Saturday, May 23, 2015
This lovely little photo was in the Phelan family's album but I have no idea who the people are but they look like they're having fun
There are a few clues. The two men are wearing the uniform of the AIF, the Australian army. There is a headland on the horizon. The rowboat is made of wood and I can make out the letters X, H and W on the stern. The women are wearing hats with wide brims. It's probable that the photo was taken in England when my husband's grandfather, Roy Phelan, was on leave during World War 1.
I chose this photo in response to Sepia Saturday's theme of 'role reversal' or 'Leap Year' because the women are doing the rowing. There are only two oars visible but hopefully there are four so they don't row in circles.
Monday, May 18, 2015
It must have been a difficult day for Gran's two daughters. Betty (and Doug) and her son Rex were living with Gran in Portland at the time, and Mavis (and Angus) was living half an hour away with me and my four siblings. Rex, John, Kaye and I were all involved in the events and we had been practicing for weeks so, as they say, 'the show must go on'. We had special costumes to wear as well. Here we are outside Gran's house all dressed up ready to go. My young sister Kaye is in the photo above.
But the construction of the wharf in the 1950s and into 1960 was a danger to life and limb! On the library's website there is reference to a film that was made in 2010, in which some of the workers on the project were interviewed. This is a quote:
In January 1961 a ship tied up at the KS Anderson wharf and the loading of bulk oats commenced. The Victorian Oatgrowers and Marketing Co Ltd had been granted exclusive use of the transit shed on the wharf to store the oats. It was the first bulk shipment from a Victorian port.
Source: Final Report of the State Development Committee on the Bulk Handling of Oats and Barley in Victoria, 1963. www.parliament.vic.gov.au/papers/govpub/
|First bulk oats shipment from Portland.|
If you want to see more dangerous situations you could wander over and have a look at other Sepia Saturday blogs posted in response to this Sepia Saturday theme photo.