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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Monday, May 9, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Monday - Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album - Part 13

Sunday came and went and I did not get to post my regular 'Someone's Ancestor Sunday' post due to family commitments for Mothers Day. Therefore I am temporarily creating 'Someone's Ancestor Monday'.  This post is a follow-up to last week's Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Part 12.

Here is another unknown, unnamed photograph from my Great Great Grandmother's (Susan Ellis nee Hehir) photo album. 

Photograph of an unknown man from Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album.
This photograph is a Carte de visite
, c1880s-1890s.
There are no identifying marks on the front or the back of the photograph. 
This Carte de visite is similar in appearance to the one featured in Part 12. For example, the phtoograph is positioned towards the top of the card, and a similar white space of card is showing at the bottom). The photograph in Part 12 was attributed to: 'Carrington Galleries/ Haymarket, George Street / Sydney'. Could this photograph be from the same photographic studios? 
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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album - Part 12

Continuing from last week's Someone's Ancestor Sunday - Part 11, here is another unidentified photograph attributed to Carrington Galleries, Haymarket, Sydney. In contrast to the selection of photographs I have featured recently, this photograph lacks the the Carrington Galleries imprint on the bottom of the card. Instead it has a photographers stamp on the back. Similar to the previous photographs, this was found in my Great Great Grandmother's (Susan Ellis nee Hehir) album. 

Photograph of an unknown young man from Susan Ellis (nee Hehir) Photo Album.
This photograph is a Carte de visite
, c1880s-1890s. There are no identifying marks
on the front of the photograph. 
A photographer's stamp on the back of the card indicates that this photograph was produced by: 'Carrington Galleries./ Haymarket, George Street / Sydney.'
This photograph is attributed to the same studios as the photographs I featured in Parts 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11The young man in this photograph appears to be younger than the men in the other photographs.  He looks like a teenager. I wonder could this be a photograph of one of the men (brothers?) when he was younger? 

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