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Face to face with the past


A very special display of photographs at Five Dock Library provides a wonderful glimpse into family life in Drummoyne in the early 1900s.

The photographs were taken by Bessie May Selfe (1882-1969) using a glass plate camera. Glass plate images are extremely stable so the images are sharp and clear. Local Studies was able to obtain copies of the photographs through the generosity of Rosalind Strong, Bessie’s granddaughter, who loaned the 66 glass negatives to be digitised and added to Canada Bay Connections.

The photograph above shows Bessie Selfe, on the right, with her cousin Norma Selfe.

The display coincides with the National Trust Heritage Festival and is on view at Five Dock Library until 28 April 2013. It’s then on display at Concord Library from 30 April until 10 May.

A fascinating account of the Selfe family by Rosalind Strong has been posted below in comments.