Following on from last week’s Trove Tuesday post, my Trove search has turned to “Happy New Year.” Like Christmas, there were the cards home from the boys overseas but with little choice in specialised “New Year” cards, postcards or family photographs were popular for sending “New Year” greetings.
The following postcard is from a solider in England to his wife at home.
Added to the following postcard of Healesville, was “Compliments of the Season 1/1/1906.” Written on the back was “Miss M. Prisk, Windermere St. Ballarat. A Happy New Year. 1/1/1906.” I couldn’t help myself. I checked the Electoral Roll and found Miss Margaret Prisk living with her family at 503 Windemere Street South, Ballarat. Around 81 years later, I was living one block down and a street over from the 500 block of Windemere Street. Margaret and her mother Bertha eventually moved to Richmond. When I have time, I will follow her up a little further.
The following photo, sent around 1905, had written on the back – “To grandmother with love from “Jack & Jill” aged 7 months.” It looks like Jack and Jill’s mother had her hands full.
It wasn’t the only time Jack and Jill were the subjects of the a “New Year’s” photo. Just a few years later they were back at the photographers and written on the photo was “To dear Vera wishing you all a happy new year.”
Happy New Year everyone.