Tea Time – with Bikes

The Place – Park Farm near Carisbrook in Central Victoria, home of the Fricke family

The occasion – Afternoon Tea

The Time – Probably between 1900 and 1913

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.




14 thoughts on “Tea Time – with Bikes

  1. jamestaylor

    How lucky you are to have these photos of family life. And such a time it must have been. A quiet country day, tea being taken outside. Perhaps it is springtime or early autumn. It is certainly not a cold day and doesn’t give the impression that it is overly warm. I can see that the three seated ladies are holding cups – I wonder what is on the table, a plate of sliced teacake, perhaps?


    1. jofeath

      Actually the setting in your photo just reminded me of a photo I’ve posted before but will now add onto the end of my post. Not quite the same vintage but anyway 🙂


  2. Deb Gould

    Haven’t seen blinds like that in a long time! We had them on the screened porch in my grandparents’ summer house — dropped them whenever it rained to keep the water out. Fabulous photograph — I can’t imagine riding a bike in those skirts!


  3. La Nightingail

    What a wonderful photo! The lady standing beside her bicycle on the far left is the epitome of a lady bike rider of the day- white blouse, dark skirt, straw hat – perfect!


  4. gluepot

    Forgive me for concentrating on the photograph itself rather than the image, but judging by what I can see of the mount, I think this might be an amateur/vernacular photo taken with a Kodak and mounted on the standard Kodak embossed card mount.


  5. Lorraine (Boobook)

    A perfect match for this week’s theme.
    The open verandah is a great place for tea and chat but it’s interesting that the bikes and their riders were the ‘focus’ of the photo. I wonder how far the women had ridden or intended to ride.


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