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Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« on: Tuesday 20 February 18 01:56 GMT (UK) »
These two photos were found in an old family album which used to belong to my 2nd cousin 1 x removed Nellie Constance McCallum (nee Willcox) 1906-1947. We are trying to identify the three people as shown. The family lived in Christchurch, New Zealand so we presume the photos were taken in NZ.

Nellies parents were born about 1880 so presumably her 'Uncle' would have been born about the same time ??

One photo has handwritten title "Uncle Robert" and the other "Uncle, Aunty and Steve". The only Robert I've found so far in the family died at age 42 so clearly not the elderly gent in these photos.

I'm wondering if we can narrow down our search if someone can put a date on the clothes worn by younger man Steve, or perhaps identify his lapel badge. It looks a little like the New Zealand Returned Services Association badge but I could be wrong.

Any help or suggestions gratefully received. Thanks, John B
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Re: Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« Reply #1 on: Tuesday 20 February 18 23:29 GMT (UK) »
Hello.

A scan croped to just the badge at the highest resolution available to you may help.

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Re: Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« Reply #2 on: Tuesday 20 February 18 23:36 GMT (UK) »
Mmm ...  NZ RSA was founded in 1916 (by wounded Gallipoli soldiers).   ???

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Re: Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« Reply #3 on: Tuesday 20 February 18 23:55 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for suggestion Alan, but I'm afraid there's no more detail.  :(

Thanks for that date Lu, it might help to narrow down our search.
Barraclough, Barron, Hunter, Marsden, Pawson, Sowden, Street, Vowless,

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Re: Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« Reply #4 on: Wednesday 21 February 18 20:25 GMT (UK) »
Hello again John.

Sorry I was not understood. Assuming the photo is in your pocession.

Find someone with the ability to scan in the range of 300 dpi or above. Save to and transport on a memory stick or email between email addresses.

Quite common for newer scanners to be up to 1,200 dpi these days, but with the RC posting limit of 500Kb per image up lift, the area scanned has to be quite small. At 300 to 600 dpi scan of the area covered only by the badge, should give researchers something to work with, even if they have to photo edit with their enhansing tools. Beats me how they do it, but they are a very capable bunch, and produce excellent results, all for just a pat on their back, and the occasional choclate fish image.

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Re: Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« Reply #5 on: Wednesday 21 February 18 20:44 GMT (UK) »
Thanks for suggestions Alan.

I see the photo sent to me was taken with a mobile phone at 72dpi resolution, so I'm sure a higher resolution scan might reveal more. Don't know why I didn't think of that!

I'll see if that can be arranged.

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Re: Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 22 February 18 19:43 GMT (UK) »
Definitely an original style RSA badge. My Grand-dad's is the same.
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Re: Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« Reply #7 on: Saturday 24 February 18 04:42 GMT (UK) »
Many Thanks for that confirmation, Whenu.

We are now narrowing down the possibilities and think the photo was probably taken early 1920's.

I'm trying to get more details on a Stephen Vowless who was wounded 1916. I have some details already from Army Casualty Lists.

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Re: Uncle Robert, Aunty and Steve in New Zealand.
« Reply #8 on: Sunday 25 February 18 08:51 GMT (UK) »
Hello John.

If a Reuben VOWLESS who went to school 1880's at Cambridge NZ fits in somewhere, I might be able to find a lady I once helped to look up the name. She resently retired up North but I could look into finding her.

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