Geelong Heritage Centre – this weekend

A great opportunity for locals and out-of-towners to research at the Geelong Heritage Centre this weekend.

As part of the Word for Word Festival the Heritage Centre will be open Saturday AND Sunday this weekend.

SATURDAY: 10am – 5pm

SUNDAY: 10am – 4pm

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Geelong Highland Pipe Band

I’m sure you know the feeling – research something and get totally side-tracked.  Well that’s what happened when I was preparing this blog.

The focus was the date of this photograph.  Clothing is usually a good indicator as to the period of a photograph but not a good clue in this case.

Embossed in the lower right-hand corner was ‘J Lockwood, GEELONG’.  Checking the Geelong & District Photographers web page it showed that J Lockwood was active as a photographer in Geelong from c.1908 to 1931.  I thought I’d found the answer quite easily until I Googled the ‘Geelong Highland Pipe Band’ and found their web site.  Woops!  According to the history of the Band, it used to be called the Comunn na Feinne Society Band until 1935 when it’s name was changed to ‘Geelong Highland Pipe Band’.

The local photographers’ references showed J LOCKWOOD was active until 1931 and from 1932 it was J P LOCKWOOD.  Initially it seemed that perhaps J P was the son of J but not so.  The results of the LOCKWOOD research were puzzling, convoluted and fascinating!

John Porritt HARDMAN was born in Geelong on 26th June 1878 and baptised at Christ Church on 24th July 1879.  His parents were William Moorhouse HARDMAN, Cloth Finisher, born Lancashire, England and Charlotte HARDMAN, nee SHAW, formerly LOCKWOOD, Publican, born Sydney, New South Wales.

John Porritt HARDMAN spent all but 5 years of his life in Geelong.  He supposedly married in Perth in c.1898.  His two oldest children were born in Perth with interesting surnames.  Sylvia Violet LOCKWOOD-HARDMAN was born in 1902 and Cecil Raymond LOCKWOOD-HARDMAN in 1904.  His third child was born in 1907 and baptised in 1909 with the name of Audrey Inez LOCKWOOD-HARDMAN.  The Church Registers of 1909 show his occupation as photographer and both John Porritt and his wife Inez are shown with the surname of LOCKWOOD-HARDMAN.

So was there a question mark over John Porritt’s biological father or ???  In his professional life he reduced his surname to LOCKWOOD.

I certainly wasn’t expecting that sort of side-track but it was definitely an interesting journey.

The bottom line – J LOCKWOOD could have taken the photograph of the Geelong Highland Pipe Band after 1935 when that became the official name of the band.  LOCKWOOD died in 1947 so the image dates between 1935 and 1947.  Can anyone identify any of the members of the band?

Oh – one more minor twist – when he died, John’s name was recorded as John Porritt Hardman Lockwood.

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Can you identify this building?

This image was in the Geelong Family History collection – it had a note on the back that said ‘This may be Little River’.

Have you seen this building before?  Any ideas where it was?  Does it still exist?

Tell us what you can!

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GFHG news and events

thistleDon’t miss the Scottish Roadshow – a special event of the Geelong Family History Group in conjunction with the Scottish Ancestry Group.

If you have Scottish ancestors you won’t want to miss this event being held at the Waurn Ponds Library meeting room on Sunday 23 October 2016.

Download the Roadshow brochure for full details.

All details and a map for Waurn Ponds Library can be found on the Geelong Regional Library website.



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