Postcard featuring sepia image of children and a woman standing in a river at Heidelberg near Melbourne and includes a handwritten message.
It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1904 to 16 April 1907, all addressed to James Baird Scott and his family living in Paisley, Scotland. Fifty three of the cards are sent from Victoria, Australia, by Marion Flinn and her family and feature Melbourne landmarks and suburbs, scenes from Victoria and New South Wales. Fourteen postcards are sent from various international locations including South Africa, Nigeria, India, Singapore and western Europe apparently by extended members of James Baird's family either holidaying or working.
Black and white postcard, with image of Heidelberg near Melbourne by Robert Jolley. Image depicts a river scene with children standing in the water and bridge in the background. Hand writing around the image. Reverse side with hand written address, half a date stamp and stamps removed.
This collection of early 20th century postcards provides an invaluable pictorial record of urban and rural landscapes in Melbourne,Victoria and New South Wales. It also captures the social and political attitudes and observations of one Melbourne family, relating to domestic and social life, literature, politics, and Australian culture. Themes such as nationalism, the postiion of women and prejudices surrounding Aboriginal Australians, global shipping and communication are also referenced by both the visual iconography and the commentary on the postcards.
Donation from Moreen Shields, Jun 2011
Printed: Robert Jolley, Melb. At Heidelberg, near Melbourne Handwritten text: 16.3.1904 'My dear Nettie I was so sorry I could not get out to post a card last week Mrs bell a friend of mine and of yours too called in- She is very sad having lost her husband over a year ago. If it had not been that she is in sorrow I should have begged her to excuse me. But my dear mother taught me when a little girl to be kind and thoughtful to the sad and lonely in this world and I hope I shall never forget her kind lessons and good example. I knew you would forgive me and not be cross or disappointed when I told you. Mrs Bell has two daughters the age of my Jennie and Mary. With dearest love to you all from Cousin Marion' Miss Nettie Scott 3. Mc Intyre Place Paisley Scotland
Type of item
140 mm (Width), 89 mm (Height)