Three identified in historic Lindt photos as project ends
THE Breimba: Looking for You project has ended in success with three people identified in the Lindt photographs.
Researchers Annika Korsgaard and Roberta Skinner have also laid down the ground work that may lead to five or six more identities if there is a future project or other people interested in pursuing their own paths of inquiry.
The project's conclusion was celebrated with a closing ceremony yesterday at the Grafton Regional Gallery.
The 'green carpet' (gum leaf trail) was laid down to greet visitors who were treated to a morning tea and performance by South Grafton High School Guja Murra dance group and didgeridoo player by Oral Monaghan.
Sisters Jo-Anne and Wendy Clarke, who were identified as Mary Ann of Ulmarra's great-granddaughters flew up from Sydney for the event.
Research assistant Roberta Skinner said given the difficulty of the task, she was surprised to even identify one person.
"It is sad the project has ended because I won't be able to dig into the history behind the photos anymore," Ms Skinner said.
"The project was great because it brought the community together. Community members tried to discover the identity of the people in the Lindt photos through their own local knowledge."
Ms Skinner said she spent a lot of time over the past seven months at Schaeffer House Museum looking through old photographs.
"No one has done as much in-depth research as Annika and I have," she said.
"We are both very happy with what we uncovered."
KING HARRY NEVILLE
KING Harry of Swan Creek was known from artist Ken Orchard's previous research. After comparing a photo found at the State Library of NSW, Orchard confirmed Harry's identity.
Research assistant Roberta Skinner also found another photo of King Harry in a Nymboida history book.
Harry Neville was born in 1825 and died in 1915 at age 90. This makes him about 48 in the Lindt photo.
MARY ANN WILLIAMS (NEE COWAN)
MARY Ann's great-granddaughter, Jo-Anne Clarke of Sydney, saw the research project online.
She recognised Mary Ann and sent an email to lead researcher Annika Korsgaard with photos of her great-grandmother when she was older.
Mary Ann died on May 12, 1935 aged 86. Her death certificate says she died of senility.
Her head stone was not found.
ARTHUR'S identity is confirmed in a prison photo taken in 1877, three years after the Lindt photo.
Arthur had a history of violence, having stabbed a police officer. He was imprisoned for rape twice, at Ulmarra and Swan Creek. He was noted in a newspaper as being a menace to the locals. Ulmarra man Roy Bowling said Arthur could have worked for James Devlin, where he got his name.