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Minnie Northworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

Minnie Norsworthy's birthday book

DESCRIPTION: a small black leather covered birthday book that was given to Amelia “Minnie” Norsworthy (who later married a Hannaford) from her sister
DATE: 25 December 1900
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Alan Phillips
STORY/ABOUT:  This small birthday book is amazing. It mostly contains the names of when peoples’ birthday was (as you’d expect) but there are also a few names noted on dates of when someone died, or another other event happened. Also there’s is also a vast array of handwriting styles, which makes me wonder if at some stage she didn’t get people to write their own details in.
Reading through page by page I recognise so many of the surnames as being early residents of the Gumeracha region. There’s Norsworthy’s (or course), and then there’s also Hannaford, Manning, Taylor, Bond, Kelly, Poole, Huppatz, Pitt, McNicol, Cornish, Bray, Dohnt, Videon, Hanna, Dobson, Lee and Neumann just to name a few.
Listing 3 days to a page, there is a bible verse and space to write names next to each day. Some entries have a date in it like ’32  written next to someone’s name (meaning 1832 was when someone was born). There are also other dated in the 1920s and 1930s, so I would say that this book has been handed down and used for a number of years, which is no doubt why it is totally falling to bits now.

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.

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