Sepia Saturday 10th May 2014 – Sisters

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.

 Jane, Selina and Ann.Jane, Selina & Ann Boyd

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

4 Boyd sisters

Another year – another hairstyle – Isobel, Selina, Ann and Jane4 Boyd sisters2

They maintained this elegance in to their old age – Jane and Selina all dressed up hereJane and Selina

And this final photo of Selina (Aunt Lin) and Ann taken in 1960 when they attended a wedding of a family member.Aunt Lyn & Nana 1960

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.Daughters of Susan & Walter Wright

Elizabeth and Lily in the matching dresses, and Carrie, Edie and Grace.

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15 thoughts on “Sepia Saturday 10th May 2014 – Sisters

  1. Splendid collection!!!
    I don’t know which scanner you use
    but may I suggest that you set your parameters to “professional”.
    This will give you the best resolution possible,
    even if it scans the WHOLE table….
    Mine does anyway,
    giving me pictures like 28000X20000 pixels.
    But precise…
    You can always crop out the excess,
    like I do.
    And don’t be discouraged if it tells you such scans take a long time.
    It first says it will take 75 minutes, and 30 seconds later, 5 minutes…
    Well worth the wait!!

  2. Absolutely beautiful sister photographs, and I love the old age shots of the ladies too. Perhaps if I’d lived a century ago it would have been easier to put up with my naturally curly and often frizzy hair!

  3. The mother must have enjoyed fixing their hair as their hair looks like some time was spend doing it in their youngest photo even. I’m sure it wasn’t a problem to “marry them off.”

  4. Sometimes original photos look sharper than they really are. It probably wouldn’t help to scan at a higher resolution than would fit on a computer screen unless you are planning to print a copy of the photo. If your software allows sharpening (like Photoshop) you can usually make the photo look sharper.

  5. That first batch of sisters look so much alike – & not just because of their similar hairdos & clothes, either. But what I find surprising is that the oldest sister, Selina, looks like the youngest in almost every photo – right up to and including the last one of her & her sister, Ann who was five years her junior. Too bad the Wright sisters weren’t allowed to smile in their photo or they probably would have looked rather charming.

  6. In the last photo there are two sets of matching outfits – mother must have made all their beautiful clothes.
    They dressed beautifully and I get the feeling the girls were all good friends as well.

  7. Pingback: Weddings in Australia-1895-1993 | Stories behind the Photographs in the little brown case

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