Different people find different reasons and uses for a garden. There might have been a few green thumbs in our family but not much interesting evidence shows up as an accessory in family photos. In this photo it would appear there are some roses in the front garden of Park Farm at Carisbrook in Central Victoria, a spiky sort of bush and a gumtree in the background
Behind the roses was a patch of lawn where croquet could be played. You can see the hoops and the mallets. Seated at the centre of the group is Freidrich Eberhard Fricke (1838 – 1899), surrounded by three daughters and three grandchildren, From the year of his death and the age of the children the photo would seem to have been taken in 1898 or 1899
Freidrich is the grandson of Johann Fricke who was written about in Blessing the New House in Vallstedt in 1811
- Freidrich came to Australia with an older brother in 1854
- Oral history says that when the two of them were making their way north from Melbourne with a horse and dray they passed the troopers returning from the Eureka incident at Ballarat,
- He and his wife had 9 children, only one of whom died young.
- He was a farmer at Park Farm, Carisbrook.
- Oral history says he and his brother had a milk run and wore calfskin waistcoats
- He was the uncle of poor Henry Fricke who was killed in a train accident in a previous post.
- Had a term as Shire President
- Grew an apple tree from seed which produced apples over 11 cm in diameter. A few trees which are descendants of this tree still exist.
- He won prizes at agricultural shows for walnuts, a cow and calf, a two year old heifer, a Roller, 20 bushels of seed wheat, and cooking apples, And that was just at Carisbrook in 1869.
And he took some relaxation sitting on the lawn in the middle of his garden with its roses and spiky tress.
If we move on to the next generation the garden was also a good place to record the arrival of visitors. Freidrich’s eldest son Alfred had taken over the farm. Here he is on the right of the photo.
On the left is the third son, Fred, who we met before when he had a dunking in the flooded Yarra River. Doing well in his Government job, Fred was on a visit to his brother on the farm where he grew up. Once again we can see some of the lawn and those spiky palm (?) trees which were plentiful in the garden, They look as though they would be sharp. I’m guessing that someone will tell me what they are !
It looks as though Alfred hadn’t got dressed up for his visitors. I wonder if he knew they were coming. Remember last year we had the use of braces as one of our themes. In Defending Australia with Braces I wrote about how the braces were also used to thread through loops on underpants I think we can see an example of this with the top of Alfred’s white undergarment rolled up at the top of his trousers. He looks so happy. I only remember him with his failed memory thinking that I was his sister-in-law, my grandmother.
Some beautiful gardens can be seen through the links on Sepia Saturday