The Place – Park Farm near Carisbrook in Central Victoria, home of the Fricke family
The occasion – Afternoon Tea
And the people – there is only one that I can be fairly sure about and that is Eliza Fricke (nee Bosley) (1843-1913) and she is the left hand lady, in black, of the group of three seated in the centre of the photo.
Eliza is the hostess and has brought a nice small table and chairs on to the verandah. Another lady in a dark dress is seated to the right, She could be a friend but more likely to be a relation from the Fricke, Aston, Peet, Williams, Attwood, Thomas families who lived in the district. . A younger third guest sits between these two ladies, identified as the third cyclist by her ‘”uniform” of dark skirt and light-coloured blouse. The other two cyclists are holding their bikes.
The remaining younger person, dressed in white and standing behind the chair is possibly not a visitor. Of Eliza’s daughters, Eliza married in 1901 and Tilly married in 1903. So possibly this last person could be Tilly if the picture was taken before 1903 and assuming Tilly was still living at home
But then there is the boy standing at the back. If he is Eliza’s grandson then he would have been born in 1891 (I think this is too early), 1896 or 1904. In which case if the lady in white is his mother then he was born 1896 and is visiting from Melbourne. Or if born in 1904 then his mother lives 22 km away in Newstead and the time of the photo would be closer to 1913. Just how old is that boy ?
My guess is that he was born 1904. If he was born 1896 then there should also be two little girls in the photo.
This photo shows that more blinds have been added to the house since a previous photo
This week’s post is following the theme of bikes as suggested by Sepia Saturday, the place where you will find links to many similar posts.