American sailors come to town!

Week 2 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: FAVOURITE PHOTO One of my favourite photos is this sepia image of as yet unidentified sailors from the U.S. navy. The photo was taken in Lismore, New South Wales on 31 July 1925 during the young men’s visit to the town. It was sent to my 15 year…

The Ugly Sisters of Lismore Base Hospital

Week 41 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: CONTEXT Most of us have really interesting, sometimes strange, family photos that really need a context or an explanation in order to make sense of them . Two photos that include Allan Harris, my rugby league loving grandfather dressed up as a most unattractive nurse, fall into this…

Family photo Friday – A study in sepia

Week 8 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: FAMILY PHOTO . Today’s photo is a 1920s studio portrait of my grandfather William Henry Allan Harris (i906-1985), his sister Iris Edna Harris (1910-1998) and his brother Herbert Erroll Harris (1908-1996). The subjects are the three children of my paternal great grandparents, Herbert John Harris (1881-1977) and Mary…

Trove Tuesday – The namesake

Week 23 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: NAMESAKE I think that most of us have wondered where on earth our parents found our first names and why they gave them to us, particularly if the name isn’t a traditional family name. Why Brian Roger Harris? Where did the Brian and the Roger come from? Was…

Red Gold

Week 35 OF 52 ANCESTORS CHALLENGE PROMPT: AT WORK …they were splendid men, hard workers, hard drinkers and hard swearers. But they held their own life cheap if a comrade was in danger, and they would share their last pint of flour or pipe of tobacco with a clansman of the scrub” Cornstalks, ‘SPLENDID MEN’,…