Postcard featuring sepia image of Queen's Bridge in melbourne with city in the background 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 Queen's Bridge, Melbourne. Hand writing around and on image. Reverse side with hand written address and parts of date stamp. Stamps were removed. Postcard belongs to the Sole Agent J. Reichardt postcard series.
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: Queen's Bridge, Melbourne. Handwritten text: Melbourne 7.12.1904 'My dear Cousin. Was extra pleased with your pretty view of Glasgow Rd. Paisley. I should enjoy a walk there for a jaunt on the cars. your delightful message which is mostly in praise of yours truly is of course always welcome.. very. and while I think of it: How can you call my writing either neat or anything but wavering when you look at your own which is vastly better in every way? I owe it to you for persisting in the praise. my Aunt Janet use to enjoy my clearly written ones someday when I have time I shall send you one which I shall allow you to call good.. Till then silence! Jack Irvine has been sent to a country district called Warburton to open up a station for our church. it is dreadfully uphill work . he was here to lunch on Monday & shall be glad when he can get a change to some place easier[/] all on this side of "the lines" are well and beginning to grumble at the heat. It lasts for 3 months at least. Am still going at high pressure and shall value the change. "They follow [?] who not works not those who play If rest is sweat" Jack was delighted with the ships. With love to all, Marion.' Mr Jas. B. Scott 12 Hillview Paisley Scotland
Type of item
140 mm (Width), 90 mm (Height)