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Labour was desperately needed in 1848, when my Neale ancestors arrived in Moreton Bay. Within a day, they were employed to work on Mr. Alexander Fotheringham’s 40,000 acre cattle station near Killarney, at the headwaters of the Clarence river (now on the NSW-QLD border). It took them weeks to get there on bullock dray. The family lived in one of the shingled slab huts on the station, and this is where my great-grandfather was born.
Although this photo was taken about 20 years later, records from 1850 describe a similar scene; buildings and surrounds. This photo of the main homestead and adjacent huts & barn (none of which survive) needs some tender loving care from a restorer. No colour thanks.

I am not sure what can be rescued from this badly faded photo. It is in desperate need of some magic from you brilliant restorers, if anyone is up to the challenge. I hope you might be able to find some of their faces, without having to reconstruct. No colour required, thanks.

I am also interested in opinions regarding the date of the photo, as I try to work our which daughter this is. Sarah & John married in 1875 in Queensland, and had a huge family over the following 20 years. My current thinking is early-mid 1880s, which would make her their first daughter born in 1877. 
Thanks for your interest.

I would love some tidy up and repair of damage to this photo of my G-Grandfather please. NO COLOUR THANKS.
I know the portrait was taken in the 1880s, but any help to refine this date is welcome. My research puts Kyles photographer at this 29 Newmarket St Address, in Ayr in the 1880s. John was born 1860 and his family were from Troon. In the 1881 census John is living in Ayr, working as a tailor. There is no wedding ring, so it is before 1888 when he married and then moved to Glasgow. It could be an engagement photo (aged about 27), but he has rather a “baby face” and youthful looking hands - so perhaps he is early 20s. Opinions sought. Is it possible to refine the date by his clothes?

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Alice and John, 1888 Queensland
« on: Saturday 10 April 21 07:45 BST (UK)  »
Hello restorers, this one is not too faded (Hooray!), but please, are you able to do a few touch-ups  in spots, and is it possible to get rid of the yellowing splodges on the white dress?
      It is only since I have scanned this photo and have taken a closer look, that I have decided it is a wedding photo. I believe Alice is holding a small bridal bouquet. There are no wedding rings on display, but she is dressed in white. John and Alice married in 1888, Toowoomba - Alice was aged 22, and John 30.
     Alice is the sister to my great-grandmother Mary, whose 1883 wedding photo you restored beautifully here

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Albert & Catherine are fading
« on: Monday 05 April 21 07:34 BST (UK)  »
Dear Restorers, Here’s another faded photo that would benefit from your expert help, to bring back some of the missing detail. No colour required, please.
The couple are my great grandparents (from the German/Danish branch) - Albert and Catherine with 1st child Ann (born 1881), who is riding their pet woolly marsupial bear. It’s a treasured photo, being the only image we have of Albert – it seems my male ancestors were all camera shy.
Thanking you in advance for your interest.

[Historic note: The “woolly marsupial bear” was a favoured family companion in outback Australia in the mid-late1800s, but was generally superseded by the more aggressive “drop-bear” in the early 20th century.]

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Bernard & Maria & family
« on: Saturday 20 March 21 20:33 GMT (UK)  »
Bernard & Maria with children Louis, Bernard jnr & baby Elizabeth – Charters Towers, Central Queensland; ca.1884.
I am afraid this is one of my very faded old photos, and I hope you clever restorers can do something to improve it. I hope it is not too late to rescue the faces of the 2 boys before they disappear. I know nothing can find baby Elizabeth’s face – I suspect she was wriggling, and her face was just a white blur even when the photo was new.

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Grandma Clark
« on: Saturday 20 March 21 02:08 GMT (UK)  »
This is my Grandma Clark born 1894. She looks to be about 2 or 3 years old here. I would love for someone to give her a bit of a clean up please.
Does anyone else think those massive boots look ridiculous – surely too big for her to walk in! Would they have put her into great big boots to help her stand up, and be still for the photo?

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / name of kirk session
« on: Friday 19 March 21 22:26 GMT (UK)  »
Can anyone identify which session is this please. Missing word underlined in red.
New Abbey Church 16 Aug 1818 Post ?... Session

 I think it is probably "Preces" - Latin for prayers. Can anyone confirm?

Free Photo Restoration & Date Old Photographs / Parry Family 1896 Cairns
« on: Saturday 27 February 21 01:17 GMT (UK)  »
The Parry Family ca. 1896, Cairns, North Queensland.
I am hoping someone could do a bit of clean up of this photo.
Martha has some dirty / discoloured marks across her face and torso.
Thanks in advance.

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