My contribution to Sepia Saturday this week, with its request for mother and baby photos is this carte de visite presenting John Henry Baynham Bosley born in Adelaide 6th June 1869 and sitting on the knee of his mother Corah.
Also in the photo is Thomas George Dufty Bosley. born October 1867, sitting on his father’s knee, with Eliza Bosley born 1864 standing between her parents. There had been another daughter Annie but she had died. These children are my grandfather’s cousins.
The father in the photo is Thomas Bosley who came from Coleford in Gloucestershire and he was the older brother of my great grandmother Eliza Fricke We have seen her before in Tea Time with Bikes , at home in Newland St Coleford and as the mother of the bride in the Bride was Eliza.
But we have also met the toddler Thomas George on the right of the photo when he was older in Men in Aprons – Potters When this Tom Jr. was nine years old he began work at Hindmarsh Pottery as an apprentice to his Uncle George, now his stepfather. His job was to weigh up the clay and prepare the balls for “throwing”.
Thomas and Corah had six children before Thomas died in 1873, three months before his sixth child was born. Corah who was still in her twenties then married Thomas’s younger brother George and had six more children.
This photo was in the possession of Eliza Fricke (nee Bosley), when she died. She lived in Carisbrook, Victoria and her two brothers in Adelaide, South Australia. Eliza Fricke’s two Bosley brothers are the only Adelaide connection discovered in the family , No one has said that this is a photo of Thomas and Corah Bosley and their children but my identification is based upon the fact of Eliza Fricke’s two brothers living in Adelaide , the dating of the photo from recorded identifications used on the back of the carte de visite, and the order and ages of the children.
Another carte de visite from Adelaide dated at 1874 – 5 is this photo which I believe is the younger brother George, the second husband to Corah. He was a prominent potter in Adelaide at that time.
I am quite confident with my deductions; Until someone proves me wrong.
More Mums and Bubs and other bits and pieces are to found on this week’s Sepia Saturday.