the person on the right.  Most frustrating.  A search of Trove suggests that Jack Casey in the 1920s was a bit of a sculler and participated in the World Championships.  I'm not really a sporting person, so there may be others who can fill in the blanks here.  Check out this article here on Trove for a fairly detailed description of Jack's age and physique.  So, there you are.  Not three men in suits and hats...just two.

Two men and a boat

Once again, another photo from my grandfather's collection.  No idea who it is or where but it's all good fun isn't it.....particularly the legs and feet on the left there that seem to be leaning......

Last one from the family collection shows only one three piece suit really....but I like it because that is my mother, peeking over her mother's shoulder.  A family outing...somewhere...sometime....I'm guessing around 1945.  My mother looks about 10 years old don't you think.  Not too young but not too old.  I'm not sure who all the other people are...particularly the couple on the left.  The two ladies in the middle are the twins, my maternal grandmother Kit and her sister Belle.  Then on the right Bell's daughter Joy and I'm assuming her father, Bill Wingfield.



Barbara McLoughlin and the Wingfields on an excursion c. 1945

But let's have a look at what I found on Picture Queensland...that's always a lot of fun.

Railway workers strike near Central Railway Station, Brisbane, St. Patrick's Day, 1948
Yes, I know not all of them are wearing three-piece suits but I thought there were enough hats and I liked the movement and sense of expectation in the photo....

Max Porter, Wondai
This chap just looks nice, doesn't he?  He used to own a Berkshire Stud piggery apparently at Wondai.

Radke family portrait, ca.1920-1930 
 I am intrigued by this photo.  Who was this family?  Nobody's suits seem to fit properly really.  The SLQ photo description says....A group portrait of six male members of the Radke family posing behind a chair with a model bi-plane which sits in front of the group. A central man in the portait, possibly a South Sea Islander, is in a white suit, whereas the rest of the men are wearing dark suits. 

There's a story here to be sure....

Gibson Brothers c. 1940 
There's a story here too I'm sure...what a great photo!  SLQ photo description says: Gibson brothers (4 sisters absent from photo). L-R kneeling is Thomas, standing behind unknown, Russell (Maleny butcher), Edward (Ted) with pipe, behind unknown, James in light suit with cigarette and Alexander (Alex). (Description supplied with photograph.) 

Still hungry for more?

Fredrick Roy Noon


So am I, but it is dinner time and Caspar is dishing up, so you'll have to come back next week....or mosey on over to Sepia Saturday and see what else is on the menu.


Sunday, February 16, 2014

Sepia Saturday 215: 15 February 2014



Alan from Sepia Saturday says:

Our theme image this week features a picture postcard view of Jamaica Street, Glasgow (from the National Gallery of Scotland stream on Flickr Commons). I am not expecting people to match the Glasgow theme, or indeed the Jamaica theme, although knowing the resources and imagination of Sepians, I wouldn't be too surprised if some people took up such a challenge. The thing that came to my mind when I first saw the image was the crowds : we always tend to think of crowded streets as being something new, something twenty-first century, but clearly that isn't the case.


Crowds, huh?

Well the first photo that came to mind was this one....

1954 Victoria Road Drummoyne, Sydney  - Queen's visit to Australia

On the back is my mother's handwriting as follows:



I Googled images of Victoria Road Drummoyne and found this link from 2011 - so we're looking at about 206 Victoria Road or thereabouts.  What was the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, the white building at the very end is now the Drummoyne Medical Centre.  

Let's look at another photo from that time.

1954 Victoria Road Drummoyne, Sydney - Queen's visit to Australia

Here is my mother's handwriting again on the back


So if you were the photographer, you would have just turned a bit to the left to capture that view, if you know what I mean.  Once again a Google street view search shows that where Jack's photographic studio is now a Ray White office at 222 Victoria Road Drummoyne.  

So Jack's studios were called Alva Studios.  A search on Trove finds them in Drummoyne from c 1939.  There is an ad in 1934 for some canvassers to work for the studio but they were then based at 2A Hercules Street Ashfield and before that they were located in Orange.

Here is another photo.  This is not from the same set.  I'm not sure where this came from.  I suspect my father's collection or even my paternal aunt's collection.  I think it is of the Queen and I think it is taken near a hospital - possibly Concord Hospital.  See all the nurses?  I love the reflections of the legs in the shiny car surface.


No helpful information on the back of this photo just this


I have talked about my Aunt working at Concord Hospital before here.

This blog post seems to confirm it is the Queen yes?

If you want to see the car (not so shiny now), a Daimler Landaulette, you can check it out at the National Museum of Australia here.

I was part of a crowd once too.  Princess Diana and Prince Charles came to Brisbane in 1983 and we were all agog.  I worked for the ABC then in the Publicity Department and managed to secure a place smack bang in the middle of the Queen Street Mall together with the crew who were doing the Outside Broadcast.  It was terribly exciting.  I don't think I actually got to see her.  All I saw was the media scrum.

Here are some of the slides I took on the day..

The media wagon

Queen Street Mall and yes, that is a woman up a tree...

Janine Walker Talkback show host

The OB crew anxiously waiting

Here is a You Tube video that sums up the visit...




Last but not least, I searched Picture Queensland to see what else has attracted crowds.  I was much struck with the photos of the crowds that greeted Bert Hinkler when he came to Brisbane after flying solo from the England to Australia in 1928.  He was the first to do so.  The crowds look just extraordinary in these photos...


Link to Picture Queensland

The first photo is not very clear here so go and look at it here....George Street is unrecognisable...all those buildings have gone now.  We are looking at the corner of George and Adelaide streets...very sad to see such heritage lost.

Link to Picture Queensland

And here is the Queen Street Mall.  See the men sitting on top of the awning to the Wintergarden Theatre.  That's just about where I would have been watching Diana and Charles nearly sixty years later.



courtesy of Picture Queensland

Not sure which lane way in Brisbane this was...perhaps someone would like to hazard a guess.

Link on Picture Queensland

And this is the one I find most extraordinary.  Just look at all those people standing on the awnings.  Just incredible...

Here's a link to SLQ's blog with an account.

We were only talking about the miracle of flying yesterday at the Gym...how we take it for granted today...how we used to get dressed up to fly....

Here's a link to Bert's message to Australia at the time.  Looks like he got dressed up for radio too.





If you want to check out more crowds, go here.

P.S. I'm a bit excited that there is now a bit of a crowd on this blog!  I have reached the magic number of 50 followers....hoorah!!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Calling Canberra, Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart, Sydney and Perth!

Photo by bitzcelt - License - some rights reserved

Have you longed to go on a genealogy cruise?  Would you like to meet other genealogy bloggers in person? It's not a cruise, but it's the next best thing!  Unlock the Past is hosting a series of seminars around Australia with visiting experts and I went to the first yesterday, held in Brisbane.  Because I pre-booked it only cost $39.50 for the whole day which was unbelievable value.

It was so much fun!  The best part was getting to meet fellow bloggers Helen V Smith and Caitie from Genealogically Speaking.  But of course there was so much more.

The day began at 9am at the Broncos Leagues Club.  It's the kind of place that would make my mother spin in her grave if she knew I'd even darkened its doors but it's designed to host large numbers of people and feed them quickly, at a reasonable cost and in reasonable comfort - if you can just ignore those ghastly poker machines. 

My big tip to you if you attend these seminars in another city at a similar institution is bring your membership card if you belong to that kind of club - you'll jump the queue somewhat.  Broncos accepted RSL membership cards too.  Otherwise, like me,  you will have to join the queue to sign in and then join another queue to register...sigh.

The organisers gave us an hour to register which I thought was very generous but by the time we had signed in, joined the queue to register and then found the toilets we had 15 minutes left to check out the stalls and grab a coffee.  So there's another big tip...don't be late...or maybe be very late and join the end of the queue but have had your coffee on the way.

Also, despite the heat in Brisbane, these places are air-conditioned so you might want to wear 3/4 sleeves or bring a cardi with you.....


The day got off to a great start with the lovely Thomas MacEntee of Geneabloggers and Hack Genealogy fame.  I took notes on my iPad using its Notes app which I could then email to myself.  Broncos didn't seem to have free Wifi up and running on the day though I think they have the capacity to do so. Thomas' first session was entitled Building a Research Toolbox.  This was a great guide to choosing tools to help you store and organise your research.  My colleague from work was inspired to give Evernote a try as soon as she got home.  We were both sobered by Thomas' story of the librarians in the Family History library regularly finding up to 50 USBS a day left behind in the library by researchers.  So my take away from that session was the importance of putting a text file on your USB with the name IF FOUND....and your contact details.

The next visiting expert was the engaging Chris Paton of the British GENES blog and author of countless very helpful genealogy guides.  Chris spoke to us about Irish Land Records.  His talk reignited my interest in pursuing my Irish research which I don't seem to do very well and which by and large remains a bit of a mystery.  My takeaway from his session was to look more closely at Household Returns i.e. not just form a, but to check out forms b and n too which might give you more leads in your research.  



The lovely Rosemary Kopittke then gave us an overview of MyHeritage.  To be honest, I wasn't particularly interested in this but I will check out the free software disc that we were given.  Rosemary made the excellent observation that because the program/website is available in 40 different languages, you may be able to discover European connections not availalbe on English only sites.  I was also intrigued by the Memory Game for kids function which I thought might be fun.

This was followed by a demonstration of the fabulous FlipPal scanner but readers of this blog will know how besotted I am with mine and so my colleague and I sought the early lunch option and made a discrete exit.

We enjoyed a lunch upstairs at 88 Restaurant and Bar with the lovely Caitie and exchanged stories about dreams and weird career path-taking and the joys of genealogy.

Caitie and Alex 


After lunch we browsed the stalls again which were staffed by enthusiastic volunteers and staff from organisations such as the Genealogical Society of Queensland, History Queensland, the Queensland Family History Society, State Archives of Queensland, State Library of Queensland, Find My Past, Unlock the Past and Gould Genealogy and Guild of One Name Studies.

GSQ, History Queensland and Find My Past stands

QFHS Booskhop stalwarts!
Fabulous free goodies from the State Archives stall
Then there was the prize draw.  On the way in we had each been given a lucky door ticket. There were 15 prizes drawn for $1400 worth of goods/vouchers.  Out of approximately 150 delegates we reckoned we were in with a fair chance.  And I won the QFHS prize!!!  How about that?  Those who know me well will get a giggle out of this.


This very bad photo shows you that I am now the proud possessor of the brand spanking new CD off QFHS press - the Queensland Passports Index 1915-1925.  The CD provides (this is taken from the flyer) :

 "an index to information in a series of passport registers compiled by the Collector of Customs, Brisbane and currently held by the National Archives of Australia (Brisbane) (NAA Series B.P. 384/1).  During the 1974 floods in Brisbane the registers were submerged for 2-3 days.  Following this they were transferred to the National Archives where action was taken to preserve them.  This index complements the Queensland State Archives on-line indexes to Passport Registeres 1926-1939.  The index has 13,268 entries, covering name, address, date, destination (begun in 1922), type of record (e.g. Issue, Renewal, Visa, Inspection, Endorsement), register volume and page number.  The CD costs $34.50 incl. GST plus $2.00 postage.  QFHS members can buy it for $29.50 plus $2.00 postage.  Those from overseas can purchase for $31.50 plus $5.00 postage.  Contact The Secretary, QFHS, PO Box 171, Indooroopilly QLD 4068 or via the website.

Other prizes included:

Books from Unlock the Past

Book from the Guild of One Name Studies 

12mth subscription to Find My Past

6mth Inside History subscription

4 genealogy ebook 50% off vouchers off from Gould

Myheritage –1 yr premium subscription

GSQ muster roll parts 1 & 2

Unlock the Past book on Digital Imaging Essentials 

Unlock the Past cruise 2 x $200 vouchers 

What's not to like?  We Aussies love our lucky door prizes!

After the prize draws, local societies/organisations were invited to speak for 5 minutes about their good works.  GSQ, QFHS and SLQ took up the opportunity and gave enlightening, concise and delightful overviews of their services.

The last two sessions for the day were from our visiting experts - Thomas MacEntee and Chris Paton.  Thomas' session was entitled You use WHAT for genealogy?  Wonderful uses for unusual tools.  He spoke about all sorts of tools ranging from Blogger to Facebook, how to find them and the importance of sharing your finds.  For me the takeaway from this session was Easybib.com, a free bibliography and citation generator tool,  which I hadn't heard of before and he also explained the Wolfram Alpha app to me so that I understood it for once.  I had downloaded it before but never really "got" it.  



Unfortunately I had to miss Chris Paton's presentation on Scottish inheritance records as I was already late for a Rainbow Unicorn party for a very dear 4 year old.  My phone was dead as a doornail by the time I left Broncos (note to self, fully charge mobile phone before an event such as this!!) so the photo above was taken by the proud father.  Needless to say I was impressed by the unicorn shaped fairy bread and the enormous and very colourful cake.  I think small ones slept very well after the exciting slip-n-slide in the backyard as indeed did I after my full and fun day!