Friday, May 24, 2013

Sepia Saturday: A lady with style


This week's Sepia Saturday theme is human faces. I'm posting just one photo this week. I love the strength in Grace's face and she seems very self-assured, and confident in her dress style.

Grace Leed
Great-great aunt Grace Leed was born 1860 on the goldfields of Specimen Hill near Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia. Her father was Robert Leed and her mother Helen Jackson The family moved to Eaglehawk, a gold mining town, when she was about four years old. Her father worked as an engineer in a stamping battery. Three of her siblings died as children, six survived to adulthood, and both her parents died before she turned thirty.

She married John McKenzie in 1881 and then Robert McKay in 1907 and died 1915 in Caulfield, Victoria. She had no children but cared for nieces and nephews at various times, in particular the two young sons of her brother David when he was widowed (until he remarried).

11 comments:

  1. She does look very self assured and confident. Also very well dressed for the time.

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  2. She seems to be looking forward to the future and ready to march into it.

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  3. Very stylish indeed, this is a very unusual dress style for those times. I don't think I've seen one quite like it.

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  4. So sad. Seems Grace was a lonely person, with everyone dying so young.
    Nancy

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  5. Quite a striking woman, your great-aunt Grace, and someone not to be trifled with, I feel. Great photo.

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  6. She looks very stylish with the "big hair." I bet that dress was very pretty too.

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  7. She looks self assured and stylish, I could see her as a mistress at a girls school.

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  8. She's quite lovely; I worry, though, about that pin (or whatever it is) sticking through her buttonhole!

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  9. I can see why you called her a lady with style. An impressive woman, to be sure.

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  10. It's a great photograph and, yes, there is a strength there. What a life she must have seen.

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  11. Her posture certainly gives her an air of confidence. I wondered about that pin in the bodice of her dress too. It kind of looks like a ribbon on the end, but I really can't tell what it is. It seems a bit out of place with her dress and other accessories.

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Lorraine