Four surviving daughters of Alan and Selina (Barnes) Boyd were raised on the property ‘Ardnamurchan’ near the township of Minyip in the Dunmunkle Shire, Victoria Australia. Selina the eldest born in 1876, Elizabeth Jane 1879, Ann 1881, and Isobel 1883. There was a 5th daughter Florence, but she died young. The earliest photo I have is of the three eldest girls, the date unknown, but given that the youngest sister isn’t included I would think about the mid 1890’s. In this photo they have taken great pains to get their hairstyles all alike – I wonder how many hours it took to frizz the hair like that – with maybe only one pair of curling tongs between them which had to be heated on the kitchen wood fired stove.
This next photo taken some years later of the four of them – and again they have taken great care with matching their hairstyles.
The three married ladies are all wearing wedding rings so I place this photo at some time soon after 1911. I’m very disappointed at the quality of this scan as the original is so very clear, my skills in this regard require a lot of work.
Selina, Isobel, Ann and Jane
Now spare a thought for the father of the girls below, Walter Wright, as he had 5 daughters to marry off, or the mother who had to supervise the hair brushing every morning. Maybe that’s why they are not looking so happy, they had just been spruced up for the photographer. Born between 1895 and 1901 this photo taken about 1909, and after that there was a 6th daughter born, and yes they all married.
Elizabeth and Lily in the matching dresses, and Carrie, Edie and Grace.