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Photographic Orphans 2 November 1, 2013

Posted by Robbie in Orphan Photographs.
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My first foray into reuniting lost photographs with their “families” has had pleasing results.  Rather than rely on someone finding my posts here, on Linked In and in other media, I began a search of Ancestry to see whether I could establish a likely connection.

I found one prospect that looked promising so I sent a private message to the Ancestry Member.  It seems I had struck the right note, as she was connected to the photo’s subject.  She was most intrigued as to how images of a family from the Armidale region of NSW could end up in Melbourne (Armidale is approximately 1350km from Melbourne by road)

The pictures will likely end up in the hands of a researcher who is putting together the Mackay story – I believe his intention is to place his research with either the local Historical Society or Family History Society.  These pictures have a potential home where they will be treasured.

New Orphan Picture



This image is tinged with sadness as it would appear that this young man did not live to see adulthood.  Produced as a postcard sized image (printed postcard details on reverse) The image dates from 1927 and is identified as being of a young man by the surname Merrifield. There is no location given as to where Master Merrifield hailed from – the only clue being that the image was found in Melbourne, Australia.

Please feel free to contact me for further details.




1. Jenn O. - November 2, 2013

I’ve recently been doing the same thing – searching ancestry to try and find relatives to return the photo to. Are you familiar with http://idaphoto.net/? You might try uploading photos there, too.

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