Digital Photograph - Feeding the Chooks, 'Willis Vale' Homestead, Greensborough, Victoria, circa 1920s Image Reg. No: MM 97995

View at back of the old homestead on the property 'Willis Vale' during the depression. The property in Greensborough was established in 1839 and later acquired by the Partington family around the early 1870s. The property continued to function as a working farm up to this point and the orchard established by Robert Whatmough on the property in the 1870s and 1880s was still there, although the Partingtons had moved into dairy cattle. The orchard began to deteriorate from this time until its demise in the 1960s. William James Partington died in 1941 and Aunty Jess died in 2000 at 85.
Digital copy of an original photographic print.
Description Of Content:
Black and white image of a man and women feeding chooks in the yard of an old house.

The people depicted are believed to be William James Partington, and his daughter Jessie May Partington, who was born in 1915 and married in 1935.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mr Gary Partington, 2008
Discipline: Technology

More information

Tagged with: farm animals, women s work, chickens, farm buildings
Themes this item is part of: 'Willis Vale' Homestead, Greenborough (1839-1973), The Batman Tree, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Whatmough Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Farm Yards
Tertiary Classification: images (to be classified)
Format: Digital Still Image: Sepia
Place & Date Depicted: Greensborough, Victoria, Australia, circa 1920s
Owner of Item Depicted: William Partington, Greensborough, Victoria, Australia

William James Partington was the owner of the Willis Vale property at this time this photograph was taken. He had inherited it was his parents Charles & Ellen Partington, who owned the property at the the time that Robert Whatmough had his orchard and nursery there.
Other Association (See Comments): Mr Robert Whatmough, Victoria, Australia

Robert Whatmough ran his successful Nursery from this property in the late nineteenth century. The connection to the the Partington's was by the marriage of Robert's sister Ellen to Charles Partington.
Collector: Mr Gary Partington, Victoria, Australia

Gary Partington was the grandson of William James Partington and the last member of the family to be raised at 'Willis Vale'.

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