This beautiful young lady is Eleanor Mary Archer. Eleanor was born in Alexandra, Victoria, on Oct 22, 1892, to Tom Palmer Archer and Laura Maude O’Farrell. She studied nursing with the Royal Children’s Hospital and the Royal Victorian Trained Nurses Association, passing her final exams in 1917. Eleanor continued to work with the Children’s hospital for some time. The photo below (a cropped version) was taken on Aug 8, 1921, by photographer, Spencer Shier, whilst she was there. She later moved up to Mildura and worked at the Red Cliffs Baby Health Centre. She married George Hamer Badger, of Red Cliffs, on Feb 18, 1928. A fruit growing gentleman that served in World War 2. His service record is available at the National Archives of Australia for download. Unfortunately, George died at Red Cliffs on May 30, 1964, the result of a fire. Eleanor passed away at Malvern, aged 90, on Sep 17, 1983. Her service was on the 20th. If you are related to Eleanor, please feel free to use my cropped and photoshopped version below (a larger version available here). The full sized double photograph is available to download from the State Library of Victoria. Click Here (Tif, 5381 x 3968, 20.3m -or- Jpg, 1000 x 737, 290kb).
This photograph is of a young Raymond Wescott, of the Collingwood State School, sporting a magnificent Bryant & May Crown Safety Matches costume. Taken on Aug 29, 1925. If you are related to the young lad, this photo is for you. Please use the following link to the State Library of Victoria to download a full size scan. Warning, it’s a very large file. Click here (Tif, 3090 x 5197, 45.9m).
Acknowledgement: State Library of Victoria.
Copyright status: This work is out of copyright.
1913,30086,M,Westcott,Herbert Raymond,Frederick Herbert,Ridley Annie,Collingwood,
1939,04609,,Wescott,Rmond Herbert,Aumont,Mary Isabella,,
1976,00085,,Wescott,Raymond Herbert,Herbert,Ridley Annie,Mord,63,
Date of Death: 1 Dec 1975 (Probate – PROV).
Date of Service: 3 Dec 1975.
Cemetery: Springvale Botanical Cemetery; Cassia, Wall ZO, Niche 467.
The life of the Zion Baptist Chapel at Newham (behind Hanging Rock) began in 1869 when it was built. One of it’s most prominent founders and supporters was Eli Jones (1841-1916). A Reverend in its early days was Rev. Samuel Ward (1813-1885). Services were fortnightly. Its last services were held in 1940 (thanks to Woodend and District Heritage Society for that date).
Unfortunately, these days it’s fenced off on private property. Here’s a photo of my dad and my maternal grandfather standing in the doorway of the Chapel in 1967. The other photos I took recently on a road trip with my three sons.