Genealogist Amy Johnson Crow has started a genealogy challenge for 2018. "52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks" is a series of weekly prompts to encourage us to share some of the information about our ancestors that we have accumulated. This week's prompt is "Favourite Photo", and it has led me to look back through the collection of family photos I have accumulated - both in printed and digital formats - and pick out a few that stand out for me and think about the stories behind them.
This is the wedding photo of my maternal great-grandparents, James
Nicholas Clark and Pricilla Veronica Mulholland. James worked as a contractor and eventually as an overseer for Brighton City Council. They married on the 3rd
August 1898 in Brighton, Melbourne. It was James's second marriage. His first,
to Eliza Hawley, ended in divorce, which was fairly rare at the time.
This photo is one of the first I borrowed from my grandmother and had copied back when I first started my family history research, and when I purchased my first scanner it was also promptly digitised. When my grandmother passed away in 1995 I was fortunate enough to obtain the original, an old sepia photo on cardboard that I keep carefully stored away and a copy on display. I have very few photos of this generation of my family, and even less originals, so I find this one quite special.