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Sepia Saturday 524: 13 June 2020

I have a feeling that in the old world - the pre-Covid world - it would have been round about Wimbledon tennis time now. But this isn't the real world, this is the Sepia world and therefore we can still have tennis if we want it. Or we can have sports, or women in long dresses or pavilions or whatever you would like. The Sepia world is rather like that, you can make the rules up as you go along. So says Alan Burnett from Sepia Saturday.
Here are some photos of my mother, her mother (I think, she was an identical twin so it's always difficult to be sure), her cousins and assorted friends. I think they are playing on tennis courts somewhere around Hamilton, Newcastle, Australia.  If you recognise the scenery, please enlighten me as there are quite a few tennis courts around Hamilton.  Not all the photos were taken on the same day.  My mother Barbara is a bit smaller in this first photo and in a different outfit.

Isn't it great how the horizon is a bit tilted in this photo?  I …
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Sepia Saturday 523: 6 June 2020 - Margaret Jones research

This post is in honour of Sepia Saturday and the theme this week is windows.  I have chosen a photo of a woman called Margaret Jones from Wales who seems to be cheerfully working in her dairy. Everything looks clean, spotless and very bright.  You can’t really see the window but you know it’s there from the light, and you can glimpse a bit of the frame.  This is how I am feeling about my family history research at the moment.  I know there is a window there somewhere…I’m getting chinks of light but I’m still trying to fill in all the picture…through a glass darkly to quote someone.

Margaret Jones, Hafod Owen, Llanfachreth, and her homemade butter Ffotograffydd/Photographer: Geoff Charles (1909-2002) Dyddiad/Date: June 19, 1953 Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales No known copyright restrictions

145 years ago my g-g-g-grandmother, Margaret TAYLOR (nee JONES) died on 6th June 1875.  Like Margaret Jones in the photo above, she was a dairy (and house) maid from Wales.…

Crazy Month of May 2020 meme: pandemic experiences

It has been quite a while since I have blogged. One could call it writer's block. So what better way to get started than working on Cassmob's meme for May 2020 and break the drought. Here we go.

What are you most grateful for during this COVID-19 crisis?
Well, believe it or not, this is quite tricky to answer because I have so much for which to be grateful e.g. my very good health and having a good job and plenty of leave I can use. But if I had to choose what I valued most it is probably living in Australia where we seem to have put a lid on it pretty quickly and are not seeing the terrible statistics that are happening in other countries.
What have you missed most during the full or partial lock-down?
Being able to give my dear old Dad a big hug and vice versa. I also miss just being able to meander and browse in the shops or supermarket or sit and have a coffee and watch the world go by.  I also miss being able to go to the art gallery and the cinema.  I would have thought …

Sepia Saturday 501: 4 January 2020

Goodness me!  2020!  Who woulda thunk we'd be seeing the year 2020?

Alan Burnett from Sepia Saturday has provided us with the prompt of the charming smile of an unknown lady.

So here goes...a photo from my maternal grandfather's collection.  I welcome all comments from the McLoughlin clan as to who this photo is of...the name Lena springs to mind.  Probably one of my grandfather's sisters.

Here is a photo of the photo wallet in its entirety.  The number on the top left looks suspciously like my mother's writing but it could be a photographic studio note.  Does it mean it was taken in 1921?  We will probably never know.  

I can find evidence of the Rupert Kay Studio in the Sydney Morning Herald from Trove 21 January 1914.

I think dating the photograph at about 1921 is correct.  The hairstyle is either finger waving or Marcelling.

Let's go back to the family tree and check the siblings.  My grandfather Thomas was born in 1898.  Then there was Margaret Philomena born 1899, …

Accentuate the Positive Geneameme 2019

Jill Bill from GeniAus once again invites us to reflect on our genealogical achievements for the year.  
Here are the questions and I just know that my account of 2019 will not be a fabulous one but, if anything, it inspires me to greater heights in 2020:
1.  An elusive ancestor I found was 
2.  A great newspaper article I found was about John Patrick or "Jack" McLoughlin, my mother's uncle,  in this blog post here.
3.  A geneajourney I took was to Melbourne.  I confess the trip to Melbourne was mostly about catching up with dear friends, going to a musical and doing a sewing workshop but I managed to convince a friend/chauffeur to detour while getting croissants one morning to have a look at an ancestor's house in Napier Street Fitzroy.  Who knows if it really was his house - numbers may have changed in the street - but I was just excited to be in the street where he used to live.  I wrote about Peter Sinclair in this and other blog posts.  I did try to go and see the P…

Sepia Saturday 492: 19 October 2019

The focus of Sepia Saturday this week is prams - or perambulators as they were once known.  

I have shown pictures of prams before on my blog.  

This one only a couple of weeks mother is in the pram.

This one of my mother with her doll's pram was posted six years ago.

This one of her cousin's son Doug in a pram (and what a very smart pram it is) five years ago.

If you look carefully at the photo of Gladys and Cecil Maloney in this photo posted a couple of years ago, you can see another pram

So it was a real challenge to find a new photo...but here it is!

Me and my doll's pram which I suspect we still have somewhere in the attic.

My grandmother brought back this dress for me from Hawaii however the photo was taken in Edinburgh Scotland.  Gee I loved that pram.  It took a lot of beating.  

I dug up a couple more recent photos of my children.

Me and Bel in her pram - actually I don't think it was ours.  I think it was a borrow-job until we got our own.

And then Cas came al…