Sunday, February 24, 2013

Fab Feb Photo Collage - Day 24

Patrick McLoughlin c. 1899-1901

Look at this fantastic photo.  How lucky am I to have a copy of it?

This is the back of the photo.

That's my mother's writing in the blue.  I'm not sure who owns the brown writing.  I'm thinking Annie and Mary, John McLoughlin's older sisters.  John McLoughlin was my maternal great-grandfather.  His older brother Patrick was born in 1865.

He looks a reasonably young man here so I'm thinking the photo was taken in the 1880s.

This source indicates that the studio was active from 1899-1912.  However I understand from checking the indexes to NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages that Patrick died in 1901.  I must order his death certificate.  

I have looked for his name on the Nominal Roll of the Sudan and Boer War but without success.  So I'm at a bit of a loss to know what uniform he is wearing and what he is doing.

The photos and discussion on the State Archives website was quite interesting.

This website advises the following regarding the conflict in Sudan 1883-1885: 

 New South Wales Contingent
This was the first war in which Australians were involved. They arrived wearing their home service dress, ie. red frock and white helmet, they soon received a shipment of English khaki, 1882 valise equipment and leggings although the latter were not popular and trousers were often left loose. Australia supplied one battalion of infantry (volunteers) and a battery of artillery.

What do you think Sudan or Boer War?


John said...

Patrick McLoughlin c. 1899-1901. Are these service dates?

Alex Daw said...

Hi John - No they are not service dates. It's me guesstimating when the photo would have been taken - given the information I discovered about the photography studio. But I may very well be wrong. I'm also trying to guess Patrick's age in the photo.

Mary-Ann said...

Hi Alex
Have you checked records for the "Boxer Rebellion" in China?
"Throughout 1899 the I-ho-ch'uan and other militant societies combined in a campaign against westerners and westernised Chinese...By March 1900 ..western powers decided to intervene, partly to protect their nationals but mainly to counter the threat to their territorial and trade ambitions".(Australian War Memorial)