Alan Burnett from Sepia Saturday says
What better way to spend the day? Book into a smart hotel, relax with a glass of whatever you fancy, sit back and think about design. Our Sepia Saturday theme image this week comes from the Flickr stream of the Internet Book Archive and features an advert for the Hotel Ostend in Atlantic City, NY. When I look at the illustration I think about hotels, obviously, but I also think about design because, to me, it is a beautifully designed illustration. What you see when you look at the illustration is the starting point for your post for Sepia Saturday 290 - post you posts on or around Saturday 1 August 2015 - and whichever way you interpret the theme will be quite acceptable.
Oh I do love Sepia Saturday, so I do. I get to learn so much and go places I've never been and find things I never knew existed. I hope you do too. So, perhaps rather predictably given my origins, my hotel of choice today is.....drumroll
|John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland Copied and digitised from an image appearing in The Queenslander annual, 1 November 1937, p. 3 Image number: 702692-19371101-s003b|
Oops! This is meant to be sepia isn't it? Okay then, how about this?
Isn't it beautiful? Of course it doesn't exist anymore, like many old hotels in Brisbane. Myles Sinnamon from State Library of Queensland has written an excellent blog post here about its history and what stands in its place now.
I'm not sure that I can improve on Myles blog post but I will add this little delight that I found when searching Trove for bits and bobs about The Canberra. Myles notes that it was a temperance hotel and that it was a very popular hotel in the city for country people.
To give you an idea of the sort of people who stayed there or even lived there I found the following entry in A biographical record of Queensland women : a representation of every sphere showing, activities and interests, social, philanthropic, historic, scholastic, sport and travel published in 1939 which you can view here.
Jessie Jane Buchanan died in 1944 on 3 May. She wasn't living in The Canberra at the time but had moved to her daughter's home in Ascot. She was 94 years old and 5 months according to the death notice in the Courier Mail.
|Family Notices. (1944, May 6). The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), p. 6. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article42039392|
1) John Alfred BUCHANAN d. 19 Oct 1886 aged 42; and his wife Jessie Jane BUCHANAN d. 4 May 1944 aged 95 2) Charles Pakenham BUCHANAN d. 22 Sept 1924 aged 49; Captain Joseph David BUCHANAN 2nd Light Horse Field Ambulance d. 21 Dec 1915 aged 35; Elsie Waverley BUCHANAN d. 16 Sept 1941 3) Also his children Lily Elizabeth Barbara b. 14 Oct 1876 d. 18 Oct 1877; John Alfred b. 24 July 1878 d. 4 Feb 1880; John P. BUCHANAN d. 21 Jan 1958.
So you can see how information changes over time. The death notice says Jessie Jane died on 3 May at the age of 94. The tombstone says it was the 4 May and she was 95.
A search of the Deaths index on Qld BDM Index online shows that Jessie Jane Buchanan's parents were Thomas Fraser and Barbara McKenzie. With this information we can then search the Marriage Index. We've got no idea when Jessie Jane and John Alfried got married, but given John Alfred died in 1886 and Lily his daughter was born in 1876, I made the date range 1870 - 1886. I discovered a Jessie Jane Mary Fraser marrying a John Alfred Buchanan in 1873.
And so now we can check births for the Fraser family and the Buchanan family.
We discover if we put in a date range of 1840-1870 that Jessie Jane was one of at least 8 children. Four of them would seem to be born in 1854 but I'm going to guess that they were baptised rather than born in 1854. They were:
Other siblings included:
1865 Catherine Mackenzie
If we check the birth/baptism index for children born to Jessie Jane and John Alfred Buchanan we find:
- 1874 Charles Packenham (who died 1924)
- 1877 Lily Elizabeth Barbara (who died in 1877)
- 1878 John Alfred (who died 1880)
- 1880 Joseph David (who died 1915)
- 1883 Jessie Susan (the daughter in whose home Jessie Jane died and wife of Dr T McKenna)
- 1885 Kathleen Maud (who is known as Maude according to the bio and married TP Power)
- 1887 Ida John Alfreda (known as Yda who married EE Edwards)
Elsie Waverley and John P Buchanan must have been born after 1915. So at least 9 children
How did John Alfred Buchanan die? A search of Trove reveals the following:
|The Late J. A. Buchanan. (1886, October 30). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 708. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article19808767|
When Trove is searched for Jessie Jane Buchanan we find some really interesting information about the estate left to Jessie Jane when John Alfred died.
|LOCAL NEWS. (1887, February 7). Maryborough Chronicle, Wide Bay and Burnett Advertiser (Qld. : 1860 - 1947), p. 2. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article146780042|
|SUPREME COURT. (1887, October 1). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 7. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3480066|
I did find an engagement notice as follows:
|Family Notices. (1889, May 18). Queensland Figaro and Punch (Brisbane, Qld. : 1885 - 1889), p. 18 Supplement: SUPPLEMENT TO QUEENSLAND FIGARO.. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84756641|
Jessie dedicated the altar in St Stephens Cathedral to her husband:
|The Brisbane Courier. (1887, October 24). The Brisbane Courier (Qld. : 1864 - 1933), p. 4. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3481764|
Dig a bit further and using the search term "Mrs JJ Buchanan" rather than "Jessie Jane Buchanan" and we find that Charles her eldest son was in fact, the Mayor of Brisbane.
|Some Queensland Mayors and Mayoresses of 1908. (1908, February 15). The Queenslander (Brisbane, Qld. : 1866 - 1939), p. 26. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article21818066|
And here is an earlier photo of Jessie Jane when she was on the The Committee of Management of the Brisbane Hospital 1914.
|Page 25 of the Queenslander Pictorial, supplement to The Queenslander, 3 April, 1915.John Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland|
Then I hit the jackpot...an obituary for Barbara Fraser - Jessie Jane's mother here. At this point I thought I'd better check the Australian Dictionary of Biography but had no joy looking for either the Buchanans or the Frasers. Reading of this Wikipedia article about Somerville advises me that Erneton was next to Garth House on Wickham Terrace and looking at this photo, I'm thinking it is across the road somewhere from the Windmill.
There is a charming article in Trove commemorating the housewarming of Erneton in Wickham Terrace in 1888.
|Evening Party at Mrs. Buchanan's. (1888, October 20). Queensland Figaro and Punch (Brisbane, Qld. : 1885 - 1889), p. 3 Supplement: THE LADY SUPPLEMENT TO QUEENSLAND FIGARO. Retrieved August 1, 2015, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article84132371|
Addendum: I have just figured out with the aid of Ancestry and looking at the 1906 Electoral Roll that Erneton would have been at 269 Wickham Terrace where the Brisbane Private Hospital is now as per this map. It too has gone sadly and replaced with a fairly ordinary (in terms of design) building ..sigh.
Perhaps its best just to finish off with this nice little article celebrating Jessie Jane's 88th birthday:
|The Courier-Mail (Brisbane, Qld. : 1933 - 1954), Monday 13 December 1937, page 21 courtesy of The National Library of Australia|
PS I feel I must add that my mother used to carry a reading lamp with her whenever we went to stay in a hotel complaining bitterly that this was a basic item that most hotels overlooked. She would have liked The Canberra I dare say. One of my besties takes a magnified mirror with her when staying away from home. I laughed when walking into the bathroom of the hotel I was staying at in Bali recently to discover the much sought after mirror screwed to the wall. Deborah would have given 5 stars to that resort for its mirror alone.
What do you like to see in a motel/hotel?