Lost but Found:: Mystery woman photos
I’m currently in the process of digitising the whole album
Huge Thanks to Helen (a Courier reader from Mt Helen) for helping me with identification of this beautiful photograph!!
The Mystery Woman features in a series of old photographs purchased at an auction in Ballarat in 2012.
These fascinating photographs were taken by her from 1904 through to the 1960s. I am trying to find out who she was.
What I know is the woman worked as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse and travelled all around the world. She visited Malaysia in 1939 where almost certainly one of her two sons Walter (Hill) worked as a radio telegrapher. Her second son, Arthur Hill features in this photograph below:
Niagara Falls, San Francisco on the SS Orduna, Honolulu, India, England and Indonesia are some of the locations she has also visited.
She also photographed Australian soldiers in the Peace Procession in London in 1919, the Imhof family in the United States, worked in Balwyn’s “Highlow” House for returned WWI soldiers and there is also a wedding photograph from a Frank Zaetta photo studio in Mildura.
Looking at the photos, she travelled to so many places and really had a great photographic eye.
As a photographer and a collector, I cannot let these photographs go forgotten, undiscovered, unnamed.
Can you help?
A selection of ten photographs are on display in an exhibition, Lost But Found at The Forge Pizzeria as part of the Ballarat International Foto Biennale.