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Six Cavenagh-Mainwaring sisters Acquire US

In 1907 my nice grandmother Kathleen Mary Cudmore nee Cavenagh (1874-1951) posed for a gaggle portrait together with her 5 sisters, my nice grand aunts.

Out by a 12 months, her daughter, my grandmother additionally referred to as Kathleen, wrote on the again that it was taken in 1908. She additionally recorded the sisters’ names:
Again row, left to proper: Queenie Magee; Kate Cudmore [her mother]; Nellie Millet
Center row, L to R: Eva Gedge; Could Gillett
Entrance centre: Kiddie Bennett

My nice nice grandmother, Ellen Cavenagh-Mainwaring (1845-1920), Kate Cudmore’s mom, lived in Southsea close to Portsmouth from the Nineties, so it appears doubtless that the portrait was taken there. One among my cousins has a duplicate printed with the photographer’s title, F. A. Swaine. This was Frank Arthur Swaine (1871-1952), a modern photographer, who had studios in Southsea and later in London.

In 1901 Kathleen Cavenagh-Mainwaring had married an Australian surgeon, Arthur Cudmore. They lived in Adelaide with their two daughters: Rosemary, born in 1904, and Kathleen, born June in 1908. In January 1907 the Adelaide newspapers reported Mrs. Arthur Cudmore and her child had left by the North German Lloyd liner SS Barbarossa for a visit to the outdated nation. In September 1907 she returned to Adelaide by the SS Scharnhorst, a one other Norddeutscher Lloyd passenger liner.

I’m not certain what the event was for the portrait, and the sisters, as adults, had been in all probability not typically collectively. They’re posed round Eva, who’s holding flowers. She appears to be the main focus of consideration. I have no idea what this signifies.

Eva was born in 1867 and was aged 40 on the time of this {photograph}. She had married a naval officer, Herbert Gedge, in 1892. She was the mom of two kids born 1894 and 1895. By 1907 her husband had retired from the navy and was working for the Khedive of Egypt. In July 1907 Mrs H Gedge and her daughter travelled from Port Stated to London.

Could was born in 1868 and in 1907 was aged 39 She had married a naval officer, Owen Gillett, in Malta in 1906. In July 1907 she gave beginning in Woking, Surrey, to the oldest of her two kids.

Kathleen, my nice grandmother, was born in 1874, and in 1907 was 33. She had married 1901 and had one daughter in 1904 and a second daughter in June 1908. She was in England on a go to from late December 1906 to August 1907.

Nellie was born in 1877 and was 30 in 1907. She had married a naval officer, Thompson Horatio Millett, in 1902. They’d three kids together with a son born in June 1907 in Southsea.

Queenie was born in 1879 and aged 28 in 1907 and single. She married in 1939.

Kiddie was born in 1882 and aged 25 and single in 1907. She married in 1919.

Within the picture Could will be seen carrying a bracelet. Her granddaughter wrote to me: “My mom had a narrative that after they all got here to England for the primary time an ‘Uncle’ Jo (who owned a gold mine) gave Mabel as a lot gold as she might maintain in her hand (sadly she had small arms) and this gold she had made into 3 bracelets in Hong Kong. For herself she had a bracelet within the type of a snake – Sammy – which you’ll be able to see within the picture.” The three bracelets are nonetheless with family members.

I have no idea who ‘Uncle Jo’ was.

The MyHeritage {photograph} app dates this picture to 1905. My guess of 1907 relies on my nice grandmother’s go to to England in that 12 months. Not one of the sisters look as if they’re anticipating kids. Maybe it was taken in August 1907, after the births of Michael Gillett in July and Man Millett in June.

The {photograph} is evocative of the Edwardian period, with the voluminous hairstyles and the flowery attire considerable with lace. The attire match the interval 1906 to 1908, a minimum of as illustrated in a weblog publish by trend historian Debbie Periods, at:

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This publish was created as a part of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks problem. This week’s theme is “Favorite picture.”

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