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Name Your Own Things – It’s Good for History

three set squares that belonged to my Randell family. From top they were owned by: Ella (Annie) Randell, Restyn Walter 'Pete' Randell, and Evelyn Phebe Randell

three set squares that belonged to my Randell family.
From top they have written on them: E.A. Randell; Restyn Walter Randell, Salem Glen, Pete [something unreadable];  and Evelyn Randell, Grade II, Gumeracha

Randell family set squares

I love the fact that each person has written their own name on theirs

DESCRIPTION: three wooden set squares. One belonged to Ella (Annie) Randell, one belonged to Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell, and the third was Evelyn Phebe Randell’s when she was in Grade 2 at Gumeracha Primary School.
DATE: early 1920s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEMS: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: I found these three set squares in a desk that was crammed full of family memorabilia. While I expected to find photos and letters (which there were), I never expected to find set squares!
One belonged  Evelyn Phebe Randell when she was in Grade 2 at Gumeracha Primary School, she was my grandma.The other two belong to two of her siblings Ella (Annie) Randell, and Restyn Walter ‘Pete’ Randell. Having something physical that you know your ancestor used – and wrote their own name on, is very cool!
So if I’d come across these old set squares and they weren’t named, they wouldn’t have meant anything to me, and probably at some stage would have been thrown out.
So the moral of this little post is simply to NAME your things, as someone somewhere down the line, will then be able to connect that item to you, and it’ll have more meaning.

Egypt – It Doesn’t Look Like that in Postcards



Sphinx Egypt 1941 WWII - front

Sphinx Egypt 1941 WWII - back

Sphinx Egypt 1941 WW2 - front

Sphinx Egypt 1941 WW2 - back

DESCRIPTION: The Sphinx, Cairo, Egypt
DATE: c. 1941
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEMS: Valda Phillips (nee Winter)
STORY/ABOUT:  These two photographs were in the Egypt ‘batch’ of photos taken by Harold Roy Winter (or as he was known in the army, Roy Harold Winter) while there with the 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion
(Note: I really don’t know why the back of that first photo looks white, as it was scanned from the original photo which is more sepia-ish)

Snakes Alive!!

snake charmers a

snake charmers b

DESCRIPTION: snake charmers in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka)
DATE: approx. 1944-1945
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Valda Phillips (nee Winter)
STORY/ABOUT:  This photograph was one in the Borneo ‘batch’ of photos taken by Harold Roy Winter (or as he was known in the army, Roy Harold Winter) while there with the 2/48th Australian Infantry Battalion.

Email in the 1870s

Randell Telegraph 1876

 

DESCRIPTION: This is a telegraph notice from William Beavis Randell to his son, Captain William Richard Randell.
DATE: 16 March 1876
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: As the purple ink isn’t all that readble in the picture I’ll transcribe it here:
To Name: Captn W.R. Randell
To Address in Full: Port Mannum
Date: 16th March 1876
Message: Mr Swaine accompanied by Phebe hopes to visit you by Buss [??] this evening
Signature and full address of Sender: Willm B. Randell, Gumeracha

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