|Sharon Brennan collection from Peter and Pauline Dawson.|
Before I looked at the back of the photo, I wrote down what I could ascertain from the photo.
- The children in the photo are Chinese.
- There are 2 westerners in the photo.
- One of the men has a queue (plait).
- According to Wikipedia it was compulsory for the men to wear a queue until the 1910's.
- I'm unsure about what is in the sack. Initially I thought it may have been food for the children, but I'm not sure.
- On second thoughts the sack may in fact be part of the clothing of the woman? whose hand is outstretched.
- Some of the children appear to be wearing a name tag.
The writing on the back gives some clues as to who the children were.
Keavefsford children - all over China
brought back from Swalow South China
in baskets from the hold of Ship
20 in all
I'm not sure if I have transcribed this correctly.
My great uncle Ernie worked in Shanghai as a police officer from 1907 until 1912. He would have sent this photo to his brother Peter in Australia.
If there is anyone who knows who Keavefsford? children were I'd love to know. One wonders what happened to them.