Just scraping in with my Sepia Saturday this week.
My Flip pal and notebook are working overtime!
This week’s Sepia Saturday theme is old books.
Two of my great grandmothers received school awards in the same month, June 1884.
Not so unusual you might think.
What is unusual is that Mum has both the books that they were presented with and here are photos of the inscription pages.
30 June 1884: to Sarah Stonehouse for attention and improvement in music, Valley View (school). Sarah was born in May 1873 so was 11 years old.
June 1884: Fifth class, First prize awarded to Constance Terry for Reading , Writing and Dictation, also second Arithmetic – Park School Fitzroy Street, St Kilda. Constance was born in Jun 1871 so was 13 years old.
We have two other books given to Sarah:
1890 – Miss Stonehouse, a small token of approvals of her kind and willing services in playing the organ at St John’s Laang, from the minister (The Christian’s own Calendar). Sarah was 17 years old.
Mum tells me that she played the organ at church a lot, and the piano at home. I have the same piano now, and it still plays beautifully (when someone skilled plays it!).
1900 – Sara Henrietta Stonehouse on her wedding day (from W McBride, Mortlake), a Bible.