This photo has stumped us for a long while.
It’s labelled ‘Grenfell family’ so we have that much of a hint.
|1930s great great grandmother,|
Janie Grenfell (nee Bluett)
The lady standing third from the left is definitely my great great grandmother Janie GRENFELL (nee Mary Jane BLUETT) as this is the same lady as the solo photo, and her name is written on that one.
Looking at the two photos, we think the group shot is not taken too many years prior to the solo shot - maybe late 1920s or early 1930s.
I’m thinking they could be mourning – maybe a funeral gathering. No-one looks happy and almost all are in dark clothing.
James GRENFELL died in 1933 aged 70 and his wife Janie died in 1939 aged 75.
They had 4 sons (one died in infancy) and 4 daughters born between 1885 and 1906.
I don't think the others in the photo could be these ‘children’ because they look too old.
I think they could be James' sisters. James was the only son of James and Nannie Grenfell and many of his sisters were widowed early.
I also think this could be something to do with ‘events’ at his brother-in-law Richard John BENNETTS’ house:
1915 Nannie GRENFELL (nee HATTAM, the mother) died "at the residence of RJ Bennetts", Clifton Hill
1928 RJ BENNETTS (Jessie’s husband) died
1931 Jessie BENNETTS (nee Grenfell) died at the residence of RJ Bennetts, Northcote
1935 Jane CHEGWIN (nee Grenfell) died at the residence of RJ Bennetts, Northcote
1938 Wilmot ARMSTRONG (nee Grenfell) died at her own home in Northcote
1949 Eda Coombe GRENFELL (never married) died in Balwyn, late of Northcote.
Then, I couldn’t resist putting in a photo of a cute little kid in shorts and a bow tie!
Just like in the Sepia Saturday photo prompt – one difference, this one is not unknown, it is my little brother.