|SHAW FAMILY ALBUMS
Many of the photo albums of the families of my great grandfather Herbert Shaw and my great grandmother Caroline Mary Shaw (nee Hale) have survived and until the late 1990s were in the care their daughter, my great aunt Mary Shaw. When she moved to a nursing home they were distributed around the family. Over a few years I've scanned most of them and have recorded what captions were available. Many of the photos now appear on this web site and the intention is to make them available to anyone who is interested and to seek help in identifying the people and places they show.
They include the personal albums of Alfred Shaw, Herbert Shaw, Caroline Mary Shaw and Lavinia Shaw. The photos begin with a few from the 1860s and span four generations of the family until the 1920s. Apart from the many of early Melbourne there are views of rural Victoria, Perth and Collie in the west and Tasmania. Included are shots of a number of Melbourne houses still standing, some of which are now considered of heritage value. There is a comprehensive record from around 1890 of the interior and exterior of Chevy Chase in Brighton. Its neighbour Hiawatha (also Ratho Park then later St John of God Hospital) also appears. There are views of and from Ercildoune (formerly Segovia) in Auburn Road, Hawthorn shortly after it was built.
The restrictions of my web hosting arrangement haven't allowed me to put all the photos on the site but this will probably change as time goes on and storage gets cheaper. For the time being the I've had to reduce the resolution a bit but can provide higher-res copies on request. I'm also slowly adding the captions and any other information to the metadata of each photo which should help save them from falling into the sink of unidentified sepia.