I wasn’t sure how to approach this post – the travel photo albums contain a plethora of photos of beautiful old buildings with arches and decorated ceilings – so I’ve tried to be bit more off beat.
So my first photo which I nearly used last week as it is taken in a back yard, is of a decorated wedding arch for the marriage of Elizabeth Jane Boyd to James Cowan in 1911. I am not sure of the symbolism of the arch with bell, but it was used by several members of the family in this generation
A brother, two cousins, a sister of the bride and 2 nieces in this photo taken at the property of the bride’s parents ‘Ardnamurchan’ near Minyip Victoria
Adults – L to R William Boyd, Emily Dowler, James Cowan, Elizabeth Jane Boyd, John Boyd, Selina Boyd.
Flower girls – (Vivienne) Amy Boyd (b 1906) and Florence Craine (b1907)
Photographer J. L. Discaciati Warracknabeal
And now a very small grab bag of some from our Travel Albums.
Ceiling light in prince Edward Theatre, London
The arches that support the structure of the Laxey Wheel on the Isle of Man- the largest working waterwheel in the world. It was used to pump 250 gallons of water a minute from the Laxey mines some 200 yards away and 1500ft below ground.
And last but by no means least – to my significant building. My father Charles Fricke taught in the Castlemaine Boys Reformatory (which was originally the Castlemaine Gaol) and for most of my childhood we lived in the residence supplied there for the teacher. This is how the front of the Gaol looked during the time we lived there, the first little porch in the foreground is where we entered our house. The large door in the centre of the building is where deliveries were made, including the boys who were to become residents. they would arrive every second week in a Black Maria from Pentridge in Melbourne. There is a similar small door at the far end of the building which was the entrance to the residence of the Quartermaster, Mr Albert Austin Spall
My husband had never seen my home, so when during a period in the nineties the building became a Conference and Residential Centre we went there to stay for a night – and yes we slept in a former cell.The photo below was one I took at that time of one of the wings of the building. the small doors on the right are the former cells.I understand the area is once again in the hands of the developers with plans to build town houses around the original building which will return to being a conference centre