Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Taphophile Tragics



Isaac Augustus Mobbs, miner aged 22 years, married Edith Mary Crabbe, aged 18 years, at Hill End, 20 May 1873. His father was George Mobbs, a farmer and her father was Henry Crabbe, a miner. By 1877 Isaac was a fruitgrower at Pennant Hills.



Title of Photograph: Grandma's visitor [i.e. Edith Mary Mobbs (nee Crabbe), left, her grandmother Edith Bates and Mrs Bates' slab hut house with bark roof, Germantown Lane, Hill End]. Edith Bates & Edith Mobbs identified by Lorraine Purcell, Hill End & Tambaroora Gathering Group (Sept 2007), from information from Mrs Elaine Barnes, who has a copy of this photograph titled "Grandma's visitor".

On left: Figure with umbrella is Mrs. Edith Mobbs (nee Crabbe) who worked as a journalist on Times newspaper.

Photos from Library of NSW.

This is an entry in Julie's Taphophile Tragics meme.

7 comments:

Jim said...

Fascinating history.

Joan Elizabeth said...

I love that hut Look at the tent homes in the background too. Hill End is such an interesting place.

Gemma Wiseman said...

This slab hat at Hill End is such an intriguing design! And amazing formal clothing being worn by these women in such a far flung place! Interesting post!

Nicola Carpenter said...

What an interesting house and an interesting post. Unusual for a miner to have a photograph as they were expensive in those days.

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Wibbo said...

Lovely photographs and great that you have all that information about the people in them.

Julie said...

I wonder when the photo was taken. HIll End appears to be in its prime, at that stage. But if Mary was 19 in 1873 then she was born in 1854. And by 1877, she was living in Pennant Hills, explaining how come she was buried at St Johns in Parramatta.

Her husband does not look robust enough to be a miner.

Wonderful use of the headstones ...

CaT said...

o. that roof of the house!

and that stone is interesting, in the form of a book. havent seen that before, although its actually a really nice way of displaying the names!