Horse Drawn Vehicles

Two farmers stop to have an ‘animated discussion’ about wheat yields or some such thing – Emanuel Penny had a large horse team to get his bagged wheat to the depot from his property near Minyip, Vic.Emanuel's team2I’ve featured the honeymoon couple in this charabanc driving up Mt Wellington in Tasmania in an earlier post. mt-wellington-rideBut why this out house was being driven along a street in Minyip is anyone’s guess but would have been sure to provoke some animated discussion with anyone who noted it passing byMinyip procession 1936Sometimes there were no animals – just the cart being used to pose a family group. Persons in this photo have never been clearly identified but they would all have a connection to the Penny family in the Wimmera. Obviously the families had gathered for a special occasion and the children had been sent out to play when some one took this lovely photo of them all.Penny cousins abt 1913More interpretations on this theme will be found atSS horse drawn cart

Sepia Saturday 27th Sep 2014 Motor bikes

In the fifties my husband as a student in Melbourne, Vic bought himself a second hand Lambretta and paid 90 pounds for it. Obviously I was more interested in the lad than the scooter when I took this photo.KPand of course we have been reminiscing about the fun we had on this scooter and pondering which model it was. The nearest we could find was this advertisement in a paper in 1951.1951 Ad in Australia-page-0

Thirty years later our son who was also a student  at the same university in Melbourne travelled the highway between Geelong and Melbourne on this Kawasaki, well loaded with cricket gear and trumpet.SPWhen our daughter joined him up there sometimes she got a ride too. Here their departure is being supervised by our Beagle cross Katie. Katie’s ability to recognize the throb of this motor always amazed us – 10 or 15 minutes before Stephen would roll into the drive on his bike she would be sitting at the door waiting for him.S & SPAnd here they are almost twenty years earlier having a practice on an unidentified bike belonging to a visiting cousin. Larraine's scooter June 67Now choose your preferred method to scoot on over to Sepia Saturday to view other interpretations of the themeSS

Sepia Saturday Tents 20th Sep 2014

Forty-five years ago Santa brought a play tent for the children. Here the sheriff defends his lady who quite appropriately is managing the domestic affairs.Play TentA few years later we borrowed a tent for the summer holidays and headed to Cumberland River, 150 km SW of Melbourne, Vic, on the Great Ocean Rd. an ideal place to holiday with children (and a dog) no settlement of any kind we had the run of a surf beach, small stream and a tracks in the forested hills behind us, complete with glow worm cave. For the car buffs our vehicle was an HR Holden.Tent borrowed Jan 73The next year we had our own tent, we were ahead of our time as we wanted rooms in it, so we had it made from heavy duty canvas.Tent 1 Affectionately known as the Taj, it was 18ft x 12ft with a 6×6 ft attached annexe – here was housed the ice box – a 2 door wooden cupboard – the ice went in the top section, the food went below. Every 3 days we needed to drive to the nearest town (Lorne) to buy more ice.IceBox2 Inside the tent was divided into three sections with hanging curtains that I made, girls slept one end, we slept the other and there was cooking/eating section in the centre. there were two centre poles. On one better forgotten day we arrived only to discover these two poles had not been packed!!

Some years later when we were just Darby and Joan we downsized to this frame tent. which we gave a try out in a civilized environment  The car is another Holden – VL CommodoreTent 2

We spent our 30th Wedding Anniversary touring Tasmania.

Tent 2_2And then we decided to do some serious off road touring and needed something smaller so went to a centre pole only model – after a trial run in the mountains of North East Victoria we did an East West crossing of the Continent- Byron Bay in NSW  to Steep Point. in WA. It took four weeks and we travelled in a Jeep Cherokee. Tent 3On the banks of the Hardy River near Paraburdoo, Western Australia.

And then the ageing process hit us and arthritic knees and bodies that didn’t enjoy sleeping on the ground decided us to go caravanning instead.

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Sepia Saturday 13th September 2014 – Drinking

My photo this week comes from the family albums dated 1964.

Three ‘men’ share some drinking time together – my father, my husband and our son, who would have been not quite 2 years old when this photo was taken. Dad, Stephen and KP drinkingLittle boys always want to be like Daddy or Grandpa – happily he is not also clutching a cigarette! Today of course it would be called bonding. The observant (or maybe those of a certain age) among you might have noted he is drinking from a Tupperware glass which came in several pastel shades.  I wonder what I was drinking – Pimms and lemonade maybe or some white wine called Est, or maybe some Barossa Pearl?  No whisky in this photo though – I don’t like it so my husband doesn’t have to share, but then I don’t have to share my bubbly either.

Drinking was only one aspect of this week’s theme so by entering below you may find someone not drinking at all, but lurking or posing  SS Sep 13th Drinking

Sepia Saturday Entertainers September 6th 2014

Phil Craine was not itinerant, but he was an entertainer. His older daughter Florence remembered him as having a keen interest in amateur theatricals and brass bands — he could sing and dance, and excelled in Swiss Yodelling and Russian dancing – a strange mix for a man born to Manx parents in a small country town.

With his face all darkened what he was preparing to present in the costume in this first photo is anyone’s guessRasawatte Tea CraineRasawatte Tea Tins found in Google images. Shame I don’t still have a tin to go with the image as these are very hard to come by and are well sought after by collectors.Rasawatte Tea tins

He regularly wrote and performed at local events, and here is one example of this. (Click to enlarge)Item-page-0 Item_2-page-0I think this might be the original

And this is the Aunt Sally of Phil’s songAunt Sally-page-0

He encouraged his daughter to entertain too, here at about age 10 she is preparing to show off the tricks that a pet dog can achieve. There was probably a patient audience of family members readying to watch this performance. The dog doesn’t look too excited about it, and the baby Ira looks exceedingly glum. Is that Grandpa’s mouth organ I wonder he has in his hand? I’ve always thought the backdrop in this photo looked quite exotic, somebody’s Sarong perhaps.

Florence and dog tricksFlorence went on to become a primary School Teacher and produced many a school concert. When we finally cleared out the old home, out in the former laundry were boxes and boxes of costumes she would have designed and spent a fair amount of time assembling, along with a willing band of mothers.

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Sepia Saturday August 30th 2014 – Escaping

Ira Gelling Craine (known Paddy) escaped a few times in his life, sometimes when he was in the army during WW1 and there were several occasions when he went AWOL. He was of course punished for these excursions. This is just one example from his war records – on this occasion he was detained for 11 days, forfeited 11 days pay – which brought his total loss of pay to 22 daysPaddy AWOL

But later in life he escaped again, he escaped from the constraints of society and built himself a humpy* in the bush. The only punishment on this occasion was self imposed as he deprived himself of the comforts of living in a house.Paddy's houseHere he was able to indulge his hobby of mining. Paddy's mine

As well as having sunk this shaft he sometimes would pan for gold as well.Paddy panningHe was not always alone – it would seem that friends occasionally dropped in to visit – but don’t seem to have been offered a seat. Paddy with visitorSadly Paddy had another way of escaping – he liked a drink or three, and when under the weather he would cause some embarrassment to his family.  While on leave  during his war service years (or maybe AWOL) he arrived unannounced at a cousin’s house in the home country of his parents, the Isle of Man, and soon found he could walk to many of the local hostelries. In Australia he worked on the railways, and when near Minyip the home town of his brother Phillip, he would drop in to stay. His grand daughter Florence recalled these occasions as causing some grief to her mother, but “we kids always thought he was wonderful.” He certainly looks very contented in these photographs.

War Service Record courtesy of National Archives of Australia

Photos courtesy of the Linton Historical Society, Victoria

*Humpy – originally a word to describe a temporary dwelling built by the aborigines, but now in common use for a make do, temporary home.

There are other tales of escaping or running away to be found  at Sepia SaturdayRunning away

Sepia Saturday August 23rd 2014 National Dress

Of all our ancestors it seems the Scottish traditions have lasted the longest. Even today in Australia there are Highland Gatherings all around the country where events such as caber tossing and tug of war still take place, as well as traditional dance competitions, and of course lots of bagpipe music.

Allan Boyd, the first Chieftain of the Caledonian society in Minyip was born in Scotland in 1851, but emigrated so young he would have no memory of it. Here he is photographed with his sons John Alexander and WilliamAllna Boyd & sons

Another son Malcolm was photographed separately
Boyd Malcolm son of Alan

Allan’s sons  had a reputation as fine pipers and were often called on to play at weddings.

They all were members of the Minyip Pipe Band

Minyip Pipe Band 1

 and look as though they are having a very jolly time in this photo IMG_0014The first Highland Gathering was held in Minyip in 1906. This photo is of the gathering the next year.Minyip Highland Gathering 1907

Allan’s daughter’s Elizabeth Jane and Selina also donned traditional dress for festive occasions.Eliz Jane Boyd 1908 Selina BoydIn the other branch of the family the next generation of children were also being dressed in kilts and all the trimmings. Brothers George Roy & Henry Murdoch Penny abt 1912George Roy & Henry Murdoch Penny

and their cousin Barbara Cowan in 1907Barbara Cowan

And Allan Boyd’s great grand daughter was still carrying on the tradition into the 1950’s, over 100 years after he emigrated from Scotland.Shelley

I may have gone out on limb here with my photos of National Dress you will probably find more intriguing Fan Tales on the Sepia Saturday site at SS Aug 23

Sepia Saturday August 16th 2014 Letter Writing

In 1934 Greeba Craine was holidaying out of town with her mother, we think probably in Ballarat with the reference to Uncle Mac, and her father wrote her this letter. Although I have several other pages of his writings for this letter there seems to be a page missing. Although not born on the Isle of Man he was very proud of his Manx heritage, and his writings are sprinkled with the language – so ‘Greeba Veg Veen’ is ‘dear little Greeba’

Craine letter1


Craine letter3


and now I’m looking forward to see what treasures other Sepians have to share on this theme of Letter Writing. check it out hereSS letterwriting

Sepia Saturday Aug 9th 2014 – Photo with a chalk on slate label

The best I have to offer this week is a photo with a label handwritten in chalk on a slate. I have many such as this school photo but I will just include this one. Minyip State School 19231923In the 3rd back  row stands Florence Craine – the older girl in a braid trimmed blazer, there seem to be 2 others wearing a similar blazer (including her brother Ira reclining in front on the left) but we don’t know what they are. Florence would have been 16 when this photo was taken so we are surprised to see her still wearing a school uniform – wish I had asked her about it when she was still alive.

Born in Minyip, Vic – she attended this school as a student until she gained her Intermediate Certificate. She then took on another role as Student Teacher, and as she completed her training she went on to be a teacher in the school until marriage in 1932 determined her retirement. She was out of the work force for the next 13 years, when after WW2 a shortage of teachers in rural areas, saw the Head Master of the day Mr Charlie Campbell lure her back to the classroom in 1945. Her older child by then was a pupil at the school and a Grandma was called upon to mind the younger one. Florence rode her bike to school and the toddler travelled as far as Nanna’s on a home made wooden bike seat on the back. For a married woman with children to return to work was certainly rare in the 1940’s, especially in a small country town. She taught at the school until her retirement in 1972.

The other children in the photo would have been a mix of children of local farmers and from the families who had businesses or worked in the town. There were several rural schools around the district which provided education for many of the farmers’ sons and daughters.

I wonder if they knew the photo would be taken on that day – some of the girls have enormous bows in their hair, and the boys are nearly all in jackets. This was a year in the height of the depression, not long after the First World War and clothing items would still have been scarce, I imagine many of the children are wearing hand made items, or hand-me-downs, but they all certainly look very smart and contented.

Anyone viewing this post who wishes to know the names of other students – they are listed on this Flickr site

The Sepia Saturday theme for this week was much broader than I have here so you will find some very interesting tales at Sepia Saturday

Sepia Saturday July 26 2014 Shopfronts and men with hands in pockets

Several of the Ancestors were connected with stores in one way or another. William Craine who emigrated from the Isle of Man in 1862 was a watchmaker. They had a small shopfront in the main street of Linton Victoria where from the front daughter Lottie Isabel sold sweets and soft drinks. In this photo it is the un named store in the foreground. (photo courtesy of the Linton Historical Society)Craine Shop LintonEastwood’s store in Minyip has no family connections. It is the earliest photo I have of a business in that township, and as the photographer left the area in 1898 it would be around that time  or earlier this photo was taken. Mr Eastwood sold this business to Andrew Phillips in 1907. The building was destroyed by fire in 1947.

EastwoodWilliam  Craine’s son  Phillip spent his working life in general stores – this photo has him, 2nd from left, and other staff outside Melbourne Cash Stores in Collingwood, probably in the early 1900’s. One is probably the owner J. Brake. Cash in those days meant that no accounts would be held, and stores like this were common throughout the country.Melbourne Cash Stores

From Melbourne Phillip Craine moved to Minyip, the home town of his wife Ann Boyd. Here he was employed by Mr Andrew Phillips and managed the Grocery department. There are three photos I have of the Phillips store. The earliest shows a modest building covering the basics of life – groceries, drapery and iron goods. I love that the photographer captures a dog too in this photo. I wonder if it belonged to the store. Phillips-1In the next photo you can see how Andrew Phillips prospered with considerable extension to the building. He was known to have made several trips overseas (perhaps combining business with pleasure), and it was on his return from one of these voyages in 1916 that he fell off a train south of Sydney and was killed.Phillips_2Phillip Craine’s son in law Roy Penny also worked in retail outlets. His first job as a teenager was in Drapery department in the Don stores in Minyip. Even as an old man he always had a discerning eye for fabric and colour in clothing.Don Drapers

Eventually he and his older brother Hal went into business together in the town establishing a Newsagent, Grocery and Fancy Goods Store.  Later they we joined by a younger brother Alex, and the business continued in several different buildings until the early eighties.  After being burnt out in 1938 I believe for a time they ran their business from Andrew Phillips store, the three brothers are pictured outside.Phillips_3And this  building was where their business flourished for many years. Today it houses the Pharmacy in a town which has diminished in size considerably.H & R Penny

It replaced this building which sadly burnt down in 1938. Federal Arcade

Many of the photos in the little brown suitcase bear the stamp of a photographer J.L Discaciati (pron diskachatty) of Warracknabeal, or Discaciati & Co.J L DiscaciatiDiscaciati & CoOn a recent visit to Warracknabeal we went in search of his building as many of the school and sporting team photos of the fifties were also taken in the Discaciati studio. This is all we could find.Discaciati building

and I hope the eagle eyed of my readers have found the men with their hands in their pockets.

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