Sepia Saturday has suggested that we explore Sisters this week and so my photo of my mother Vera Tansey (on the left) with her younger sister Hilda.
Vera was born in Geelong in 1899 and Hilda fifteen months later. But being so close in age Vera was held back so that the sisters would start school together.
But this lovely photo was taken in 1915 when they were living in Traralgon, in Gippsland. The photo was in postcard form and had been sent to a friend. So how did it come back into Vera’s possession ?
Vera has later added 1915 and Traralgon. I believe Hilda had written the original inscription. Who would they have sent it to, someone who Vera would see later in life for it to be returned. Before coming to Traralgon they had been living in Murtoa where they were friendly with Jack Findlay. He had come with them from Geelong to Murtoa but remained behind in Murtoa when they shifted to Traralgon. However he kept in close touch with the Tanseys and later he shifted to Traralgon and married a local girl, Fordyce Brereton.
Vera kept in touch with Fordie (Fordyce) for most of her life and I think it highly likely that was how the photo was returned to Vera.
A younger Vera (on the left) and Hilda had also been photographed while living in Murtoa, on this occasion dressed in fancy dress. Murtoa was also the place where Vera suffered from Scarlet Fever and was given daily twenty minute cold baths containing ice, as part of the treatment. Murtoa had recently acquired an Ice Works.
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