Thursday, May 24, 2018

Natal Photographer: Coney and portrait of Maud Swires

The subject of this cabinet photo is my grandmother as a child ca 1896. She was Maud Alice Swires, who later married Sydney Bartle Gadsden, son of Bluff lighthousekeeper, Thomas Alfred Gadsden. 

John W Coney, like other Natal photographers, diversified - he was an 'undertaker and cab proprietor' at 162 Chapel Street, Maritzburg in 1897 which is probably where the above studio portrait was taken. 

Coney's advertisement in the Natal Almanac 1897

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