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What was the Occasion?

Ralph Gould Hannaford with his stepmum and siblings 1904

DESCRIPTION: this is a most-of-the-family photo of William John Hannaford’s family.
Although the photo is not named, they are believed to be L-R: Merrywyn (sitting on rock), Mary (nee Henderson) (2nd wife of W.J. Hannaford), Cecil (or Dudley?), Elliott (behind the bush), Bera (front), Dudley (or Cecil?), Ralph and unknown woman.
DATE: 1904
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: Ralph Hannaford the boy closest to the right is my great grandpa (at age 14), and he’s here with most of his siblings, and stepmum Mary Rebecca Ballantyne Henderson.
This photo creates a lot of queries. Like what was the occasion that they dressed up for? And where was it taken? And where was William John Hannaford? And who is the lady on the righthand side?
Anyway I’m breaking my rule about only posting “original images” with this one, as it’s a copy that my dad obtained many, many years ago, from a distant family member in the hope of getting some answers.

Time for a New Car …

receipt - Claude Black Motors car sale 1968

DESCRIPTION: a receipt from Claude Black Motors at Lobethal, showing that H.R. ‘Ron’ Phillips traded in on a 1957 Pontiac Sedan, and bought a new 1967 Ford Falcon XR Sedan
DATE: 4th July 1968
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: H.R. ‘Ron’ Phillips was my grandpa, but I don’t remember either of these vehicles as they were before my time. I do however remember him having several later Ford Falcons (one was blue, the other green), and it wouldn’t surprise me if he also bought them from Claude Blacks as well.
I went looking to see if I could work out how much $2342 from 1968 was worth today (2014), and according to Wiki Answers it comes in at $15597, though I’m pretty sure that’s US dollars, but I guess it’s a rough guide.

A Girl’s Got to Shop!!

receipt from the F, Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg dated 1 September 1893

receipt from the F, Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg dated 1 September 1893

receipt from the F, Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg dated 13 September 1893

receipt from the F, Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg dated 13 September 1893

DESCRIPTION: two receipts from the F. Pflaum & Co. millers at Blumberg (now Birdwood) to Phebe Randell (nee Robbins)
DATE: September 1893
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT: I found these receipts in a tin full of all sorts of paperwork from Phebe Randell (nee Robbins) who was my great great grandma. In perfect condition you wouldn’t know that these are about 120 years old!! And no doubt these would have the usual items on the shopping list for the era … bran, wheat, chaff etc.

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