With Portland celebrating its 180th birthday tomorrow (November 19), my Trove Tuesday post this week is an article published in the Portland Guardian of October 15, 1934 prior to that year’s centenary celebrations. Superintendent Clugston of the police department offered some timely advice for those attending the week-long celebration. My favourite “don’ts” are “Don’t hurry or rush about”, “Don’t drive your car or other vehicle in a careless or improper manner and extend courtesy and consideration for all other road users” and “Don’t Guess”.
Table Talk (1885-1939) at Trove is a must for those who enjoy period fashion. Having some knowledge of fashion trends through the decades is invaluable when it comes to dating family photos. So with that, it’s time for a Trove Tuesday Fashion Quiz. I found the following competition in 1930 editions of Table Talk. Over six weeks, readers could enter the weekly competition and vie for two guineas if their correct entry was drawn.
I have chosen the photos from weeks five and six simply because the copy of the photos were best in those weeks. See if you can guess the years each of the dresses were from. The date range is 1900 to 1930. You will find the weekly solution underneath the photos.
This is the entry form included for week six of the competition.
How did you go? Why not test yourself on the dresses from weeks one to four listed below:
The postponement of the 1916 Melbourne Cup due to days of heavy rain that deteriorated the state of the track upset the plans of racegoers taking advantage of a public holiday to attend the great race.
But it was the caterers who suffered the most having prepared much of their food in the days prior.
The first article, from The Brisbane Courier, stated the 1916 postponement was the first in the Cup’s history. But it wasn’t as in 1870 the race was postponed, again due to rain.
The 1916 Melbourne Cup was eventually run on Saturday November 11 and the winner was Sasanof.
It’s Trove Tuesday and this is my first TT post since June. I’ve been looking forward to sharing this little find from The Australian Worker (Sydney) . After coming across these two articles I must say I laughed about their contents for days and all because a typesetter used an “m” instead of a “p.”
The first excerpt is a letter written to the “Children’s Letters” column by my 2nd cousin 3 x removed, Iris Olive Harman of South Ecklin. Iris was the daughter of Arthur John Harman and Ellen “Nellie” Matilda Rodgers and was born in 1900 at Cobden, She was 16 or 17 when she wrote her letter. Her grandfather was Jonathan Harman of Byaduk. She had three older brothers who she mentioned in her letter, Arthur Ernest, Frederick Reginald and Edward George. They were around 20, 24 and 26 in 1918 and all unmarried. Iris’ father had moved to Byaduk to live with his father Jonathan four years earlier and I’m still yet to discover what happened to his and Nellie’s marriage.
Iris was a religious girl from a Methodist background but as an adult she was a member of the Seventh-Day Adventist church and taught bible studies in the churches’ Sabbath schools. Iris was a spinster until at least the 1954 Electoral Roll and although some researchers have her married after that time, I am yet to confirm it myself.
Knowing that information about Iris, you too will be as shocked (and no doubt amused) as I was when I read her letter:
Oh dear, the scandal. A young christian girl was in search of “men friends.”
It took three months, but finally an explanation was forthcoming:
While I amused myself for days after, relaying the story to anyone who pretended to listen, I must consider the shame such a tiny slip caused as implied in the newspaper’s apology. In the years following, Nellie, Iris and brother Frederick packed up and left for Warrnambool for no apparent reason. Now having found these articles, I’m wondering if the shame brought to the family may have prompted the move.
Well it’s Tuesday and that could only mean one thing…Trove Tuesday. It’s been too long. I’ve read a lot of the Table Talk newspaper lately, a recent addition to the wonderful collection of Trove Digitised Newspapers. Because Table Talk (1885-1939) was a social newspaper, I have enjoyed the comings and goings of Western District folk from those times, spending their holidays with friends or living it up in the “big smoke” as guests of Melbourne’s best hotels. Alas, my Western District families were not in the same class of people who graced the social pages, but I still enjoy the photos of those from a higher station in life enjoying tennis and golf tournaments and fox hunts all in the finest fashions.
One feature of Table Talk is wedding photos. I have found several Hamilton brides, and have admired their beautiful gowns and bridesmaids’ dresses while following the changing trends in wedding attire. One particular photo caught my eye, mainly because I didn’t recognise the Hamilton family names as those that regularly graced the Table Talk pages. It was from the marriage of Caleb Shang and Annie Kassene , celebrated at the home of Mr J. Quing Yen of Brown Street, Hamilton. The bridal party consisted of members of the Shang, Kassene and Quing Yen families.
I searched Trove for Caleb Shang and was immediately met with headlines of “War Hero”. I then Googled his name and there were entries from the Australian Dictionary of Biography , Wikipedia, the Australian War Memorial and various newspaper articles. I checked with those sites and the same Caleb Shang married Annie Kassene, but considering Caleb was from Cairns, I was left wondering why he was in Hamilton?
As it turns out, Caleb served with the 47th Battalion during WW1 and after a battle at Messines Ridge in 1916, he received a Distinguished Conduct Medal(DCM). In 1918, while still with the 47th, his brave actions at the Somme saw him awarded a Military Medal and a bar was added to his DCM , thus becoming the highest decorated Australian soldier of Chinese descent. In August 1918, he was shot in the leg and returned to Australia where he was given a hero’s welcome by the people of Cairns.
Sometime after his return, Caleb worked as a herbalist and moved to Victoria to practice. To be precise, he moved to Hamilton, joining another herbalist John Quing Yen who married Maud Elizabeth Wah Shang in Queensland in 1910. Presumably Maud was Caleb’s sister. As a herbalist, Caleb not only serviced the people of Hamilton but also travelled to Mt Gambier offering consultations at a local boarding house, as seen in this advertisement from the Border Watch of September 22, 1922, eight months before his marriage.
After the wedding, Caleb and Annie did not remain in Hamilton long, returning to Cairns. After a long illness, Caleb passed away in 1953.
I thought it necessary to find out a little about the bride Anna (Annie) Louise Kassene, born at Hamilton in 1900. She was the daughter of bootmaker Gustav Kassene and Hulda Grambau of Hochkirch (Tarrington). Hulda died in 1901 after the birth of her third child at barely 20 years of age and Gustav died in 1915. The two Kassene men in the wedding photo are possibly Annie’s two siblings. Annie died in Cairns in 1955.
After 82 consecutive Trove Tuesday posts, I’ve missed one. Yes, I just couldn’t get a post prepared this week and I’m a bit sad that it has come to an end. I really was hoping to get to 100 without a break. Now that I have broken the succession, it is a good time to say that I will have a short break from Trove Tuesday.
With a lot going on in my life including a rapidly approaching due date for my thesis , I need to take a break. I will still have a March Passing of the Pioneers post (hopefully in time) and will of course post for the Anzac Day Blog Challenge, which I just can’t miss. In the meantime, if I get a chance to post I will, but I’m not making any promises.
For Trove Tuesday this week, I intended to share some feedback from my post a few Tuesdays back called “Dear Cinderella”. It is always a bit nerve-racking when I write about someone, not related to me who people may remember. I did it when I wrote about Lottie Condon, Sultan Aziz, Elsie Day and again when I wrote about the owners of Skipton, the 1941 Melbourne Cup winner. I heard from family members of each of those people, which is great and, thankfully, the responses were positive.
I was lucky enough to receive an email and a blog comment from the granddaughters of Nicholas Dix, Paula and Dallas. Nicholas was one of the many children that wrote to the Leader Newspaper’s “Dear Cinderella” column. His description of his farm life in the Western District gives those researching the area a great record of daily life during that time, but for Paula and Dallas it provides a wonderful piece of family history. His granddaughters on finding my post were “thrilled” to have this reminder of their much loved grandfather who passed away over 30 years ago.
I may have found the article, but it is the work of those at Trove Australia, bringing us the great resource of digitised newspapers, that led to Nicholas’ letter coming to light. Without the digitisation program, the letter may have remained buried in an archive, possibly to be never read again. My aim with many of my Trove Tuesday posts, is to find such lost treasures and bring them out for all to read. If you would like to read my previous 82 Trove Tuesday posts until I resume them again, follow the link – Trove Tuesday. In the meantime, I hope that other bloggers continue the Trove Tuesday tradition of sharing Trove’s treasures.