Friday, February 18, 2022

Vroom Vroom

We take our cars for granted.  Airconditioning, reversing camera's and GPS are relatively standard to us.  Our ancestors would never have dreamed of these features 100 years ago!

1925
My Grandmother, Rita Walker (nee Jones) 
I wonder if she hated the photo so tried to destroy it?


1928
Almond Dale, Winiam
James, Mabel, Lorna and Hazel Pilgrim (rear)
"The Chev was the third car, but first new car" of my Great Grandparents


1929
My Great Great Grandmother, Edith Geyer (nee Bound). 
She died as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident in 1937.


March 1929
Back to Nhill
Victoria Street, Nhill


August 1932
My Grandfather, Allan Scott


1933
My Grandmother, Eva Scott (nee Pilgrim), May Johnston,
Sadie Johnston, Mrs. Johnston (back)


Bob Pilgrim's car
Nhill


My Grandfather, Gordon Walker's Austin
Tarraville


My favourite photo has been left to last.  My mother is the youngest child. 
1949
Scott Family
Eva, Joy (front), Jean, Don, Rob, Allan

I wonder what cars shall look like in another 50 or 100 years?  Driverless?  Flying? Or something unimagined?

Monday, January 31, 2022

Hoarder? Collector? Keeper of Memories?

 Did you know that the days & dates in 1966, 1977, 2005, 2011, and 2022 align?  

My father recently located a number of old calendars.  I immediately put the 1972 calendar on the wall thinking that it matched this year (2022).  However, I turned the page today and realised that 1972 was a leap year!  So the calendar is only useful January and February in 2022!  And what are the chances, but I am missing the years that I could use!  Darn!

I shall keep the calendar on the wall until the end of February 2022

Around every corner in our home, is a different memory.  EVERYTHING on display in our home has a meaning or memory. 

No longer are collections hidden in the cupboard.  They are on display for our enjoyment.

For years the badges were in a container in the cupboard,
but they are now on display
The bookcase below is older than I am.  Mum always had medical encyclopedias in it. Now it contains World Book encyclopedias.  My inlaws invested in these encyclopedias in 1972 to assist my husband and his brother with their learning. 

I am extremely grateful to my cousin for giving me the beautiful ruby block butter dish.  It is EAP Glass which was produced from 1850 to 1914.  This one is estimated to be from 1894. I suspect that this may have been a 40th wedding anniversary gift, passed down through several generations.  Perhaps a gift from my Great Grandparents Ambrose and Mary Walker (nee Mottram) to my Great Great Grandparents Alexander and Ellen Walker (nee Rowe) who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on 20th July 1908.  Or was it a gift to Mary's parents, my Great Great Grandparents, Samuel and Elizabeth Mottram (nee Gourley), who celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary on 27th January 1915?

My father has made me two replicas of this bookcase for side tables in the loungeroom
Every time that I look at the pair of candelabra I think of a deceased friend, Bill Terhorst.   Bill was an engineer and very clever.  He learned blacksmith skills from one of his relatives and made two of these, with the assistance of my husband.  
The good luck charm was purchased in China while I was on a trip with my daughter.

Hand-made by Bill Terhorst.

The small tea-pot belonged to my Nanna.  Several of her grandchildren remember cups of tea being made in it.
The kettle with the green lid was always on our stove growing up.  The fruit bowl (full of knick knacks) belonged to my nanna also.

The tea tin was a container for cereal when we were children.
The canisters were purchased from Bendigo Pottery when we visited friends.
The coffee grinder belonged to my husband's parents (and is of German origin)
The scales were from my days as a bank teller before coin-counting became digital.

The crystal cabinet belonged to Great Grandma Walker and was given to me by another cousin for safekeeping.  It was one of the first things I saw when I walked in the front door of my grandparents.  Nanna always had jelly beans for us, hiding behind a picture on the crystal cabinet.

The dancing doll in the bottle is another beautiful memory of my nanna, who would wind it up for me over and over again when I was a little girl.

The above barometer is one of a large number of pigeon flying trophies. 
My father in law won the VHA Long Distance Average in 1977

The dining room is full of memories. These are only a few examples.
On our honeymoon, we were chased down the road by a vendor eager to sell his wares.  We ended up purchasing the hand-carved cobra walking stick for $5, to stop him from following us.
The ice bucket and trays are VHA pigeon racing trophies.
The cup was given to my parents upon my birth by the masonic lodge.
The crockery is part of a set that belonged to my maternal great grandmother, Mabel Pilgrim (nee Geyer), but it has been broken up and shared among the family.
The goblets belonged to my mother in law.  They were always on display in her wall unit

The purple lamp was used on the kitchen table by my grandmother prior to electricity.
The iron lamp was a wedding present to my Great Grandparents,  Ambrose and Mary Walker, from the bride's father, Samuel Mottram.
The copper picture brings back memories of my grandfather, Gordon Walker, as it was on the wall of my grandparents home when I was a child.
Just out of view is a picture from Disneyland, a scent lamp which a gift from past colleagues/friends, and an urn from a visit to Turkey.

The knitting machine and cupboard belonged to my maternal grandfather, Allan Scott, who purchased them when he returned from World War II, to make socks for the soldiers.
The piano accordion (in the case) was my mothers when she was a child.
The hat was from when my husband was in the army.
The handbag belonged to my mother-in-law.
Mum made the tablecloth with hobbytex

I have given you a small taste of our eclectic style.  Some may think that I am a hoarder.  Others with say that I am a collector.  But I consider myself to be the keeper of memories. I have a book of photographs of all the memorabilia, which includes a description of its origin.  If something happens to me, others will also know the significance.
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It started with calendars but finished with memorabilia!
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Saturday, January 29, 2022

Barn Yard Capers!

"I did not think you would get involved in this Barn Yard caper

I can still hear my grandmother's disgust when she made a surprise visit in 1989 and became aware that I was living with my boyfriend (who is now my husband of more than 30 years).

Gran was very proper and had a religious upbringing.  She did not believe in cohabitation. If only she had known!!

Gran had always told me that her grandparents were married on the 2nd Feb 1886.  Several family history books confirmed this.


I found it very curious when I ordered a marriage certificate and found that the actual date of marriage was 2nd February 1888, not 1886!
Edward Geyer and Edith Bound were married in February 1888

Their eldest child, my Great Grandmother, was born 20th April 1888, being two and a half months after her parents married.

Edward and Edith Geyer's eldest child was born in April 1888.

It seems that over several generations, my grandmother was the only one who was not "involved in the Barn Yard capers"
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Saturday, January 22, 2022

Enjoy Every Day

My grandmother looks so happy holding the snowballs.  She must be cold as she is not dressed for the snow. Her shoes, dress, and bare legs are totally inappropriate. But look at that beaming smile!    

It is November1962 and my grandparents are aged in their early 50's.  The youngest of their four children is 17 years old.  They are getting a taste for the travel that they have been looking forward to for many years.  They had no idea that in less than three years, one of them would be deceased.

Eva Scott
Mt Wellington, Tasmania
1962

My grandmother was worried that she would be seasick on the voyage from Victoria to Tasmania.  My Grandfather told her that it was all in her mind.  He believed that if she thought she would be sick then it would happen. But guess who was actually seasick? 

Allan Scott
1962

Allan Scott
Mt Wellington, Tasmania
1962
My grandfather had completed some unwanted overseas travel during WWII.  He diligently wrote to my grandmother every week.  Most of those letters made it back to Australia, with the main purpose being to let my grandmother know that he was missing her and the family, and that he was alive.

According to Defence records, my grandfather developed Asthma and Rheumatic Fever while in Egypt.  It was ultimately the Rheumatic fever that led to his death in 1965 at the age of 56. 

When my grandfather died, he wasn't much older than I am now!

My grandmother never remarried or had another partner.  I asked her once why she had not remarried.  She told me that she had 'married the best, so there could be no one else'.

However, she still fulfilled her travel ambitions.  It was her postcards from around the world that inspired my love of travel.  

Thank you Gran xoxo

My kids enjoying the snow in Germany in 2006

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This post was inspired by Sepia Saturday 605



Favourite Photos

I often say that my favourite photo is yet to be taken.....but maybe it was taken near 100 years ago?

I received my first camera in 1978, to take on a school 'train trip' from Stratford to Swan Hill (Victoria, Australia) and return.   Although those first photos were terrible (blurred and on an angle with no thought about composition), I was addicted, and have been taking photos ever since.

Was it that school train trip that inspired my love of taking photos (recording memories) or was it genetic?  Although I knew that my maternal grandmother was keen on 'taking snaps', I did not realise that she had real talent and had been taking photos since her teens.  It was only after she died in 2006, that I became aware of some of her photo albums.  The earliest of Gran's photos were taken in 1927 when she would have been 17 years old, and continued until her later years.

One of Gran's earliest photos, which was taken with her Box Brownie. 
Gran took many wonderful photos of farm life. 
1927 Edna Pilgrim on Kit, Hazel Pilgrim on Benny with Joker the dog

I have just realised another similarity to my grandmother; I carry my camera around with me often too. 
There are many photos of gran with her box brownie in her hand (which I now own).
Future generations will also see many photos of me with my camera in hand!

There are many wonderful photos in my grandmother's albums, which give a fantastic insight into a different time.  I am not sure now where the below photo came from, but I believe that it came from my Great Aunty Mavis' photo albums. It has always appealed to me and is the background for this blog. I don't know when it was taken or where, but it speaks to me of a different time. It may not be of great quality but look closely as there is so much detail in this photo.  For me, it tells a story, but it also makes me wonder.......

What stories does this photo bring to mind?
What questions arise?
How does it make you feel?

The photo below is another of my favourites.  Look at the size of those horses!  Even the chook in the background is big! Does anyone recognise the hill in the background? Could this be taken on Lloyd Street, Moe?

Mary and Ambrose Walker with grandaughter Phyllis
The horses are Silver and Buzz
Late 1920s or early 1930s
According to the Electoral Roll, they lived at Lloyd Street, Moe, Victoria

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This weeks prompt is "Favorite Photo" but I could not limit it to one!