|Alice Mary Swires nee King (1866-1919)|
Brock and Bowman in partnership, 1864
|Maud Alice Gadsden nee Swires ca 1917-18|
|Maud Alice Swires, Pietermaritzburg, 1909|
Lloyd's West End Studio advertisement from the Natal Almanac 1876.
'Ross Type Miniatures' refers to the attempt by photographers to reproduce miniature
portraits in the style of Queen Victoria's miniaturist painter, Sir William Ross. Few could afford
the services of Ross himself, so photographers were quick to supply the need to a greater public.
|Carte de visite by William Laws Caney during his Durban studio phase; taken|
mid-1880s. It's an appealing informal portrait: the little boy in everyday clothes rather than Sunday best
and appropriately barefoot among the photographers' farm props (including animal skin).
But the crochet collar and intricate quasi-military design of the jacket-front show the quality of the garments. The child's hair has been left in natural curls and waves.
|Reverse of the above carte de visite showing photographer's trade-plate,|
offering any portraits enlarged to life-size and in oil or water colors [sic]
|Cabinet photograph of lady holding her small-crowned hat, the brim swept up at one side, |
fashionable in 1892-3. The photographer has gone over the top with his
|Sydney Bartle Gadsden (1880-1953)|
|Janet Soga m.s. Burnside (1827-1903)|
|The Hamilton Trio, Durban, 1930.|
Cathy (violin), Beth (piano) and Bill (cello).
|Aussie soldiers World War I with rickshaw, Durban.|
|Alice Armstrong with her eldest son Jack aged about 2 or 3 and her mother Ann Maria. |
The person on the right is not identified.
|Queen Victoria's family tree|
Queen Victoria, who married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was the last British monarch of the German House of Hanover. Her son, King Edward VII, belonged to the same line as his father. Victoria was also the grandmother of Princess Victoria of Hesse and by Rhine. Hence, she is the great great grandmother of both Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II.
WINDSOR FAMILY TREE : http://www.royal.gov.uk/pdf/Windsor%20family%20tree.pdf
It is of importance that individuals should be encouraged to study the history of their own families: not in the boastful and snobbish spirit which produced such a spate of false pedigrees in the nineteenth century, but on the scientific lines of modern genealogical research which demands proof of every statement and the recording of every fact, whether pleasant or unpleasant, for whatever view may be held on the merits of such research, all will agree that unless it be conducted with accuracy it is entirely futile.
|The Natal Witness 18 July 1849: 2nd version of|
Washington passenger list.
Update 2012: the eGGSA Passenger List Project is a work in progress and can be accessed at