Digital Photograph - Two Boys, Three Girls & Three Men, Visiting St Margaret Island, 1915-1921 Image Reg. No: MM 110893

This photograph shows the O'Connor family and friends standing for a group photograph at St Margaret Island, 1915-1921: Jim Neal, Jim Cowan, Mollie Bodman, Geoffrey Pern, Brian Nicholas, Eileen O'Connor, Gray O'Connor and John Joseph 'JJ' O'Connor. 'JJ' O'Connor's grand-daughter Helen remembers that Jim Neal managed one of the O'Connor's properties for them when they were away. She also recalls that 'JJ' could crack his whip with great gusto. The O'Connor family leased the island for a period of time in the early 20th century to graze their cattle in the summer. There was only one shack on the island, however the O'Connors would invite friends and family to visit over the summer to camp.

The photographer of this image, Doctor Sydney Pern, was a friend of the donor's family, who lived in Yarram. In addition to his duties as the local GP, he was an enthusiastic amateur photographer.
Description Of Content:
Two boys, three girls and three men, standing for a group photograph. There is tea tree scrub behind them. The man in the right has a stock whip on his arm.
Acquisition Information:
Copied from Ms Helen Hickey, 2006
Discipline: History

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Tagged with: agriculture, photography, wars conflicts, world war i 1914-1918, making history - st margaret island
Themes this item is part of: Sustainable Futures Collection, Melbourne's Biggest Family Album Collection
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Working Life
Tertiary Classification: workers
People Depicted: Neal, Jim; Cowan, Jim; Bodman, Mollie; Pern, Geoffrey; Nicholas, Brian; O'Connor, Eileen; O'Connor, Gray; O'Connor, John Joseph
Format: Digital Still Image: Black & White; Tiff
Place & Date Depicted: Saint Margaret Island, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia, 1915-1921
Photographer: Dr Sydney Pern

Relationship of Photographer to Contributor: Family friend.


Lynnette Quinn Posted on 10 Dec 2009 8:14 PM
Reg. No: MM 110893. This is a photograph which includes Jim Neal and the O'Connor family. Can you supply information about Jim Neal or the O'Connors
Discovery Centre Posted on 14 Dec 2009 1:42 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Lynette, there are two other images in the collection, which give a little more information about the subjects. If you have any other queries, please click on the 'Ask the Experts' link above. and http;//

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