Saturday, April 5, 2014

Strangers in a Box


The photographs following are some I’ve collected over the years that I haven’t been able to find anything more on. Some are named, some are not, hopefully someone will recognise them.


Olive Graham



Subject: Olive Graham - Nurse
Photographer: Titchmarsh Studios, Auckland, NZ
Photo undated


Gwen Elaine Eyles



Subject: Gwen Elaine Eyles, 1942
Photographer: Ellis Dudgeon
Studio address: Hardy Street, Nelson, New Zealand
Known years of operation: 1937 1939 1942


Henry Ward



Subject: Henry Ward
Photographer: Maull & Fox
Studio address: 187a Piccadilly, London, UK
Photo dated: 17 Feb 1897


Elsie ……?



Subject: Elsie (possibly has siblings Katie & Bert)
Photographer: Thomas Pearce
Studio address: 40 Peel Terrace, Stafford, UK
Photo undated

40 Peel Terrace, Stafford, today.



 Kitty & Mother



Subject: Kitty & her parents
Photographer: Bunting Photos
Studio address: Napier & Palmerston North, NZ
Photo dated: Dec 1906
Found: Kumeu, Auckland, NZ
Other family members: Edie & Fred



If anyone knows anything about or is connected to any of the people in these photographs please do contact me, I would love to pass them onto a family member, even a distant one. Contact by email is preferable but if you are going to leave a comment please don’t forget to include your email address.

Dawn Scotting


Saturday, October 20, 2012

Baby Jack



You never know, someone might just recognise baby Jack whose mother was probably Lucy and whose father may have been Mick.  The photo was taken by the Tyree brothers of Nelson so he probably lived in that area of New Zealand.

Unfortunately nothing more is known except that the Tyree Studio was in business from about 1882 to 1947.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Charles Henry Beanland of Yorkshire


Thanks to Brigitte in Virginia I now know that the photograph of Charles Beanland is not Charles Norman but Charles Henry Beanland of Bradford, Yorkshire.

Brigitte tells me “Charles and his brother, Joseph,  were part of the Waterloo Pierrots of Bridlington in the late 1800s and early 1900s.  Later he and brother Joe toured as the performing group, Beanland and Bath.  Charles (sometimes known as Sammy Beanland of the Waterloo Pierrots) died in Morecambe later in life”.

On googling the Waterloo Pierrots I found this lovely article about them on Mike & Diane’s website.


Charles Henry was born about 1870 and was the son of James Beanland & Harriet Dinah neƩ Burwell. James had a butcher shop in Silsbridge Lane in Bradford which Harriet took over after he died early and left her with five young children to bring up.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Could this be Charles Norman Beanland 1898-?


charles-beauland charles-beauland-back

There are a few Charles Beanlands in various census who this might be but only one in Lancashire. Of course that doesn’t have to mean he couldn’t have come from say Yorkshire or somewhere else to have his photograph taken.

Births Dec 1898
Beanland  Charles Norman     Manchester  8d 205

What you can see of his clothing suggests the photo was taken in the first half of the 1900s, also postcard photographs weren’t introduced in England until during the first decade of 1900, about 1907 or maybe earlier.

The photographer – Watson’s, Alhambra Studio, Morecambe (Lancashire) - were operating at least in 1916.

In 1894, British publishers were given permission by the Royal Mail to manufacture and distribute picture postcards, which could be sent through the post.

In 1907 Kodak created a service called “real photo postcards”, enabling people to make a postcard from any picture they took.

Working on that premise I looked for a Charles Beanland in the 1911 census living somewhere near Morecambe. This is the only Beanland family living in Lancashire:-

Reference RG14PN24241 RG78PN1391 RD467 SD4 ED9 SN337
1911 Census
3 Brookdall St, Failworth, Manchester (sic) (District: Prestwich Lancashire)
Charley Beanland head 47 mar 21 yrs wax dresser born Bradford YKS
Mary Elizabeth wife 40 mar 9 children 6 living born Staffordshire
Mary Jane dau 19 unm warper born Manchester LAN
Charles Norman son 12 school born Manchester LAN
Lilly dau 10 school born Manchester LAN
Florrie dau 8 school born Walkden LAN
Thomas son 5 school born Farnworth LAN
Albert son 3 school born Manchester LAN

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In 1901 the family are living at 44 Clara St, Newton, North Manchester, Google Maps doesn’t know that address but perhaps it’s in the Newton Rd, Failsworth area!

Charles Norman seems to have been married twice with at least one daughter from his second marriage:-

Marriages Sep 1920
Beanland  Charles N  English  Manchester  8d 577 (to Bertha English)

Marriages Jun 1949
Beanland  Charles N  Tracey  Manchester  10e 821 (to Elizabeth A Tracey)

Births Jun 1927
Beanland  Irene W  Oldham  8d 1244 (mother’s maiden name Tracey )


If you can help me identify Chas Beanland please leave me a comment and include your email address.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Unidentified #3


Absolutely nothing on this photo but they looked like such a lovely family. Mum is a tiny woman who looks very tired and worn out, I would be too if I had eight children! There must be at least one or two descendants who might recognise them, I hope so.

If you can help me identify this group please leave me a comment and include your email address.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Unidentified #2


  • Photographer: Hamptons Studio, 11 Victoria Square, Christchurch, NZ
  • Found: Paeroa, NZ

If you can help identify this family please leave me a comment and include your email address.

Unidentified #1

This beautiful wedding photograph has no details about the people on it. However, as it came with another set of wedding photographs that were identified I'm going to hazard a guess, purely because I think the bride in this photo looks very similar to the bridesmaid in the Morgan-Hadfield wedding photo on this page. The bride in that photo is Cora Hadfield and her bridesmaid looks like she could be her twin, at least her older sister who is Edith Martha Anna Hadfield. Edith married John Alexander Adams in 1916 in NZ, probably in the Nelson area. The eldest of the young girls might be the youngest girl in the first photo on the same page above. But then again, my eyes might just be playing tricks on me!


        • Photographer: Wigglesworth & Binns, Wellington, Christchurch & Dunedin
  • Found: South Island, NZ

If you can help me identify this group please leave me a comment and include your email address.