Thursday, July 30, 2009

Class and Crime in 19th Century UK

I've mentioned John Martin, the Young Irish leader of whom Marjorie is writing a bio. His diary of the trip to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) after his conviction by the Brits is interesting. What I find particularly fascinating is his treatment. As a gentleman, even though a felon, he and his fellow traveler seem to have lived in comfort and style, as well as could be expected on a 19th century sailing ship. Daily wine and brandy, a cabin which could hold five but only had the two, books.

Monday, July 20, 2009

William R. Harshaw and Family

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This is William R. Harshaw, his children and their spouses. Probably between 1928 and 1935 (when the Golds returned from China and Ada's death.) Grandfather has his pocket watch open (wore it on a gold chain). Margaret [corrected name--had a senior moment] Harshaw is hiding behind her mother-in-law, Mac is holding his pipe and wearing reasonably new overalls, dad is at the end.