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
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.

One Response to “What was the Occasion?”

  1. Deb Miller says:

    Maybe photographer is the lady on the right and W. J. Hannaford is taking the photo? (Swapped positions to take the photo) Only a guess.

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