Postcard featuring black and white image of bush scene in Black Spur Fernshawe 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.

Physical Description

Black and white postcard, with image of Black Spur, Fernshawe. Hand writing around and on parts of 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.

More Information

  • Collecting Areas

    Home & Community, Leisure, Information & Communication, Images & Image Making, Public Life & Institutions

  • Acquisition Information

    Donation from Moreen Shields, Jun 2011

  • Sender

    Marion Flinn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 31 Jan 1905

  • Addressed To

    Mr James B. Scott, Paisley, Scotland, 31 Jan 1905

  • Inscriptions

    Printed: Black Spur, Fernshawe. Handwritten text: E. Melbourne 31.1.1905 'My dear Cousin, I was overjoyed on receiving your card written on the last day of the year telling me the good news that Jimmie was out of danger. he will just need now careful nursing and I know he will get that. How tired you & Agnes must be after the long strain, but as you say, what is that seeing Jim is better. It is in times of trouble we feel the separation of those we love for we are so powerless to help each other except by a few words and then they arrive after the anxiety is over. Do you notice what a long time it seems till we receive back word that has been sent 2 long months before. I will not expect a letter till Jimmie is quite well and you have had a good rest. We are all grieving for the Russian strikers & horrified that they (the authorities) mean to kill Maxim Gorky. I read his first book years ago- awfully realistic. Was delighted that you enjoy Emerson- so do I. Give my dearest love to Agnes, the girls, the dear wee man and yourself from your loving cousin' ' Mr J. B. Scott 12 Hillview Paisley Scotland

  • Classification

    Communications, Postal, Correspondence

  • Category

    History & Technology

  • Discipline


  • Type of item


  • 2D format

    140 mm (Width), 83 mm (Height)

  • Keywords

    Bushland, Correspondence, Postcards, Scottish Communities, Scottish Immigration, Trees