We were searching through our vast catalogue of found photos when this caught our eye. Maude, Jack and George in Terranora, New South Wales in, we think, the early 1930’s. The photo album is mainly about Camberwell, London and holidays in Eastbourne but half way through the images of George and his wife Beatie start to appear with the caption ‘Australian Pioneers’. The pictures have evocative scribbles underneath – Brisbane River at Lone Pine THIS IS 6 MILES AWAY says one. Our curiosity piqued we spent a happy 20 minutes touring the streets of Terranora, courtesy of Google Earth, and very beautiful it looks, although we have no doubt life was harsh for early pioneers in the 1930’s.
The photo album continues with its dual narrative of England and Australia to the final images which show an English grave and next to it a photo of the family in Australia, the young girl in the photos above now in her 20’s in front of an early 50’s bungalow laughing and smiling.
We won’t try to make sense of it – that’s what we love about found photo albums – a hundred possible narratives just ready to be created and explored.