What a cool word for this week's Sepia Saturday. Moustachinations is a word I've never actually heard of before. I've heard of "mo" and "tache" and then all the other facial hair descriptions like "flavour saver" and "goatie."
Anyway, the following photo is of a lot of moustachioed men which used to fascinate me as a teenager. It is what began my research into the family tree. I started this at 15 years old, rather young! I firstly asked my Grandma many questions about who was in the photos and then stories about their wives, children and general lives came out. My Mum had done a bit of this with her own Grandma and had a small notebook of information. I also asked my Great Grandma (who was in her 80s and 90s) many questions about her childhood and wrote them down on scraps of paper, which have eventually turned into this blog. This blog is even named after my Great Grandma!
My family are just a general run of the mill family, but the fact we have the most amazing family photo collection, has really sparked my imagination into life. Just look at this photo for example. The men look dapper and almost self important. The old man standing in the middle at the back is my 3 x great grandfather Jabez Lord who came from a poor family of weavers back in Yorkshire. His father was in jail in 1841 in the Wakefield House of Corrections. What he was in there for, I have not yet been able to discover, but every census record shows Jabez with other family members, not his own parents. Jabez travelled many thousands of miles to start a new life in Canterbury, New Zealand arriving in 1860 on the Clontarf and did very well for himself. He probably did better than he ever imagined, owning and running his own farm. When he sold up and retired to town, he was a wealthy man compared to his family back home.
The other people in the photo are his family. Click here for a list of names.
I think this photo was taken right on the year 1900, probably because it was a year that had a ring about it and seems to tally with the people in the photo. The photo had "Bealey Street" written on the back. Fred Lord, son of Jabez lived at 112 Bealey Street, Christchurch, New Zealand and we think that the photo is taken outside this house which no longer exists. Note the croquet sticks and tennis rackets - truly rich men's sports. The photo really reflects a family that seemed proud of itself - but hopefully not conceited. From my Grandma's stories of them, they seem very kind, hardworking and respectable people.
I think these are the best bunch of taches I have ever seen! What do you think?