Australian historians seek Ickleford photos’ rightful home
PUBLISHED: 12:30 30 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:16 01 December 2017
Cast your mind back – do you recognise any of the people in these photographs, discovered in a removal box in Australia?
Lyn Quince, a researcher with the Hervey Bay Family History Association in Queensland, this week contacted the Comet about the find, which has links to Ickleford, Hitchin and Ashwell.
The history group would like to return the collection to any family still living in North Herts – and are also interested to know how it ended up in Australia.
Lyn told the Comet that a woman had found the pictures, newspaper cuttings and other papers in an envelope at the bottom of a box given to her by a removal company.
“This was about 15 years ago,” said Lyn.
“He told her to just throw them out, but she held on to them – hoping to find the owner. She finally decided to give it to us to try and trace.”
Lyn has gone through the collection and found that it mostly relates to George Edward ‘Ted’ Newman – licensee of Ickleford’s Old George pub in the 1960s – and his wife Betty.
“There are some wedding photos and a newspaper cutting about one of the weddings,” said Lyn.
“It describes the wedding of Margaret Elizabeth Newman to Dennis Clarke. It says that at the time she was a nurse at the Royal Free Hospital, London.
“I have found the record of the wedding on the Ancestry family history site. The wedding took place on August 21, 1965, at Ashwell, Herts. She also has a sister, Rosemary.
“There are some other wedding photos, and the groom in these is a member of the Royal Air Force.
“There are also many photos of cars. It would seem Ted Newman was president of the South Bedfordshire Car Club.
“One photo has the name ‘Mr M Toddington, 13 Wilton Road, Hitchin, Herts’ on the back.
“I hope you have some luck finding the owner or their relatives.”
Hervey Bay has a population of about 52,000 and is on the east coast of Australia, about 180 miles north of the Queensland state capital Brisbane.
If you think you can help reunite the collection with the family of the original owner, contact 01438 866083 or firstname.lastname@example.org.