Postcard featuring sepia image of view on Spring Street in 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.
Sepia postcard, with image of Spring Street, Melbourne. Hand writing around the image. Reverse side with hand written address and parts of date stamp. Stamps were 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: Spring Street, Melbourne. Handwritten text: Melbourne 15.11.1904 'My dear cousin. Many, many thanks for your card and the sprig of heather. but do you condemn me to wait for 25 02 30 just for the reality? I'm afraid if Australia cannot attract you before that Scotland will certainly have drawn me over. Be it soon or late it will be glorious you may be sure. It is an undying hope for me and I believe that if we set our minds, resolutely to alter something... Though it be a trip to far distant lands we may obtain you will find it hard for me to find anything to write about of. that long letter, but we women are irrepressible and we are quite bad when there is not a word left in us. Albert has such a delicious project for the Xmas holidays. He wants us all to go camping for a week or 10 days 18 miles up country! I am enchanted with the idea and so are the weans. So glad (?) we are all well and send our best love to you all Marion' Mr J. B. Scott 12 Hillview Paisley Scotland
Type of item
140 mm (Width), 88 mm (Height)