A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, But So Are Diaries!

old diaries

DESCRIPTION: 49 diaries written by Evelyn Phebe Randell (and later when she married, Hannaford)
DATE: they range from 1937 to 2000
CURRENT OWNER OF THE ITEM: Anthea Phillips (nee Hannaford)
STORY/ABOUT: Evelyn Hannaford (nee Randell) was my grandma, and she was an avid diary writer. So to be able to see events through her words is something special. The first one is dated 1937 and she would have been 21 years old, with the last one dated 2000, which was a few years before she died.
While her entries aren’t lengthy, they do tell of places she and the family went, people who visited, and day-to-day life. Then there’s the newspaper cuttings and recipes that she’s stuck in most of them as well. And apart from what’s written in the diaries, those alone help to create a picture of what my grandma was like.
She was always cooking, loved her garden, and scanned the “personals” section of the newspaper everyday.

2 Responses to “A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Words, But So Are Diaries!”

  1. Deb Miller says:

    Amazing collection. It would be a lovely way to be able to remember your Grandmother. I don’t have diaries, but books about different regions my family came from in South Australia. I am quite proud of my collection so far. Mostly second hand books from the “Books and Collectables” website.

  2. What an amazing collection. You are so privileged to be able to read these.

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