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Old Film:: Mother & Father in Love (1950s)

My mother and father were hard working people from poor families. This photograph was scanned from a 6cm x 9cm film negative made by my grandmother Elvie Ruth Bonner (1901-1986). I’d take a couple of punts on the second photograph to say I think it could have been made just after my parents were married (counting my fingers back to possibly 1952… my father was born in 1933 and married my mother, then 17 years old to his 19 years old) and it looks very much like the side of the East Tamar Midlands Highway, Tasmania. My parents were obviously very much in love.

Mum and dad on their wedding day, 1953

Mum and dad on their wedding day, 1953

It’s easy to look at photographs and miss the fact our parents were born and found their stride in hard times – the 1930s through to the 1960s. Life required hard prolonged decades of manual work to raise and educate a family in a shit-hole industrial town. My father worked a staggered shift for most of his adult life, while my mother worked as a nurse, then in a wool mill, a shop and finally twenty years as a nurse’s aide in an old people’s home at Low Head, Tasmania.

My father passed away from chronic lung disease in 2000 (a month after his younger brother Nig). My mother is still alive in her mid 70s.

The shit-hole of an industrial town is still doing what it does best. Without the employment. It’s where my old father spent his last years being preyed on by dirty weak scumbags; the ones who were too afraid to come after me.

Update: My sister informs me our parents were married in Hobart, Tasmania in late 1953. These photographs were made on that day.

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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