My sister wrote a lovely post on her blog yesterday about my family's rather unique connection with this Australian celebration.
At the risk of becoming far too personal and completely off the gardening subject, I'd like to show you a few more photos that we came across when researching our uncle at the time of making the website dedicated to him.
This was taken in 1908 -
and shows my Grandfather and Grandmother with their young family at that time. Their eldest son sits at the left of the photo. I get the feeling that he is holding firmly to the britches' waistband of his little brother beside him!
By 1915, this young man was quite the spiff. He had his portrait taken just prior to signing his enlistment form and leaving his family for good.
Before he left, he apparently gave a copy of this photo to a number of young ladies that he knew!
By the time he was in France, his youngest brother, my dad, had arrived. The next family photo we have was taken at Christmas, 1922.
That little blond urchin in the centre of the front row is indeed my dad. And to the left of him is his sister Nell, whom we will farewell on Monday. And behind her is the little brother whose britches were being held in the first photo.
My regret is that when all these folks were alive who would have remembered their eldest brother, that I was too young/not aware/not interested to ask about their memories of him. I wish I had, I would love to have heard first hand about him.
Thank goodness for family members who have kept and preserved all these old photos.