A former Melbourne newspaper Table Talk (1885-1939), a weekly social publication, had its release online at Trove at few months ago. It quickly went on my list of favourite newspapers for the photos, the fashion and the insight into the social life of Victorians, particularly the upper classes. There was no need for Facebook in those days. Socialites just had to share their status with Table Talk and friends could read with envy of trips to London, extended stays in fine Melbourne hotels or a day at the local fox hunt.
In a Trove Tuesday post in June, I lamented that I had been unable to find any family members in Table Talk. I dug a little deeper and finally I found a photo of a 2nd cousin 2 x removed, Pauline Florence Marchant.
Pauline was the daughter of Percival “Percy” John Marchant and Elsie Annie Hughes of Geelong. On her paternal side, Pauline was a granddaughter of Samuel Thomas Marchant, a well-known optician from Geelong and later Melbourne, and Emily Jane Entwistle. On her maternal side, she was the granddaughter of Frederick Charles Hughes and my ggg Aunt Martha Harman of Hamilton. Pauline was photographed at St Claire, her families’ residence near the Geelong Botanical Gardens. St Claire is a lovely home and still stands today. Pauline’s father Percy was also an optician as was her maternal uncle Russell Hughes of Hamilton.
Table Talk is full of Western District people so check it out.