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Sepia Saturday 356: 25 February 2017

This is the photo prompt for Sepia Saturday this week.

It reminds me a bit of this photo...which was taken by the water at a regatta - showing happiness with get the picture.  My mother is the one in the middle with the Alice band on her head drinking some lemonade, I'm guessing.

 I've blogged about this photo before won't say anymore about it today.  

No-one is painting in the picture sadly, although my mother was and my father is a competent artist.

Here is a photo of my father when he was a young whipper snapper in the Public Works Department I think.

It's the only photo I could find of either of them even thinking about drawing...  

So I have little to show for this week's prompt I'm afraid...but here are some scans of my mother's drawings to give you an idea of her work.

My mother did quite a few drawings of me which I won't bore you with - I suspect they are rather is one she did of my friend Judith

Here is one sh…

Sepia Saturday 355: 18th February 2017

This week's photo is an easy prompt for me.  I found this photo of Cecil and Gladys Maloney in Trafalgar Square London.  

There is no date on this photo.  Would anyone like to hazard a guess?  

Cecil and Gladys used to live at Gulgowra near Lue in NSW.  Then in about 1954 they moved to Church Street in Mudgee.  Cecil died in 1974.  

I reckon this photo was taken somewhere between 1950 and 1960.  

I wrote about Cecil earier here.

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Sepia Saturday 354

The photo above is this week's theme for Sepia Saturday.  If you go to the link on Florida Memory you will see a general note that advises that Niki Vasilikis was also the first Greek member of the W.A.C. or Women's Army Corps.  There's some great information about the W.A.C. on this site and this site.

But I'm not going to focus on the W.A.C. today but look at another shop - this time from Brisbane.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am a sucker for a good cake shop.  Check this out!

Some cake shop huh?  Wait til you see the front window display!

Don't you think that's a lot of cake?  I do!  Did we eat more cake then or what?

Check out what I imagine must have been the first George Adams cake shop.  Isn't it sweet?

I particularly like "Cosy and Quiet".  

Here is an advertisement from the times....

Let's see if we can map out the stores and factory in Brisbane...

According to this site, the Tivoli is the former site of the Adams Cakes factory. Who k…

Sepia Saturday 353: 4th February 2017

Well I'm going to use a photo I've used before for Sepia Saturday but I think I cropped it earlier.  Here it is in all its glory again.....

I'm not going to talk about the photo because there isn't much to say.  You can figure out why I picked it.

I did have fun though looking up Chichicastenango in Guatemala.  I have to date been remarkably ignorant about Guatemala and feel that I have led a somewhat narrow existence.

The photographer of the photo prompt in Sepia Saturday this week was Joseph Janney Steinmetz.  Here's a photo of him on his way to Guatemala.

I wondered what music might be connected to Chichicastenango and found this on YouTube.

Speaking of music, I went to a funeral this weekend.  Sounds glum I know.  

It was a hot day.  I should have worn a hat like the people in the photo but I wasn't really thinking properly.  Jane was so loved by her whole community that the chapel was groaning at the seams and many of us had to sit outside.   The service was ver…

The Body (okay Ancestor) in the Library....

Family Notices (1888, December 31). The Sydney Morning Herald (NSW : 1842 - 1954), p. 1. Retrieved January 30, 2017, from

God bless dear Isabella Jrn. for putting that handy bit of biographical information in the notices. I trotted off to the Victorian BDM site which happily now doesn't seem to charge for searches  - HOORAY! and bought myself a digital copy of Peter's death certificate.  ($24.60 kerching! before you ask).  This gave me his parent's names - yay! back another generation - though of course one must be a bit sceptical (okay a lot sceptical) of information in death certificates but it was something to go on.  
Peter was described as a Gentleman - 84 years old.  He died of Senile Decay.  His father is described as Donald Sinclair. There is something written in brackets after his name which I think says (not known) and his mother is described as Margaret Sinclair formerly Bell.  He was buried 31st December at Melbourne Cem…