Saturday, 10 October 2015

Sepia Saturday No. 300


Although postmortem photos are creepy as hell, I so wish I had some.  Unfortunately I don't, so prompted by the family photo I decided to look at family portraits, parents and their children.

 Family Portraits

 Left to right:- George William Breadmore, Elizabeth Susan Johnston, Alice Maud Breadmore and Mary Breadmore (nee Bunston).  Photo taken c 1886

George Breadmore married Mary Bunston on June 24 1879.  George had been married twice before, his first being Mary Tarr and the second Alicia Phillips.  Mary also was married previously, to Jacob Walters (aka William Johnston).  Elizabeth is the daughter of Mary and her first husband, while Alice is the only child from this union. George had two children with his first wife before her death in 1848 and then nine with his second until her death in 1871.  Nine children also came from Mary's first marriage, with Elizabeth being the youngest.  Between the two of them they had a total of 21 children!

Elizabeth was born in 1874.  She married Frederick Harvey Smith in 1906.  Frederick worked as a painter. Elizabeth died in 1934.

Alice was born on September 20 1880.  She married Ernest Edwin Warren in 1901.  Ernest was born in 1882.  Ernest worked for the Victorian railways.  They had six children together.  Ernest died in 1951 and Alice died nine years later in 1860.


Left to right:- John Thompson Bunston, Roy Walter Bunston, Elizabeth "Bessie" Bunston (nee Kellett) and George Clive Skipton Bunston.  Photo taken c 1898

John was born in Skipton on Jan 10 1867.  He was the second child of George and Elizabeth Bunston (nee Thompson).  Bessie was also born in 1867, in Lysterfield.  She was the eldest child of John and Isabella Kellett (nee Thompson).  John and his wife were cousins, with their mothers being sisters.  John worked as a foreman and he lived in North Carlton with his family.  John died in 1926, not long after the below photo was taken.  Bessie died in 1952.

Left to right:- Roy, John, Elizabeth, George, Annie.  Photo taken c 1925

 Son George was born on Carlton on Feb 12 1893.  He served in the AIF in WWI, joining in 1917.  In 1919 he married Annie Jenkins on the Isle of Scilly.  They returned to Australia and went on to have four children.  George died in Melbourne in 1945.  Annie died in 1983.

Younger son Roy was born in 1895, also in Carlton.  He also served in the AIF, enlisting a year before his older brother.  He married Irene Myrtle Cone.  Together they had one daughter.  Roy died in Fitzroy in 1961 and Irene died in 1987.


Left to right: Mary Feargrieve Park (nee Thompson); Elsie Park and Josiah McNickle Park.  Photo taken c 1894

Mary was born in Berwick, Scotland on March 16 1850.  She was the younger sister of Elizabeth and Isabella Thompson (mentioned above).  She came to Australia at the age of 2 with her family.  She married Josiah Park in February 1867.  Josiah was born in Tyrone, Northern Ireland on June 14 1836.  Josiah worked as a blacksmith in Lake Bolac, Victoria. They had 12 children together.  Josiah died in 1928 and Mary in 1936.  They are buried together in Lake Bolac.

Elsie was the 11th of the 12 children.  She was born in Lake Bolac in 1892.  Elsie married Mr Richardson.  She died in Lake Bolac in 1962.


The Nash Family, Left to right:- George Edward; Matilda (nee Whatley); Percy Victor; Matilda; James William; Selena; Ethel Florence and Beatrice Annie.  Photo taken c.1903

James was born on March 18 1854 in Freshford, Somerset.  He worked as a gardener.  In 1883 he married Matilda Whatley who was born in Oxford on February 9 1861.  Together James and Matilda had eight children and the family lived in Limpley Stoke.  James died on February 2 1914.  In later years, Matilda was known around Limpley Stoke as Granny Nash.  She died on November 10 1956.

George was born on November 7 1884 in Freshford.  Like his father, George worked as a gardener.  He married Cynthia Daisy Edwards Ashman in 1906.  Cynthia was born on October 9 1887.  They had two daughters together.  George died in Limpley Stoke on August 6 1957.  Cynthia also died here on June 1 1970.

Matilda "Till" was born in Bath on January 9 1899.  She married William Sheppard on August 6 1938 in Trowbridge.  William was born on January 2 1890.  He died on September 24 1950.  Till died in Bath in 1976. 

Selina "Doll" was born in Bath in 1896.  She married Ernest Halbrook on May 30 1925.  Ernie was born on November 13 1894.  They had one son together.  Ernie died in Bath on November 28 1951.  Doll died in Trowbridge in 1967.

Ethel was born in 1890 in Bradford-On-Avon.  She married Reginald Richard Skirton on January 24 1911. Reginald was born in Bath in the late 1880's.  Ethel died on December 4 1962 in Bath.  Reg died less than a year later, also in Bath on May 10 1963.

Beatrice was born in Freshford in 1887.  She married Jack Hawkins on June 5 1911.  Jack was born on October 24 1885.  They had three children together.  Beatrice died in Wales in 1947.  Jack died on June 30 1970. 



  1. You have an interesting collection of family portraits.

  2. Great photos. I love the one where the adult and children's heads are together and Beatrice Ann's dress with the beautiful folds and full sleeves.

  3. My favorite portrait is of the Nash family. Such a handsome group! The name Kellett caught my attention for a moment. My great grandmother married a man named Kellstrom. But that wasn't Kellet. So what was jogging my memeory? Ah, yes - Kellet was the name of the people who owned and ran my favorite resort at my beloved Lake Tahoe for so many years until they gave the place over to the state.

  4. The first two photographs are particularly intriguing. The subjects look as though they listening attentively to some vital information beyond whatever instructions they were getting from the photographer.

  5. I just looked at a different sepia saturday post today and the people in that one were also looking off to the side. Except for one little girl looking straight at us. Maybe it was a "thing" back then.

  6. You have some lovely family portraits. I have very few, and the ones I have have usually been shared with me by other family members. Unfortunately some people don't seem to want to communicate, let alone share anything, which is sad considering they all come from the same ancestors if you go back far enough in the tree.

    1. I have been very lucky in obtaining my photos. My great grandfather was a hoarder (like me) when it came to all things historical. After my grandfather passed away the family made me the guardian. 15 years ago I compiled a book about one of the branches in our tree and I was put in touch with many distant relatives who were happy to share their treasured pictures.

      The way I see it, the more people who have copies, the less chance of the photos vanishing.

  7. I'm just a wee bit envious of all the family portraits you have. They are all so clear. And it's even better that you can identify everyone in them. It's also fun that you have two photos of the Thompsons, one when the children were young and then as adults. Thanks for sharing these treasures with us.

  8. Nancy stole my thoughts! Your family portraits are lovely. I have some but most are not professional studio portraits.

  9. There are a lot of details to pore over in this fine collection.

  10. thanks every one for the nice comments

  11. Roy and George in the second photo remind me of the painting of the Little Princes were killed in the Tower. There's a sweetness to them that's quite nice.