Week 18 – Social

The prompt at 52 Ancestors this week is social. Once again I found myself wondering what on earth I was going to write. But then it hit me and I knew exactly what I wanted to write about… The social pages!

In early January I discovered that my hometown newspaper was finally on Newspapers.com. Since then I have spent many hours searching through the old issues. At first I thought that I would mostly utilise the obituaries, but I have found the social pages not only informative, but also entertaining.

The social (society) pages is the section of the newspaper dedicated to the daily activities of the citizens of the district. Here you will find out who went where, who visited who and so many more delightfully mundane goings on.

One of my favourite articles to date is a write up about The Jamieson Family Reunion.

As I read the article I immediately made the connection to two photographs I have in my collection.

Jamieson family photo, circa 1957, original held by Tracey Orchard, Brisbane, Australia
Jamieson family photo, circa 1957, original held by Tracey Orchard, Brisbane, Australia

Although I could identify many in the first photograph as my aunts, uncles and cousins, the second was a bit more of a challenge.

I knew the man on the bottom left was my great uncle Melville “Yammy” Robinson Jamieson. Although I had never met him I had seen pictures of him in the local paper as he was a bit of a local sports personality. I suspected the man next to him was his brother Gordon as I had seen a photo of him on Ancestry.com.

The article above leads me to believe that this is a photo of five of the Jamieson brothers. Unfortunately, of the remaining three, I don’t know which is which, but hopefully I will eventually be able to put the correct name to each one.

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