A commercial cord-bound looseleaf album (225 × 300 mm), with approximately 500 original photographs (snapshots, mainly 60 × 90 mm to 70 × 110 mm, with some smaller and a few larger); about 20 of them are commercially-produced views of Ulverstone and other Tasmanian localities, but the vast majority are personal family photographs.
Half calf and cloth; leather a little rubbed, cloth slightly worn and a little marked; boards bowed; most of the contents are held in place with photocorners, thus able to be easily (and cleanly) removed; minor signs of use and age; in very good condition.
Approximately 165 photographs have some Salvation Army content: the uniforms, if nothing else, serve to make them stand out. Loosely inserted throughout are torn strips of paper with captions written in ballpoint pen, so clearly from a much later date, but obviously by someone intimately connected with the families whose members and their lives are featured here. Although these slips are relatively few compared with the number of photographs in the album, they are invaluable in enabling us to provide a broad outline of the contents, and a dedicated researcher would be able to piece together a much more detailed history. A quick search online turned up some of the names and places in an obituary for Mrs Louisa Martha Murray in the Launceston 'Examiner' (21 July 1944). Briefly, family names and some individuals identified include Ackley (Edna and Ruth); Bennell; Berry (Carrie, Gladys, Reg and Steve); Gray (Huon and Oliver); and Knop (Archie). Other Salvation Army identities include General Higgins, Adjutant England, Major Ritter, Envoy Walkerton, Brigadier (Poppa) George Clarke, and Commissioner and Mrs McKenzie (William McKenzie, 1869-1947, 'one of the first chaplains ashore at Gallipoli ... [and] one of the most famous men in the AIF, as some dubbed him', according to the 'Australian Dictionary of Biography'). Places identified include Invermay (a suburb close to the centre of Launceston), Beaconsfield and nearby York, and Ranelagh (in the Huon Valley, west of Hobart). Salvation Army halls inside and out, brass bands in action and at ease, women with tambourines, Salvationists pictured alone, or in groups small or large, either informally or in posed compositions ... there is a lot to see here, and we suggest, a lot more to be discovered. The balance of the contents are the usual happy snaps of extended families and friends at work or leisure, and of the local scene. For instance, there are ten or more photographs showing the Tamar in flood and Invermay under water.