This is a previous Sepia Saturday post, but with added NEWS thanks to the kindness of Peter Jones who contacted me with some interesting information – isn’t the internet great?
I found these two photos in one of Granny’s albums – I don’t think I am related to anyone shown, but maybe someone in Blogland will recognise a face or a name!
Then, once they’ve got to know each other (and got ripped into the G&T’s) this is how they look by 4th May 1928….
5th Officer Evans (“June” – my father) No, no, not MY father – someone else’s father!
If anyone can provide any information on any of these characters, I’d be delighted to hear from you (and hope no offence was caused by the use of A Very Bad Word).
9 April 2011 Update!
Peter contacted me as his father was a member of the Oropesa’s crew in 1931/32 and he has done considerable research on her. This morning he emailed me the passenger lists which are held at the National Archives in London. I’m very grateful and very excited! Thank you, Peter. The RMS Oropesa left Liverpool on 19 April 1928 heading for Valparaiso, Chile and I was able to find everyone noted on the back of the pics in the passenger lists, except “Scottie”. Along with a familiar name NOT mentioned on the photos – John A Hardie. He was Granny’s cousin, known as Ian in the family, and was travelling first class (lucky devil) destined for Mollendo, but he intended to return to Scotland. His occupation is noted as “traveller” – presumably a commercial traveller (salesman) and he was 23 years of age. Business or pleasure, I wonder?
Given that there were only 9 Scottish passengers travelling on the ship, and 3 of them were men in their 20′s or 30′s, and I think it’s likely a man from Scotland might be nicknamed “Scottie” or “Jock” by his fellow travellers, I had a good close look at Scottie. I hooked out Ian’s Wedding photo and I think Peter has helped me identify why this picture was important – it’s Ian!
The Hardie boys and the Stewart girls were like siblings and remained close all their lives - they spent a lot of time together larking about on picnics and having a laugh. Ian worked at Briggs Jute in Dundee and emigrated to South Africa but wrote to my Great Auntie Chrissie regularly.
Now, I wonder if the photo of Dougal and the elephant was taken during Ian’s trip? Did they have elephants in Chile? Is the handwriting the same on the back of the photos? Hey, that’s a whole ‘nother blog post or two
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