GEOFF DUKE 215
This is Geoff Duke at the Roy Hesketh Circuit in South Africa during
his 1957 tour. Geoff became No.1 in the world at Motorbike racing
This photograph was taken
at the Motte in the Castle grounds during the Summer of 1954.
Few places in Antrim served as a backdrop to so many pictures as the town's
lovely castle grounds! Here we have the girl guides taking advantage of the
leafy glades of the Motte for this portrait taken in the summer of 1954.In
the back row we have Jean Jenkins, Jean McClung, Madeline Fleming, Pasty McClure,
Maeve Harrison and Sadie Stevenson. Myra McMaster, Rosalind Magill, Eileen
Leitch, Frances Coulter and Pearl Hanlon are perched
immediately in front of them. In the third row we have Margaret Mayberry,
Pamela Fleming, Elizabeth Ferguson, Lila Jamison, Margaret Myles, Lily McCormick,
Olive Fleming, Sadie Magill and Isobel Coulter. Just in front of them are
Margaret Nilson, Agnes McBride, Ethel McKee, Sally Forsythe, Isobel Francey,
Jean Russell, Annie McCormick, Ann Knox, Marie Hemings, Doris McIlveen and
May Francey. Finally, at the very
front are Mrs.Burrows, Mrs. Surgenor, Doreen Hamill, Miss McFadden, Joyce
Hanlon, Betty O'Neill, Edith Blair, Ruby McBride, Alice Kirkwood, Georgie
Tosh, Mary Trimble, Jacqueline Trimble, Patricia Donaldson, Liffie Reid and
This group photograph was taken at Nutt's Corner Airport on the 6th May
It is of 1st Antrim ( B ) Company meeting Lady Baden-Powell who was the World
Mave Harrison, Elsie Hamil, Patrica McClure, Rossaleen McGill, Sally Forsythe,
Sentor Mrs. W.E.Greeves.M.B.E. Ulster Chief Commissioner, Lady Baden-Powell,
Mary Heming, Lila Jaminson, Isabell Francy, Myra McMaster, Margaret Mills
& Lily McCormick.
In the back row: Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Olive Fleming
and Rita Craig.
Having a great time are these girls of the Antrim Girls Brigade. Phylis Nicholl,
Unknown, Unknown, Lily Nicholl, Francis McKnight, Unknown, Marie Sharp, Unknown,
Unknown, Unknown, Hazel Chambers, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown and Florence
Also in the picture are Tilly Borris, Jeannie Surgenor, Liffy Reid.and
Mrs Fleming. Date is around 1953..
GEORGE BEST 1830
Here we have dear old George Best with his then wife Angie at a Sabb Sponsorship
at Antrim hockey Club in the 70's.
GIVE US A PUSH 2104
All strapped in and ready to go is Philip Hannan for he has asked his brother
Norman at the end for a push.
Now Norman's not too sure and Gary his other brother is doubtful as well.
On the left is Sharon McQuillan being a good girl.
GENERATION GAP 2105
It's the swinging Sixties and sitting in the chair on the right is Sammy McQuillan
listening to Radio Luxemburg on his portable transistor radio.
Behind him seated at the table is his dad Thomas and his expression tells
you all about the Generation Gap!
GWYNNS TEMPERANCE LOL 419
This is Gwynns Temperance LOL 419 at Antrim and kneeling in front we have
R Preston, E Nicholl, R Lynn, W Williamson (Jnr), E Kelso, M W and D Robinson.
Behind are S Clarke, N Young, D Lynn, R Ward, F Logan, J Robinson, Ian Johnston,
K White, J Hume, E Shaw, W Young, G Law and finally W Johnston.
GRAHAM'S BLACKSMITH SHOP
This is Graham's Blacksmith Shop which was torn down to make way for the roundabout
leading to Belfast International Airport.
GRAHAM WEDDING 2744
Here we are during WWII when this wedding photograph was taken at High Street
Presbyterain Church in High Street Antrim.
In the back row you can just see Davey Quigley, then the minister Rev William
Mitchell, Elizabeth Quigley and Mrs Graham.
The Best man is Unknown, the Groom is Mr Graham, the Bride is Lilian Quigley
of 59 Fountain Street and the Bridesmaid is her sister Francis Quigley
GIFFEN WEDDING 1851
This is Roy Giffen the Groom with his Bride Elizabeth Giffen going off on
honeymoon after their wedding 1972.
GIFFEN CHILDREN 1852
Just back from holidays and you tell where they were by Charmaine's cap in
On her left is her brother Dean, and her sister Elizabeth is on her right.
GIFFEN FAMILY 1846
Proudly standing with his daughter Agnes in his arms is Roy Griffen along
with his wife Elizabeth in 1974.
Taken standing in their garden at and behind them a true Volkswagen Beetle.
Seen here visiting their Grandmother Adelade Kinzett who is standing outside
her home in 1936.
We have on the left Moria Mackreth and on the right her sister Kay Mackreth.
GORDON WEDDING 1919
This wedding photograph was taken in 1914 and the Groom was of Tom Gordon
and the Bride Margaret Nesbitt.
At the back on the left is Unknown, then her brother James Nesbitt, Miss Burnside
and Father James Nesbitt. Seated are her brother Robert Nesbitt, her husband
Tom Gordon, herself Margaret Nesbitt and finally her mother Margaret Jane
Margaret's parents were not happy about the wedding as they belived their
daughter was marrying beneath her station.
They emigrated to New Zealand and lived a very happy life and ironically Tom
became a very rich man in his own right.
GANG HUT 1624
Showing off the finished building of his gang hut back in 1947 when he was
ten is Beresford McCabe.
No electric drills or saws then not even a hammer all you needed was a hachet
to cut the wood and the other end to hammer in the nails.
This group of people are at the moment are unknown to me although some of
the faces are familar and the building behind them is also unknown.
The photograph was taken in the 1920's the style of dress dictates it as the
lady seated third from the left is dressed in a Charleston dress with a headband.
NIGHT OUT 1735
Being photographed on a girls night out
we have from the left. Ena Fleming, Julia Hannan, Nellie Hannan, Kake Reford,
Mary Fleming and Kathleen Beggs.
GRANNY CARSON 1734
Seen here with a twinkle in her eye is Granny Carson getting her photograph
GRANDAD CARSON 1733
This is Grandad Carson having his Portrait photograph taken.
GEOFF DUKE 1579
The motorbike rider is Geoff Duke and he is getting the bike checked by the
Norton tuner, manager Joe Craig from Ballymena in 1951.
Where they are is at the end of Quakers Town Road on the Seven Mile Straight.
This is where many race teams came to tune the bikes and test them. Now the
roads were not closed for them to test the bikes and this is the reason for
the registration number plate, this allowed them to go on the public roads.
The man looking on intently on the right is Harry McDowell from the Seven
Mile Straight, beside him is the local Blacksmith Billy Porter. The man behind
Geoff Duke is supposed to be Hall Coleman who lived on Quakers Town Road.
This is Bobby Wylie and Alice Cubritt all dressed up and going to a neighbours
wedding in 1967.
Family gatherings are usually for special occasions and so is this one for
it was for Gary Hannan was three months old and had just been Christened.
On the left at the back is Sammy McQuillan, Doris McQuillan, Lilian McQuillan,
Carol McMurtry, Norman McQuillan and Ann McQuillan.
In the middle are Thomas McQuillan, May Hannan holding her newly Christened
son Gary and then Elizabeth McQuillan.
In front are Elsie and Jim McQuillan.
GLASGOW GREEN 1461
The year is 1973 and here in Scotland they are at the field on the 12th July.
The two drummers are William Baird and Nigel Crossey who have come over from
Antrim with the Ballycraigy band.
I don't think that there is anything more wonderful than a Grannys' smile
- especially if youre a child for you know it's full of love and tenderness.
The same goes for Granny Lennon outside her house in Oriel road - you just
want to rush into her arms and get a big hug. The year is unknown.
All hands at the ready to start picking the gooseberries in the back garden
at the Folly in 1923.
On the left is Agnes Scott, Ellen McElrea and the other three are unknown.
GILLESPIE WEDDING 1408
All smiles for the camera in this group photograph of Ivan Gillespie's Wedding
In the group is Mr Rodgers and his wife, the rest including the Bride, Bridesmaid,
Best man and year are unknown.
GILLESPIE WEDDING 1407
Here we have Ivan Gillespie with his charming wife on their Wedding Day.
The bridesmaid and the Best man along with the date are unknown.
Getting their photograph taken at J. Phillips Studio of Royal Avenue Belfast
On the left is John McCabe and his good friend Hugh Jackson both from Antrim.
Later on they both got married, had families and ended up grandfathers, John
to Anna McCabe and Hugh to Betty Steele.
GORTAGALLON PRIMARY SCHOOL
This is the class of 1939 outside their school which is Gortagallon near Crumlin.
Standing at the back are George Duncan, Victor Henry, Bob Duncan,
Rosaline Addis, Kenneth Henry, Billy Addis and Roy Courtney. In Front seated
are David Hamilton, Eileen Rankin, Jean Duncan, Muriel McCartney, Clarisse
McCartney, Elizabeth Logan, Betty Courtney and Jim Logan. Seated on the ground
are Herbert Henry, Frank Courtney and Alan McCartney.
WEDDING DAY 1061
This is Tom Gordon and his Bride Margaret Nesbitt on their wedding day 1914
in New Zealand.
First we rewind time to when Tom and Margaret fell in love and starting courting,
Margaret's family objected due to Tom being of a lower station, Tom then left
and emigreated to New Zealand. Margaret however was not going to be parted
from her true love and so she joined Tom in New Zealand
six weeks later. They then got married six weeks after that and lived a very
happy life and ironically Tom became a very rich man in his own right.
Now that's what I call a "Love Story".
GREAT PALS 079
This portraiture is of Alexander Irvine and his great pal Jack London back
Jack London was the instigator of getting Alexander Irvine to write and earn
money from it.
GREEN FAMILY 462
This beautifully composed shot is of renowned photographer William Alfred
Green and his wife Mary 9nee Shemeld) and their son Foster. It was taken back
in 1914, just before Alfred took up residence at the Belfast Road in Antrim.
His decision to relocate to the town was lucky for local historians, for his
pictures from this period have become valuable historical documents. Sadly
he died in 1958 at the age of 88, but his work lives on. His former home also
bears a plaque commemorating his enduring contribution both to local life
and the art of photography.
Sitting in a field in September 1955 on the farm of Mr. R. A.H. Wilson which
was at Greenacres, Oldstone, Muckamore.
We have Patricia Wilson who is holding on to a lamb in each arm that were
born in August.
GIRL GUIDES 585
Here we have a relaxed shot of 1st Antrim Girl Guides takin in the Castle
Grounds in the summer of 1954. The young ladies are actually
taking a bit if a rest after scaling the Motte. Starting from the left we
have, Sadie Stevenson, Marie O'Neill, Margaret Wilson, Edith Blair,
Joan Russell, Annie McCormick, Isobel Coulter, Alice Kirkwood and May Francey.
ANTRIM TOURIST ADVISOR
Here we are back in the time when Antrim's Hotels were full of visitors eager
to see and visit the sights.
Some did not have to go very far to enjoy a tour round Antrim with their very
own Antrim Tourist Adviser.
Davy Gaynor was one of these advisors and made sure they went home with wonderful
memories, but back then everything was prim and proper.
The girl by the way was from Lancashire and was called Flo Buxom.
GEOFF DUKE 1854
This is Geoff Duke as he hurtles up the seven mile straight on his Norton
Sitting on the bunker which was the usual meeting place on the Steeple Road
waiting for their mates to appear to enjoy a good nights craic we have William
McClenaghan and Sammy Fletcher. The year is unknown.
GIRL MEETS BOY 1075
Hello I'm Hazel the Ladle Campbell and this shy boy is my best friend James
the Moley Craig.
We love playing in the snow here at Muckamore Village and it's 1953.
GORDON NEESON 124
Standing outside Rosegift Cottage is Gordon Neeson in 1931. Note the buttons
at the tops of his short trousers, this was for your braces instead of wearing
a belt. Gordon was ten then and had still another 3 years to go before he
would be allowed to wear long trousers. That was for every young boy back
then, even I wore them till I was 13 and that was in 1955! I don't think we
would get to many boys now doing that.
GIRL GUIDES 524
This photograph of the Guides was taken at Nutt's Corner Airport on the 6th
May 1955. It is of 1st Antrim ( B ) Company who were waiting to meet Lady
Baden-Powell who was the World Chief Guide.
The guide on the right is Lila Jamison and some of the rest of the Guides
there are called Mave Harrison, Sentor Mrs. W.E.Greeves.M.B.E. Ulster Chief
Commissioner, Moria McMaster, Margaret Mills, Fleming and Lily McCormick.
GERALD FOREBERG 828
On the left is Adam Gillespie welcoming Gerald Foreberg to Hall's Hotel in
1959 after his historic Lough Neagh swim. He swam some 20 miles in the Lough
from the South West to the North East, Gerald Foreberg as you can see is still
in his swiming gear and looking forward to a nice hot bath.
GRACE GARDNER 2213
Here we have a lovely photograph of a young lady standing in a garden holding
a beautiful bouquet of flowers. As you can see she is wearing leather gloves
with a single button to close them and the chain around her neck has a moon
shaped pendant with it.
On the back of the photograph was the words "Yours
Sincerely Grace Gardner. May 1918".
The Inspection of the Girls Brigade is taking place in Church
Streeet in 1950.
Hazel Campbell the Antrim brigade leader is with Lady McDermont who has just
passed Doris Blackbourne
and is approaching Elizabeth Green.
GETTING A LIFT 1048
A summer's day in 1939 and Maud, Anne, Rita and Jack Agnew are off with Tommy
Allen to get the coal off the lorry
which had broken down and deliver it to the customers waiting. So you see
modern transport isn't as reliable as the good old horse and cart!
GALBRAITH PUB 1238
This the Galbraith Pub on the Seven Mile Straight road at the corner of the
Old Ballyrobin Road, the year is unknown.
On the left we have the son William Galbraith, then his father Thomas Galbraith,
mother Annie Galbraith and finally his sister Violet Galbraith.
The pub went on to become known as the Barley Corn pub and the goose by the
way doesn't have a name.
GIRLS FRIENDLY 270
This was a girls day out from Antrim to Portrush.
Front Row: Pauline Carson, Ellie Fleming, Rene Richie, Nora Hannon,
Jean McClendrick, Mary Fleming, Jean McMurray, Dorothy Allen, Dorothy Kelly,
Edith Allen and Edith Rankin.
Middle Row: Annie Fleming, Kathleen Bates, Martha Wallace, Nellie
Hannon, Aggie Hannon, Margaret Rankin, Mena Wallace, Dorothy Clarke, Mrs.
Collis and Joy Fleming,
Back Row: Marjory Law, Margaret Carson, Jeannie Burrowes, Eve Carson,
Unknown, Sis Rankin, Jean Allen, Ruby Taylor and Unknown.
GIRLS BRIGADE 407
This inspection was taking place in Church street in 1950.
The girl in the foreground is Doris Blackbourne, the Leader is Hazel Chambers
who is walking with Lady McDermont as she inspects them.
The rest of the girls are unknown at the moment.
GRAHAM'S ORCHARD 256
Picking the apples in the orchard are Lizzie Lynn nee
Armour and Miss Graham in the 1925.
This orchard was on the New Park Road and stretched as far as the Greystone
GREENMOUNT HOUSE 186
Robert Thompson rebuilt the manor house in 1820 at Greenmount
and it was surrounded by 200 acres of estate. By the 18th century the family
had Bleach mills on the estate and other businesses not only in Ireland
burt as far away as the West Indies. This made them powerful enough in the
area to challenge the local aristocraties, the Massereene family by standing
for election. In 1910 the estate was purchased from the family by the Department
of Agriculture, fitted out as an Agricultural College and opened its doors
in 1912 with eleven students. Students still study here today. Dated 1952.
This photograph was taken in the Prodestant Hall in Railway
Street and they are performing an Operatta.
B.Row: Nora Hannan, Unknown, Unknown, Evelene Kissick, Peg McBurney,
Agnes Hannan, Isobel Wallace, Hetty lennon, Joy Fleming, Ann Millar, Unknown,
Unknown, Unknown, Betty Holmes, Unknown, Unknown, Betty Stevenson and Eva
The rest of the cast and the year are unknown. A Mrs. Lizzie McKeen used to
organize these shows.
GIRLS BRIGADE 406
This photograph was taken in the old Methodist Church
which is now a furniture shop, back in 1954.
B.Row: May Gaynor, Martha McDonald, Eileen ?, Frances McKnight, Doris Blackbourne,
Eileen Cupples and Margaret Scott.
3rd Row: Anne Graham, Florence McNeilly, Dorothy Steele, Elizabeth Steele,
Marie Sharp, Shirley Carson, Milly Muffet, Margaret Allen, Hazel Cahmbers
& Mrs. Telford.
2nd Row: Phylis Luke, Kathleen Craig and Lily Nicholl the rest are unknown.
F.Row: Alison Coulter, Stella Lynn, Helen Nicholl, Jennifer Allen, Marie
Sharp, Helen Coulter, Eva Rea, Pearlie Coulter and Margaret Baird.
The baby was Mrs. Telford and was called Arnold. The photograph was taken
by Cyril W Love, who also took a lot of wedding photos in Antrim at that
My thanks to Marie Collie nee Sharp for this
GIRLS BRIGADE 409
Walking down Castle Street is 1st Antrim Company on Youth
Sunday 1954, carrying the colours is Florence McNeilly, behind her is Helen
Nicholl, then the leader Hazel Chambers and behind her in the centre is
Doris Blackbourne, the rest are unknown and the Brew office is in the background.
My thanks to Marie Collie nee Sharp for this
GREAT PALS 1831
Seen here at Antrim Hockey Club in the 70's the chap on the left is unknown
but the other two are. It's Jackie Fulereton and George Best.
GIRLS BRIGADE DISPLAY
This young girl certainly got the girls' Brigade off
to a flying start! The rising star is called Stella, while the man with
the job of trying to bring her down to earth is none other than our own
Bobby McVeigh - while walking off in the background to the left is Lily
Nicholl. Sitting in the audience at the Protestant Hall
in Railway Street to the right is the Rev. K. Hawkins with Brown Owl, Mrs.
Carson. The man behind the Rev in a white shirt is Frank Sharp and next
to him is his wife Mary.
The date is unknown.
My thanks to Marie Collie nee Sharp for this
GIRLS BRIGADE 431
This is the Girls Brigade and these must be the new recuits,
none of their names are known at the moment.
The G.B. Leader to the right is called Hazel Chambers.The date is unknown.
GIRLS BRIGADE DISPLAY
Date, People and Place are all unknown.
MOTOR CAR PERMIT 2676
This is Andrew Graham's driving license in 1919. Andrew who was 35, worked
for George Reid, the managing director of York Street Flax Spinning Mill.
In the beginning it was horses and Andrew drove his boss around in a horse
and carriage which eventually gave way to the motor car.
Andrew not only had this permit but his boss had one and when ever Andrew
was driving on his own he had to have the bosses permit as well to show he
was allowed to drive the car.