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Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Percy H Judd, House and Land Agent, Ascot Vale

Source: State Library of Victoria, 'Cheltenham Cycle Club Outings, ca 1897'. 
Actual date closer to 1906-07. Photo by T J A Tinker, Moonee Ponds.  
The State Library of Victoria has two photographs relating to the business of Percy H Judd, House and Land Agent, which I have investigated, with some further assistance from Alex Bragiola, to establish the location of each of the buildings - one 'Opposite Station' Ascot Vale, and the other in Union Rd, Ascot Vale.  I have created a page on the website to reveal what I learnt.

Another interesting feature of those two photos is the previously unknown photographer, T J A Tinker.  There is a further webpage about T J A Tinker and his activities.

Friday, 1 February 2019

New School Photos for Time Travellers

We have some new school photos on the Time Travellers website, including the above class photo from Aberfeldie State School, Grade 1E, 1949.   Further Aberfeldie photos are now on the website, as well as another for Ascot Vale State School and the Flemington State School.  Click here to go to the Time Travellers'  website.

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

A glimpse of Little Zion, Flemington

Little Zion Chapel in its original location near the creek, 1866. Original held by the Essendon Historical Society.
The above image of Little Zion is a detail from an 1866 photograph taken by Nettleton from the Moonee Ponds Creek, looking north. The chapel is identifiable by the rounded windows along its side wall. During flooding of the creek, the chapel was subject to inundation, and in time it was put on wheels and moved up the hill in Mt Alexander Rd to a position behind the Wesleyan Church.  The original location of the chapel was described as on the corner of Pitt St and Flemington Rd, though by Flemington Rd most likely Mt Alexander Rd was meant.

Detail of MMBW plan from 1900 showing Pitt St on the right and Mt Alexander Rd on the left.  In this plan Pitt St continued right through Debney's Park until it met up with Mt Alexander Rd. Moonee Ponds Creek ran just below this part of the plan. State Library of Victoria, MMBW plan, 1900.

Little Zion chapel.  Source: The Newsletter, Essendon Historical Society, Issue 179, page 8, Jun-Jul 2005.
Marked on the map detail above is the approximate location of the children when the photo was taken, looking to the right.  Behind them is the school building.  The Sunday School building is seen over their left shoulder.  Little Zion sits between the Church and the Sunday School, with perhaps only a bump of the roof visible in the photo of the children.   State Library of Victoria, MMBW plan 1900,
Photo: courtesy of Warren Delbridge.

A Training School is one which takes student teachers for training (as opposed to a Teachers' College) and they get to train on real pupils.   The girl on the right of the photo is Grace Adams, who was born in 1915, grand-daughter of the Morgans of the Cross Keys Hotel, Essendon.  In this photo Grace appears to be eight or nine, which would make the date of the photo about 1923-24.  This photo depicts the grounds of the older Flemington school on the west side of the road, where the Mt Alexander College is currently situated. The new Flemington school was officially opened in November 1923.
(FLEMINGTON STATE SCHOOL. (1923, November 24). The Argus (Melbourne, Vic. : 1848 - 1957), p. 27.

The young scout standing at the back on the right may have belonged to the 6th Melbourne Scouts, if his scarf is anything to go by.  If you know any of these young people, please let us know.

On the left is the Flemington school building, on the right is the Sunday School, and somewhere in the centre is the Little Zion Chapel. The building in the background to the right is the Sunday School, erected facing Bignell St at the rear of the Wesleyan Church on Mt Alexander Rd, Flemington.
From the above aerial photo taken in 1945, Little Zion appears to have been moved for a second time to make room for a new building of a similar size beside it.  Courtesy of Alex Bragiola.

The Wesleyan Sunday School, facing Bignell St, Flemington. Source: Souvenir of the Flemington Methodist Sunday School Centenary Celebrations, 1858-1958.

At the back of the school, looking east. The children were photographed standing in front of the section on the left.  Courtesy:   Alex Bragiola

Sunday, 16 December 2018

"Johnsville", 74 McCracken St, Kensington

"A house named "Johnsville", location unknown".     Source: Leigh McKinnon posted this to "Australia - Vintage Photos of Cities and Towns in Australia Facebook Group", 10 April 2018.

The photo was later identified as being at 74 McCracken St, Kensington, and the woman and boy to be Jessie Douglas and her son John. 

The woman's dress dates to about 1880, and the boy appears to be around 12-14, so I am a little doubtful about the identification of the Douglas mother and son.  By 1880 John would have been 24, and Jessie 66, neither age applying to the two in the photo.

The house, on the other hand, does conform with the shape of the front of the house shown in the MMBW plan from 1901, detail below, though of course many others did.  I have not yet seen any other image of the house, so that is also open to question.  

The Douglases weren't in the house as early as 1880.  The 1884 Sands & McDougall Directory shows two houses between the school and the Wesleyan church, occupied by Charles Dalton and J Rossthorn.

See the Time Travellers website for further details about "Johnsville".  Please get in touch if you can shed any light on the house or the people in the photo.

Alex Bragiola advises that the house was built circa 1882 by James Rawsthorne a local builder, according to the rate books, before the Methodist church on the left was built.   Presumably the J Rossthorn mentioned in the Sands & McDougall directories was actually James Rawsthorne.

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Ascot Vale State School 1928 Grade Prep

This photo of the Prep grade at Ascot Vale State School No 2608 has been added to the Time Travellers website.

Finsbury St, Newmarket and the Arnott family

45 Finsbury St, Newmarket, circa 1897.  Courtesy of the Sam Merrifield Library.
Two photos of 45 Finsbury St were recently acquired by the Sam Merrifield Library for their local heritage collection, and you will find them with the exploration of the probable identity of the woman and children in the two photos can be found on the Time Travellers website.

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Mrs Windsor and the Essendon Public Library

This detail from a Charles Nettleton photo of the south end of the Essendon Town Hall, dated circa 1885-1887, shows “Public Library” and “Reading Room” painted on the glass of the upper storey windows.  Courtesy of the State
Library of Victoria Collection, H4521; LTAF 858.
Mrs Sarah Windsor was the first public librarian in Essendon.  She worked for the Council for a remarkable 56 years until her retirement in 1938, only a couple of years before the Council closed the library entirely.

The Time Travellers website carries the remarkable story of Sarah Windsor,  the daughter of a Van Diemen's Land convict, who became a well-known community figure in Essendon, retiring from her duties at the advanced age of 88.

Story featured in The Herald 30 March 1938 on Sarah's retirement.