You learn a lot by reading...

Discussion in 'Australia Photography' started by D_Mac, Sep 3, 2007.

  1. D_Mac

    D_Mac Guest

    I found this headstone at the historical cemetery of Nth Stradbroke
    Island as I gathered photos for the 2008 calendar.

    I'm at a loss as to what happened to these wives... He was after all
    the Medical superintendent of the colony!

    D_Mac, Sep 3, 2007
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    Vintage Monk Guest

    Does the first death say 1857 or 1887?
    Vintage Monk, Sep 3, 2007
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    D_Mac Guest


    D_Mac, Sep 3, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    No wonder they died, Dunwich was a quarantine station.

    Patrick kept marrying into the family of Jardine. Must have been a
    Lunatic of Woogaroo Asylum…
    Rob, Sep 3, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    You run through those dates again.

    Can't make out that of Matilda.
    Rob, Sep 3, 2007
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    D_Mac Guest

    Matilda died July 29th 1894.
    The problem with shooting a 100 year old headstone that's been
    neglected and faded is that no matter how sharp the picture is, time
    and the elements work to make the contrast between the writing and the
    stone difficult to read. Couple that with Photoshop reducing the
    resolution as the "save for web" clicks in and....

    Any more questions before I sign off on this one?

    D_Mac, Sep 3, 2007
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    Pete D Guest

    Nope, you seem to have given enough excuses for today!
    Pete D, Sep 3, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    Thanks but!

    Photoshop "save for web" has nothing to do with it.
    Rob, Sep 3, 2007
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    D_Mac Guest

    So have you figured out the message on the headstone yet?

    D_Mac, Sep 3, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    Yes I was looking at the ages and marriages. Obviously of english decent
    and looking, couldn't understand why there was such a big age difference.

    A quick look at Queensland records didn't reveal any more information of
    those below. Morton Bay, Brisbane was the port to which they arrived.
    Rob, Sep 4, 2007
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    Terryc Guest

    There isn't. The first wife died in 1887 aged 50, then the second wife
    (a younger sister of the first by about 3 years) died 8 years late aged
    55. So, he was the first wife's toy boy? He probably had very good
    reasons for marrying her.

    Finding information on Qld can be very, very difficult.
    Terryc, Sep 4, 2007
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    D_Mac Guest

    Well at least some one saw what I did!
    Normally women in the 1800's took their husband's name. Here we have a
    couple of sisters who seemingly lived in sin with the good doctor. I
    haven't been able to find any record of their marriage. The Island
    does have fairly accurate records of these things so unless they
    married elsewhere, they probably never married at all... Oh the
    disgrace of it all... And it's still going on even today!

    D_Mac, Sep 4, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    I worked that out after I had the dates.

    I couldn't read the dates correctly. least it didn't look like 1894.

    I had read about Dr Patrick Smith.

    yep they have nothing filled in, although looks as if they use the same
    data base layout as NSW.
    Rob, Sep 4, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    I still can't find any record of them on the English census records 1841
    or 1851. Surely they should have been both together in 1841
    Rob, Sep 4, 2007
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    Terryc Guest

    The Jardines were a well known family. They may not have been prepared
    to take Smith's name. Was it a legal requirement? It certainly isn't now
    to many people utter disbelief.
    Not necessarily. The second sister may not have met the doctor until
    after the death of the first sister.

    Obviously. My wife had a similar problem until she learnt that many
    people arrived in Qld by travelling overland from the south. From
    Adelaide (terrible shipping records), it was feasible to go a fair way
    up the Darling River (to Bourke) by paddle steamer, then it was only a
    short ride to Qld. She eventually located her ancestors marriage in
    Victoria under a different name.
    Terryc, Sep 4, 2007
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    Terryc Guest

    Have you taken all this to the genealogy groups? i wouldn't ask them
    about Cameras, but this would be right up their alley.
    Terryc, Sep 4, 2007
  17. If you enlarge the photo you can see the dates clearly.
    As the save feature has been disabled the best way to enlarge the
    photo is {Print Screen} then paste into photoshop.

    As you didn't 'save' the image you can't be charged with stealing it.
    Julian..._-__!!, Sep 5, 2007
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    Rob Guest

    Its not necessary to do that. Its has a clear foil over the top.

    Rob, Sep 5, 2007
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