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Saturday, 5 October 2013

A trip to a waterfall in the Blue Mountains ... but which waterfall?

Two of the most beautiful photographs of my paternal grandmother, Ellen Maria NORTHCOTE (nee Keneally),were taken of her with her mother and some friends in the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

Ellen (known as Nell or Nellie) in her late life, was born in Sydney in 1893, so my family believes the photographs below were taken between 1910-1913 when Ellen was between 17-20 years of age. She looks older in the first photograph so perhaps this was taken about 1913 when she was 20 whereas she may have only been about 15-16 years of age in the second photo, about 1909-1910.

Below: Ellen Keneally with her mother, Margaret Keneally (nee Butler), Mrs Payne and two children, around 1910-1913 in the Blue Mountains

A close-up photograph of Ellen from the photograph above:

Below: Ellen Keneally with her friend, Addie Armstead, around 1909-1910 in the Blue Mountains

A close-up of Ellen from the photo above:

The main mystery about these photograph is ... where in the Blue Mountains were these photographs taken? From what I have always heard about these photographs, from my family, they were taken either at Katoomba, Wentworth Falls, Hazelbrook or Leura in the Blue Mountains.

On a recent trip to one of my favourite relatives recently in the Blue Mountains, we walked past this beautiful mural of a waterfall. The mural is located at Hazelbrook train station.

 Source of photograph: http://www.bluemts.com.au/ 

I also found this photograph of Bridal Veil Falls at Leura, taken in 1910 which looks quite similar to the place where my grandmother was photographed around 1909-1913.

Source of photograph: http://www.bmcc.nsw.gov.au/library/
and  http://www.flickr.com/photos/blue_mountains_library_-_local_studies/4814704450/
Creative Commons (CC) licence

Can you help me to identify where the two photographs of my grandmother were taken (see the sepia photographs above)? If you can, please email me at mariaseddon@gmail.com


Terrace Falls Hazelbrook - my friend drives past the pic every day (Hazelbrook station) to work and she said that that's where the pic is from

Source of photo online: https://fbcdn-sphotos-b-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-prn1/401450_325632920812948_1948993911_n.jpg