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Postcard - General Post Office, Sydney, To J. B. Scott from Janet Flinn, Melbourne, 5 Apr 1904 Document Reg. No: HT 29012

Summary:
Postcard featuring black and white image of the General Post Office building in Sydney and includes a handwritten message.

It is one of sixty seven postcards dated from the 5 January 1904 to 16 April 1907, all addressed to James Baird Scott and his family living in Paisley, Scotland. Fifty three of the cards are sent from Victoria, Australia, by Marion Flinn and her family and feature Melbourne landmarks and suburbs, scenes from Victoria and New South Wales. Fourteen postcards are sent from various international locations including South Africa, Nigeria, India, Singapore and western Europe apparently by extended members of James Baird's family either holidaying or working.
Description:
Black and white postcard, with image of General Post Office in Sydney. Hand writing around the image. Reverse side with hand written address. Stamp was removed. Postcard belongs to the Oceana postcard series.
Statement Of Significance:
This collection of early 20th century postcards provides an invaluable pictorial record of urban and rural landscapes in Melbourne,Victoria and New South Wales. It also captures the social and political attitudes and observations of one Melbourne family, relating to domestic and social life, literature, politics, and Australian culture. Themes such as nationalism, the postiion of women and prejudices surrounding Aboriginal Australians, global shipping and communication are also referenced by both the visual iconography and the commentary on the postcards.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Moreen Shields, 2011
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 88 mm (Height), 138 mm (Width)
Dimension Comment: landscape

More information

Tagged with: buildings, postcards, civic life, correspondence, scottish communities, scottish immigration, urban landscapes, post offices
Themes this item is part of: Marion Scott Flinn, Second Generation Scottish Migrant, Domestic & Community Life Collection, Images & Image Making Collection, Information & Communication Collection, Leisure Collection, Public Life & Institutions Collection
Primary Classification: COMMUNICATIONS
Secondary Classification: Postal
Tertiary Classification: correspondence
Inscriptions: Printed: Oceana Series B. General Post Office, Sydney.

Handwritten text: E. Melbourne 5.4.1904
'My dear Cousin, It was very kind of you to send ma a ?Burns Statue? and I am glad to say I know quite a number of his poems. Fancy! Isabel had the highest marks in the Sunday School- the highest marks possible! It is to be hoped we shall not have to wait for flying machines to bring you on a visit here. We should like you to come very soon, or shall I come and see you? I wonder if we would be as good friends as Uncle Albert and I? I think we would. We have our Easter Holidays just now and the weather is lovely. Mother has been reading ?Wee Margreegor? to us it is just our jack. You should have seen the tears running down mothers face with laughing! Farther has gone into ?Scots' Church Debating society? tonight... With love from you little cousin Janet Flinn.'

Mr J. B. Scott
3 Mc Intyre Place
Paisley
Scotland
Sender: Marion Flinn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 5 Apr 1904
Addressed To: Mr James Scott, paisley, Scotland, 5 Apr 1904

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