52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks – Week 2: Favourite Photo


Well, I decided to move straight onto the second week of the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge to try to catch up the eight weeks I have missed.  When I discovered that Week 2 was favourite photo, I knew immediately which photo I wanted to share.


Week 2 – Favourite Photo

C1906 Matheson Family Perth Western Australia

C.1906 Matheson Family Perth Western Australia

Back Row: Ella May, Charles Jardine, Alice Janet, Robert Hilton, Margaret Emily, Walter James Hawkins (Husband of Elizabeth Marion Matheson).

Front Row: Emily Hardisty (Wife of Charles Jardine Matheson) holding son Gordon Charles, Robert holding Thelma, Edith, Marion holding son Arthur, Edith Nelly, and Gladys Gwendoline sitting on the floor.


I received a framed copy of this photo from my maternal grandmother as a wedding present in 1996.  I was in love with it from the minute I opened the present and it still holds a prime position in my home.  She thoughtfully included a photocopy of the photo with the names of everyone written beneath.


This photo shows the family of Robert Matheson and Edith Ford.  The family originated from Bathurst, New South Wales and moved to Western Australia sometime after my great-grandmother, Gladys, was born.  Gladys was born in 1894 and the first evidence I have of the family in Perth is 1903.  It is estimated the photo was taken in late 1906 or early 1907 as the two babies, Arthur and Gordon, were born in April and July respectively.


I was always told that everyone who descended from this family had a copy of this photo, however, recently I found a distant cousin who did not have this photo.  I had always heard her name mentioned in conversation with my grandma and great-aunt but had never met her.  I had to track her down when she sent my grandmother a Christmas card.  I managed to find her number and when we spoke I had to tell her the sad news that we had lost my grandma and her sister within 10 months of each other.  Anyway we got chatting about our mutual genealogy and I mentioned this photo and she was confused – what photo was I talking about.  I had the joy of passing this photo onto her and loved hearing how excited she was seeing it for the first time!


So this photo is a very special one – made more special as Robert Hilton Matheson (middle of back row) was K.I.A. during WWI on 23 May 1918 in France.


Do you have an old family photo like this one?  Tell me about it in the comments.


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