MASSEREENE ARMS HOTEL 857
How splendid the Hotel looks in May 1931 and sitting outside on the cane furniture are two ladies, one is reading a paper, is it the Antrim Guardian?
The gentleman is looking at the camera and obviously a tourist, above his head is a sign advertising Bass Blue label. Just down from him is a weighing
machine for the health conscious and in the window they are advertising tours round Ireland for four pounds, six shillings and no pence.
The shop to the left of the ladies is Peter Conway's and in the stand he has china goods for sale, you can also see postcards hanging up. Now if you were
the person that took this photo, as long as you left it into Peter before 8pm you could collect it the next day by 6pm and printed on Kodak paper.
MASSEREENE ARMS HOTEL 195
This was part of the dance area and over to your right you can see a piano which has lights on it.
Next to the fireplace on the wall is a black spot this is a push bell to summon a waiter.
In front of the fire place is a padded fender which was lovely to sit on next to a warm fire on a winter's night.
Date of the photograph is unknown.
MASSEREENE ARMS HOTEL 194
This is the lounge area and you can see that cane furniture must have been the in thing.
The walls were covered in oak panelling and over to the left against the wall you can see a beautifully carved bench and chair.
Moving on round to your right there is the Telephone Kiosk and also a Letterbox to post your cards and letters.
Next is a weighing machine and moving up the stairs you will see a very large full length mirror.
Date of the photograph is unknown.
MASSEREENE ARMS HOTEL 858
As you can see the Hotel was opened in 1754 and then was regarded as the finest hotel of its kind in Antrim. After all they had room to stable eight horses whereas the Kings Arms Hotel had only four post horses. It was also used by the military officers as their headquarters during the Battle of Antrim in 1798.
The year this photograph was taken is unknown.
MASSEREENE ARMS HOTEL 674
The view of Hall's Hotel shows a section jutting out over the Sixmilewater river.
This was apparently the band and dance room area, the year is unknown.
McCABES 1790
Parked in the alley and having filled the van from the back of the butcher's shop in Castle Street in 1964. Robin McCabe has one last check before moving of to do his rounds. Back then, people had Beard, Milk, Grocery and Butcher delivery vans calling at your door, it was basically a shop on wheels. No need to worry about it being fresh, it was certainly that, none of your frozen stuff then.
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MASSEREENE STREET 069
The funeral hearse was the first motorised hearse that James Baird had. He is the man with the top hat on and the year was 1933.
They are just coming out of Massereene Street onto Bridge Street turning towards High Street. On the Right corner was the Cova Inn.
Jim Baird (grandson) told me that the motors when they came back were jacked up and a man cleaned the underneath of them.
GRANDMOTHERS PRIDE & JOY 2604
Standing outside her homein February 1936 is Granny Clarke holding her Pride and Joy, Kathleen and Alice McAteer aged 8 months.
A DAY OUT AT THE RACES 2649
Out for the day at the races and enjoying themselves are Brian Murphy and David Ceaser.
I hope Brian didn't get the weather he was expecting with his umbrella, Duffell coat and polo neck jumper.
The one thing I do love and it brings back memories, the "Flares!"
MASSEREENE STREET 241
Standing outside their house in Massereene Street are in front Samuel Wallace, behind May Wallace, to her right is Jimmy Wallace and the two men either side are unknown. Date of the photograph is unknown.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 799
Here we have the class of 1952 at Massereene National School decked out in all their glory for the annual summer photograph. In the back row we have Ivan Topping, Alan Molloy, Ronald Nicholl, Unknown, Francis Jackson, Unknown, Leslie Wallace, John McElrea aged 8, and Walter Coles.
All smiles in the middle row (from left) Unknown, Unknown, Brian Steele, Unknown, Edith McCullough, Irene Barnes, Mary Crosson, David Costello, Unknown, Unknown and Mrs.Wilson (Teacher).
Looking all coy and shy in the front row (from left) are Audrey Keith, Evelyn Dawson, Teresa Kelly, Betty Nicholl, Betty McCrum, Carol Magee, Audrey Dunlop, Edna Allen, Pat Cummings, Joy Charters, Colleen Tether, and Hilary Hanlon.
MASSEREENE STREET 245
Here's Jimmy Wallace on a motorbike in the lane at the back of Massereene street.
He is sitting astride a " New Hudson" possibly model 31 with a side valve engine producing 46cc.
In the background you can see a hen, it was one of many belonging to Mrs.Allen.
Date of the photograph is unknown. The information on the bike was given to me by Mr. Sankie.
MADDEN FAMILY 2222
Sitting on top of their parents Vauxhall car we have Lousie and Eugene Madden at their home in Springfarm in 1960.
Making sure they don't fall while getting their photograph taken is their mum Ceila Madden.
MASSEREENE STREET 244
All set and ready to go but not on the motorbike is Katherine Wallace in the lane at the back of Massereene Street. Katherine was just going to Church as it was a Sunday.
Date of the photograph is unknown.
MADDEN CHILDREN 2221
Too young to drive but hoping to go for a ride is Louise and Eugene Madden in 1960 standing beside a Vauxhall car at their home in Springfarm.
Mr MAGOWAN 2599
The Merchant Navy, God Bless them for without them during the war we would have starved and had no weapons to defend ourselves. Mr Magowan is one of these brave young men who survived while others paid the ultimate sacrifice.
MASSEREENE BRASS AND REED BAND 175
At the moment no one recognizes any of the members but I do have a list of names and the instruments they received.
Bob McKeown - 1 Clarinet. James Johnston - 1 Flute, 2 Piccolos. John Murphy - 2 Clarinets. Thomas Johnston - 1 Clarinet. John Albright - 2 Clarinets. Fred Moffet - 1 Clarinet. Mr.Reid - 1 Clarinet. Mr.Brennan - 3 Clarinets, 1 Alto Clarinet, 2 French Horns, 1 Cornet, 1 Bassoon. V. Clarke - 1 Cornet. J.Dougall - 1 Cornet. H. Dougall - 1 Cornet. Mr.Clarke - 1 Cornet. Mr.Harkness - 1 Cornet. W.Burnett - 1 Cornet. W.McDonnely - 1 Cornet and 1 Horn. Mr.Burrowes - 1 Horn. Mr.Moody - 1 Silver Plated Baritone, 1 Side Drum. J.Carson - 1 Baritone. B.Reid - 1 Baritone. E.Johnston - 1 Baritone. Mr.Simpson -1 Valve Trombone. Stephen Rainey - 1 Slide Trombone. James Wilson - 1 Slide Trombone. Mr.Dougall - 1 Bass. Mr.Duekey - 1 Double Bass. Mr Burrowes - 1 Double Bass. L.Thompson - 1 Bass Drum. Mr.Quigley - 1 Side Drum. They also acquired 19 Band Stands. The date of the photograph is around 1913 and was in the Antrim Castle Gounds near to their band room.
IN THE GARDEN 2602
Sitting in her back garden enjoying the sun is McAteer and visiting her back in 1952 is her grandson Liam McAteer.
MASSEREENE BRASS AND REED BAND 068
Photographed at the back of Orr Memorial School in High Street in 1919.
Back Row: Harry Brennan, Willie Baird, Bertie Reid Snr, Tommy Simpson, John Murphy, Willie Donnelly, Henderson?
Middle Row: Willie Dougal, Jim Johnston, Bertie Thompson, Willie Burrowes, Johnny Dougal, Hutchy Dougal, Jimmy Hanman, Billy Wallace, Jim Wilson.
Front Row: Bob Baird, Henry Burrowes, Nat Clarke, Willie Bell (Band Master), Jimmy Carson, Willie Reid.
Ground Row: Tommy Thompson, Willie Quigiley.
PATRICIA McATEER 2603
This little bonney girl back in 1945 after the war was sitting on the garden wall having her photograph taken.
Now this 3 year old with her gentle smile and tender eyes has not changed one bit, the only difference is, Patricia McAteer not does not wear bows in her hair now!
McCOMB CHILDREN 2318
Here we are in a photographic Studio back in 1922 and these are the McComb children.
Holding the little Terrier dog with the lead is Sam McComb and beside him is his big sister Kathy holding her handbag.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 975
Standing proud and all hands clasped we have from Massereene National School in 1950 the Junior Boys team who have just won the Craig Challenge Cup for team speaking at Ballymena Festival.
At the back are Unknown, Alan Gillespie, Gavan Rea, Harry Clarke, Noel McKee and the teacher holding the cup Mr. Giffen.
In front are Unknown, Bobby Paisley, Arthur Walsh, Raymond Lynn, Brian Crawford and Sammy Wallace
KAY McATEER 2601
Standing in her back garden in 1934 all dressed up to go out is Kay McAteer.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM 161
This is the first team eleven in 1951.
Back Row: Sammy Ferguson, Norman Young, Bobby Pasley, Unknown, Billy Patterson and Sammy Coyle.
Front Row: Noel McVeigh, James Patterson, Derek McCabe, Noel McKee and Fred Charters. James Patterson was also a School Boy International Player for Northern Ireland.
This information was supplied by Wendy Patterson.
The School Principal was Mr.W.E. Charles, I have been told from one who had experienced this first hand that he was a very good at caning, he could flick the cane while he was caning you !
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM 401
Here we have Massereene National School football team of 1953.
Standing are Harold Marcus, Mervyn Cummings, Roy Jackson, Sammy Wallace, Crawford Carson, Herbie Napier, Henry Jones and Mr. Charles
Seated we have Dan Barnes, John Kelly, Sammy Young, David Bolton, Alec McDonald and Harry Kelly.
MARY MITCHELL 2556
This is Mary Mitchell having her photograph taken, although it can't be seen Mary's hair was her pride and joy which was down to her thighs!
The book Mary is looking at is a book showing all the different poses and backgrounds that the customers could ask for and do.
MARY JACKSON 1140
This is Mary Jackson with the pram outside the house at Balloo. The Year is unknown.
MY MUM 2134
This is Mrs Joesphine Wallace with her daughter Maire in 1971. The photograph is slightly blurred due to the photographers hands shaking, I wonder why?
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM 277
This photograph was taken in 1949 at the front of the school.
From the left back row: Master Griffen, Hugh McDonald, Norman McComb, George McFadden, Norman McCraig, Walter Chambers and the school Principal Mr. W.E. Charles.
From the left front row: Ian Christie, Bobby McVeigh, Henry Herron, Sidney Quinn, John Myles and Sammy Ferguson.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL FOOTBALL TEAM 402
This photograph was taken in 1950.
B.Row: Rick Craig, Cedric Blackbourne, Chambers, Matt Quigley, Unknown, Bersford, James Bersford and the School Principal Mr.W.E.Charles.
F.Row: McVeigh, Kyle, Jim Purdie, Derek McCabe and unknown.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 403
At the moment the Teacher, the pupils and the year are unknown.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 976
These are the pupils of Miss Bell's class in 1953 from Massereene National School.
At the back are Neill Hill (who went to America), Alex McDonald, Eric Rea, Billy Honeyford, Unknown, Kenneth Stewart, Kenneth Rea, Sydney Collins, Tom Craig, Raymond Fulton, Derek McKinney and teacher Miss Bell. In front are Michael Quinn, Thompson Cummings, Unknown, Elvina Keith, Unknown, Ruby McBride, Marlene Allen, Ethel McKee, Jennifer Allen, Barbara Mathews, Mabel Paisley, Jacqueline Wallace,
Alan Crawford and Unknown. Seated we have Stella Lynn, Joan Mercer, Margaret Baird, Hetty Kelly, Valerie Fulton, Joane Matthews, Unknown, Eva Molloy, Unknown, Wilma Boyd, Norma Coulter, Dorothy Young and Mary Boyd.
The boys on the ground are as follows Jim Wallace, Unknown, Unknown, Brian McCabe and Stanley Lynn.

MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 520
Smiles all round from the youthful class of 1964 at Massereene National School. There are many familiar faces in this school portrait - many of whom have since brought up their own families in Antrim! In the back row we have David Hulme, Jackie Mawhinney, Andrew Gleghorne, Kenneth Grey, Carl Preston, Forbes Meldrum and Billy Long. Pictured in the middle are William Doole, John Buckle, Unknown, David Hemmings, Michael Phillips,
John Harkness, Jean McMeekin, Joyce Hunter, Valerie Whiteside, Rosemary Gourley, Margaret Cameron, John McKee, Stuart Duckett, David "Mush" Marsh, Sunile Treon and Neil Allen. The young ladies seated in the front are Rosemary Steele, Unknown, Joyce Dunlop, Janine Marks, Sylvia Grey, Joyce Grey, Wilma McMeekin, Yvonne Pierce, Rosannie Williams, Veronica Kane, Sheila Peoples and Jeanette McIlroy.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL CHOIR 935
Looking very proud of themselves and so they should be for these are the girls of Massereene National School Choir 1946 and they are the first choir to bring back from Ballymena the Ballymena Weekly Telegraph Cup! Smiling in the back row are (from left) M.Fleming, M Christie, M.Fleming, F.Harron, R.Fleming and M.Reid. Then in the middle row we have N.Napier, I Alexander, M.Reid, N.Clark, I Allen, P.Kelly and M.McCaig.
In front seated are Unknown, Unknown, M.Kelly, Miss Violet Bell, J.Kelly and G.Moffett.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL1040
This photograph taken in 1950 along the Lough Road was of a class from Massereene National School.
The boys in the back row are Unknown, John McClean, William Blackburn, Bobby McVeigh, Unknown, Alan Gillespie and the Teacher Mr. Griffen.
The girls in the next row are Eileen McMillan, Marian Blackburn, Margaret Walsh, Catherine Fleming, Eve Deveny, Margaret McCaig, Martha McDonald, Jean McKee and Molly Allen. Seated with their arms folded are Emily Rankin, Eleanor Wallace, Barbra Fleming, May Wallace,Matidla Moffett, Unknown, Unknown and Unknown.
Finally seated on the ground we have Sammy Coyles, Jim Baird, Lindsey Peacock, Brian Crawford, Brian Speers and Harry Kerr.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL501
What a happy and relaxed looking bunch of children from the class of 1947 at Massereene National School and judging by the girls sandals, it appears that this photograph was taken during the summer. Pictured to the rear are Hugh McDonald, Norman McCaig, Harold McCormick, Matt Baird, Elmer Bates, George Ferguson, Jackie Baird, Unknown, Liam Blackbourne, George McFadden, Victor Fulton and Bobby McVeigh. Next up we have Sam Ferguson, Margaret Chubb, Charlotte Paterson, Margaret Fleming, Laura Fleming, Marlene Christie, Ethel Marcus, Pasty Kelly, Unknown, Margaret McVeigh, Norma Napier, Unknown, Cecil Hannan and the Headmaster W.E.Charles. Finally, seated at the front you can see Robert Paisley, Ian Christie, John Myles, Marian Blackbourne, Eve Devanny, Margaret McCaig, Mattie Kelly, Jean Kelly, Jessie Molineaux, Violet Lynn, Robin Fleming, Henry Harron and Norman Fleming.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 398
This is the all the pupils of the school getting their photograph taken in 1952. Teachers: Mrs.Bell, Mrs. Wilson, Mr. Leslie, Miss Bell and Miss Anderson.
Pupils: Marlene Allen, Mary Allen, Dan Barnes, Eileen Bell, Jim Boyd, Beulah Brownlees, Harry Clarke, Tom Craig, Alan Crawford, Mervyn Cummings, Pat Cummings, Doris Fleming, Olive Fleming, Jean Fleming, Valerie Fulton, Alan Gillespie, Dessie Gillespie, Joyce Hamilton, Hilary Hanlon, Norman Jackson, Roy Jackson, Lila Jamison, Hetty Jones, Albert Jones, Hetty Kelly, Teresa Kelly, Austin Knapper, Kathleen Kyles, Stanley Lynn, Stella Lynn, Raymond Lynn, Kathleen Lynn, Harold Marquess, Philip Martin, Patrica McClure, Alec McDonald, Ethel McKee, Derek McKinney, Bobby McVeigh, Stanley Mollay, Eve Mollay, Alan Mollay, Olive Moore, Brenda Morrow, Ronnie Nicholl, Alice Nicholl, Joyce Nixon, Doris Paisley, Frankie Peacock, Roy Peacock, Marie Sharp, May Steele, Kenneth Stewart and Dorothy Young.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 776
The year is 1950 and it must be the Summer Holidays as there is no sign of life.
Going by the rubble against the school wall perhaps they were doing up the Lough Road.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 378
Here we have the class of 1950 from Massereene National School pictured in the Castle Grounds with their teacher Miss Bell.
In the front row from the left Alan Molloy, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Kenneth Rea, Alex McDonnald, Stanley Lynn and Desmond Gillespie.
Second row from front from left has, Stella Lynn, Joan Mercer, Jennifer Allen, Ethel McKee.
Other children who known to be in the picture include Walter Kyles, Kevin Rea, Doris Paisley and Margaret Baird.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 351
Taken on the steps of Massereene School this is a Sunday School Class in June 1946.
B.Row: Unknown (teacher), Unknown, Unknown, Francis Herron and Unknown.
F.Row: Unknown, Anna McCabe, Edith Buick, Sadie McCabe and Unknown.
McMEEKIN WEDDING 2378
It's the 21st October 1957 and just married is David McMeekin and his lovely bride Sally McMeekin nee Wilson. The sheaves being held over them can mean various things from wealth to love depending on where you live.
McMEEKIN WEDDING 2380
Standing outside 1st Antrim Presbyterian Church on the 21st October 1957 is David McMeekin and his lovely bride Sally McMeekin nee Wilson.
The two little girls having their photograph taken with them are Catherine Wilson and June Ireland.
McMEEKIN WEDDING 2379
Standing in the driveway of 1st Antrim Presbyterian Church after their wedding on the 21st October 1957 is David McMeekin and his lovely bride Sally McMeekin nee Wilson. The best man is Berk Parkes and the bridesmaid is Margaret Beckett.
MUCKAMORE CRICKET 2202
Here we are on Muckamore Cricket Club's field while members in the background are praticing. In the foreground is Harry McCleary in his cricket gear ready to play and next to him is a mother and daughter who are unknown.
BIKERS 2383
Stopped for a break along the road and sitting on their bikes we have Harry Ireland and David McMeekin.
A DAY OUT 2381
Here we have David McMeekin and Sally Wilson back in 1956 enjoying a day out before their big wedding the following year.
MASSEREENE BRIDGE 825
The local hard men of Antrim leaning against Massereene Bridge in 1958 caught on camera eating icecream, the cameraman had to run for his life!
Seriously though these young men are Harry Cochrane, Andy Blair, Berty Cummings, Charlie Clarke, Leslie Martin and Herbie Napier.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 636
In the early days of the 20th century, golf was the 'in' thing for fashionable Victorians - and Antrim was no exception. This lovely picture taken in 1911 shows ladies and gentlemen taking to the greens at the newly opened Massereene course. Class was an issue, however, as only the 'well to do' could afford to play. And while women were permitted to play on certain days, the bar was strictly men only - a ruling that persisted in many clubs until recent years. Looking closely at the picture, it could not have been easy to swing a club in those flowing gowns. Perhaps the lady watching the games from the comfort of her horse drawn carriage has the right idea!
IRENE McCOMB 2593
Standing outside her home at Ballysculity is Irene McComb.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 638
Getting ready to tee off is a lady golfer outside the club house, the year is unknown.
I wonder are the ladies playing against the men? Also as I can see are bicyles, did they cycle here?
MASSEREENE HOSPITAL 151
Originally the Workhouse it was built 1843 in the wake of a Cholera Epidemic which was in 1839 in the town. Entire families died, The Rev. Robert Magill lost his wife, son and forty members of his congregation. The victims were quickly buried in ' Spittle Field '
which was situated between Greystone and Moylena roads. The front of the building which was the fever section was not finished until 1847 and it accommodated forty with a further forty-five in the ' Fever Sheds '. During its first decade they admitted 7,274 paupers of which 1,051 of them died there and they were buried in the Paupers' Graveyard at the rear of the Workhouse.
MUCKAMORE BOYS 1844
This band of lads leaning against the wall at the start of the Seven mile Straight road in the 50's were called the Muckamore Boys.
We have from the left Bobby Houston (The Monk), Unknown, Jeffery Wallace, Dessie McClure, John Craig, Jimmy Kane, John McCormick and finally Archie Campbell. Now what sport do you think these lads played? Well I will tell you it was Cricket.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 2671
The year of this Massereene School Photograph is unknown and sadly only the teacher and two pupils are known.
The teacher is Mr Collins then Billy Allen 4th from the left in the middle row who in later years was an ambulance driver and finally 5th from the right is the teachers son Percy Collins.
MASSEREENE NATIONAL SCHOOL 265
Must have been taken at the school holidays looks empty.
The Plaque on the wall tells us that it was built in 1904. The school used to be on the old Lough Shore Road and was sited where the Royal British Legion Club is now.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 637
These gentleman are pictured enjoying a fashionable round of golf at Massereene back in 1911. The posture of the chap on the left perhaps confirms that Tiger Woods was still several decades away! The skills may be somewhat dubious, but the young lads are certainly watching the game intently. The older man to the right appears to be carrying something, so perhaps he was a caddy for the day. Also of note, of course, is the clubhouse itself which is considerably more 'cosy' than its multi-million pounds modern counterpart. I have been told that the game was invented in Scotland and the word is a abbreviation of 'Gentlemen only Ladies Forbidden'
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB HOUSE 616
This is Antrim Golf Club house with a view to Lough Neagh in 1914. As you can see no cars only bicycles. The photo was taken from a postcard postmarked Antrim 7.30am, 10th May 1915.
It was addressed to Miss McGrath, 26 Riverside, Antrim. there was no message only signed T.T.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 642
Sitting on the grass in front of the club house enjoying the view, the year is unknown.
On the left is an open topped car with people having a good look at it.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB HOUSE 635
This is the club house and there are a few people standing outside it. The year is unknown.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 216
This is the winning team in 1976.
MASSEREENE STREET 1873
Here we have three generations of a family being photographed in the back garden in Massereene Street in 1946.
At the back on the right is Grandmother Margaret Gordon, next to her is her daughter Annie McCaig. Then the grandchildren Margaret, Irene, Norman and finally Jim.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 181
Here are members of Massereene Golf Club along with their friends and Family on the 26th June 1961.
In the back row, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Joan Anketell, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown and Crawford Rea. In the middle we have Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknow, Joan Simpson, Mr.Kane, John Kirk, Unknown, Mrs Wilson, Maud Baird, Mrs McDonald, Mrs Reid, Sadie Wallace,
Ria Craig, Mrs Kane, Mrs Crawford, Mrs Rea, Mrs Clarke, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Harry Rankin and Miss Fraser. In front are Norman Kirk, Mrs Holmes, Mrs John Kirk, Unknown, Unknown, Miss L.Entwistle, Joan Wilson Mrs Collis and Mrs N.Kirk. the children are unknown.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 335
Sitting on the roller in front of Massereene Golf Club is Maggie Hannan. The date is unknown.
MASSEREENE GOLF CLUB 279
Seated on the steps in front of Massereene Golf Club House are Rachel and Aggie Baird. The date is unknown.
JEAN McCOMB 2590
This is Jean McComb in her back garden at Ballysculity and holding in her arms is Andrea Millford.
McCOMB CHILDREN 2591
Out playing in the backyard of their home at Ballysculity we have Sam and Irene McComb.
MARKET SQUARE 2572 and 2573
Here we are in Market square in the 1960 next to the Barbican gate which you can see in the background, the trees have gone but the railings are still here.
Everyone was so excited for here they were standing in front of a SNO-CAT and being able to touch it. The reason for this excitement was that is was used for the first surface crossing of Antarctica via the South Pole, the 1955–58 Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition was a camping trip of epic proportions, with government funding from four countries and the Queen as patron. On 2 March 1958,under the overall command of the British explorer Dr Vivian Fuchs and company completed the 99-day trip by reaching Scott Base, having travelled 2,158 miles. Fuchs was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II the same day.
Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition (TAE) in 1955-58, under the overall command of the British explorer Dr Vivian Fuchs.
The Commonwealth-sponsored expedition successfully completed the first overland crossing of Antarctica, via the South Pole, on 2 March 1958.
The New Zealanders supported the expedition by setting up Scott Base, and laying food and fuel depots for the British crossing party.
Then, against the instructions of the Ross Sea Committee, Hillary led a ‘dash to the pole'. On 4 January 1958 they became the first party to reach the South Pole overland since Scott in 1912, and the first to reach it in motor vehicles. Now does anyone know this young lad, if you do please let me know.
AUNT MARTHA 2592
Standing here in the back yard at Ballyscuilty having her photograph taken is Aunt Martha McComb.
MILLAR CHILDREN 2334
I'ts 1910 and the two of the Millar children are here in Reid Brothers studio in Belfast having their photograph taken. Looking every inch the lady in her two piece suit with matching fur muffler is Sarah Duncan Millar aged 20. Standing next to Sarah is her brother Alexander who is wearing a three piece suit with knickerbocker trousers aged 8.
If you know these people or are a Millar, Fleming or related from the Antrim area.
Please get in touch with Ducie Hood from Australia who is trying to contact relatives here. you can e-mail her at this address: dhood44@bigpond.net.au
MASSEREENE FORGE 153
This is Bridge Street and you are looking towards High Street.
The white washed houses to your right have thatched roofs and look at the height of the doors, you would need to bend your head going into them. Next door we have the most photographed building in Antrim town, the forge. Which later became a shop and known locally as the ' Horseshoe Shop '.
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