Sunday, May 15, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album - Part 14

This Someone's Ancestor Sunday I will again feature a photograph from my Great Great Grandmother's (Susan Ellis nee Hehir) photo album. This post is a follow up to Part 13 from last Monday. This week's photograph is a bit different. Firstly, this is the first of two tintypes from Susan's album. Secondly, this photograph shows a group of people.
Photograph of a group of unknown men from Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album.
This photograph is a Tintype. It is small, about the size of a Carte de visite
c1880s-1890s.
There are no identifying marks on the front or the back of the photograph.
A few of the men in this group photograph look familiar, as they have featured in previous photographs.
Unknown Man 1 - I believe I have not seen this
man in previous photographs.
Unknown Man 2 - We believe this man is not my Great Grandfather John ELLIS,
but he sure resembles him! (A photograph of John ELLIS can be seen
on my blog banner, third person from the right).
Unknown Man 3 - This man looks very much like the man
who was featured in the photograph from
Carrington Galleries, Haymarket, Sydney, in Part 9.
Unknown Man 4 - This man looks very much like the man
who was featured in the photograph from
Carrington Galleries, Haymarket, Sydney, in Part 11.
Unknown Man 5 - This man looks very much like the man
who was featured in the photograph from
Carrington Galleries, Haymarket, Sydney, in Part 7.
Unknown Man 6 - This man slightly resembles
the man who was featured in the photograph
from W.H. Vosper Photographer, Sydney, in Part 6.
I was going to feature only one photograph per week. However, I have decide I will feature another group photograph, which appears to show a few of these same men above. I believe they could be a group of brothers or cousins. 


The following photograph is one of my favourites from Susan's album. It features a group of railway workers. 
Photograph of a group of unknown men from Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album.
This photograph is a Cabinet Card
c1880s-1890s.
There are no identifying marks on the front or the back of the photograph.
Railways Workers 1 & 2: Sitting in the centre of the railway workers photograph are these men.
The man at the bottom looks like Unknown Man 5 from above who also featured in Part 7.
The young man behind him? I thought he looked a little bit like the young man from Part 8.
Railway Worker 3: Standing at the left of the photograph is this man.
He looks like Unknown Man 1 (as mentioned above). 
Railway Worker 4: Standing at the left of the photograph is this man. He is standing
just to the right of Railway Worker 3 and Railway Worker 3 has
his hand on this young man's shoulder. He looks like Unknown Man 3
(as mentioned above) who also featured in Part 9
Railway Worker 5: This man is standing in the centre of
the photograph, almost in the back row.
He looks like Unknown Man 2 (as mentioned above).
This photograph has given me a few more clues which could help to solve the mystery of the identity of these unknown men from Susan (nee Hehir) Ellis' album. However, I also have a lot more questions to ponder. 
  • These men ( brothers? cousins?) obviously worked on railway construction/maintenance - probably in New South Wales and probably during the late 1880s or early 1890s. 
  • Several of the men had their portrait photographs taken in Sydney. Did they live in Sydney, or were they just visiting? Perhaps they received their pay from the Railways Department and were able to spend it on photographs to send home to their family who lived elsewhere? 
  • Was their surname Hehir/O'Hehir or might that have been their mother's surname? Or am I on the wrong track entirely?
  • Who might have sent these photographs to Susan? Who were these people to her? Whatever the relationship, I certainly believe there was one.
So many questions with no concrete answers as yet. A little more research, a bit of genealogical serendipity, a little help from upstairs, and who knows, I might even find out who these folk were - which would be great. 
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2 comments:

  1. Just for fun ... have you tried loading these pics up to Picasa (Google Pics) and using its face recognition software to see what happens?

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  2. Thanks Rosemary, just catching up on my blog and remembered I hadn't yet replied to your comment. I have Picasa but have not tried the face recognition with these photos yet. I will have to so! Thanks again.

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