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The Man Behind So Much Memorabilia

John Beavis Randell, only son of William Beavis Randell from his 2nd marriage

John Beavis “JB” Randell, was the only child of William Beavis Randell’s 2nd marriage

John Beavis Randell showing the beautiful frame it's in

portrait  photo of John Beavis “JB” Randell showing the beautiful frame it’s in

back of the frame

back of the frame

close up of the McNeill's photo Studio, in Rundle Street, Adelaide label

close up of the McNeill’s photo Studio in Rundle Street, Adelaide label

DESCRIPTION: this is a framed studio portrait photograph of John Beavis “JB” Randell, who was one of my great grandpa’s. Taken at “McNeill’s Photo Studios and Palace of Art Framing” which was in Rundle Street, Adelaide.
DATE: undated, quite likely around 1915-1918, when he would have been in his late 30s, early 40s
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Anthea Phillips (nee Hannaford)
STORY/ABOUT: My great grandpa did a lot. He was not only a farmer and orchardist in the Gumeracha region of the Adelaide Hills, he was also a State parliamentarian, he was involved with the Fruit Growers Association of SA, and the South Australia Baptist Union. He was a lay preacher and lay pastor at Birdwood, and taught himself shorthand, homeopathy, piano more.

A Moment in my Great Great Grandparents Life

Ebenezer Sinkinson & his wife Lydia

Ebenezer Sinkinson & his wife Lydiaed

DESCRIPTION: a photograph of  ‘Grandma and Grandpa Sinkinson’. As it was my grandma Evelyn Hannaford (nee Randell) who wrote that on the photo, that would make these people my great great grandparents Ebenezer Sinkinson, and his wife Lydia Amelia Sinkinson (nee Bays)
DATE: undated, but probably around 1900, as Ebenezer would have been 50, and Lydia 49
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  I’m breaking my own rule “it must be an original to be listed” with this photograph, as this is a copy, but it was such a striking photo that I needed to share it. It’s not a posed portrait, but simply a moment in their life, standing outside what is presumably their home, with the horse, cart and dog nearby. It’s gorgeous. And to have a casual photo like this from back then is rather unusual.
This photo was in my grandma’s photograph album, with nothing other than the little inscription of “Grandma and Grandpa Sinkinson” written on it. So unfortunately I don’t know where it came from. Knowing that the Sinkinson’s lived at Mount Torrens, South Australia for many years, the house in the photograph may be that one, but I don’t know as I’ve not researched my Sinkinson family yet.
If anyone has further details on when and where this photo was taken – I’d love to know.

Dear Min, …
Messages from 107 Years Ago

postcard showing the Gumeracha Bridge, dated 8thOctober 1906

postcard showing the Gumeracha Bridge, dated 8th October 1906

the back of the Gumeracha Bridge postcard ... Addressed to Miss M[in] Norsworthy at Gumeracha, from Ethel

the back of the Gumeracha Bridge postcard … Addressed to Miss M[in] Norsworthy at Gumeracha, from Ethel

I've turn the back upside down so you can read the little message that Ethel wrote to Min

Gumeracha Bridge postcard – I’ve turned the back upsidedown so you can read the little message that Ethel wrote

a postcard showing the Gumeracha Mail Coach going down the main street, dated 28th November 1906

a postcard showing the Gumeracha Mail Coach going down the main street, dated 28th November 1906

the back of the Mail Coach postcard from Ethel to Miss M. Norsworthy dated 29th November 1906

the back of the Mail Coach postcard from Ethel to Miss M. Norsworthy dated 28th November 1906

Mail Coach postcard turned upsidedown so you can read the message Ethel wrote to Min

Mail Coach postcard turned upsidedown so you can read the message Ethel wrote to Min

DESCRIPTION: two old postcards showing views of the town of Gumeracha, South Australia sent from Ethel, to Miss Minnie Norsworthy at Gumeracha
DATE: the first is dated 8th October 1906, the second 28th November 1906
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  To be honest I don’t know the story of these items, but I have found out that Minnie Norsworthy was the 3rd wife of John Hannaford, so that’s the family connection.

It’s All Squiggles To Me

Pitman's Shorthand or Phonography books

four different volumes of Pitman’s Shorthand or Phonography books that belonged to John Beavis Randell

a page in one of the Pitman's Shorthand or Phonography books

a page in one of the Pitman’s Shorthand or Phonography books
I have no idea how anyone can actually read this stuff!

inscription J.B. Randell

inscription J.B. Randell, Salem Glen, Gumeracha 1898

DESCRIPTION: Four volumes of ”Pitman’s Shorthand of Phonography” books
DATE: the books were produced in 1893, 1894, 1895 and 1896, John dated one of his books 1898
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  These books belonged to John Beavis Randell (my great grandpa), and youngest son of William Beavis Randell who founded Gumeracha.
John taught himself shorthand but was said to have added his own style to it, so when he wrote his sermons in it, no one could read them. 😉

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