SCOTT McELREA 794
This is Scott McElrea aged 10 in 1949. In his lapel is a badge with the
STEELE FAMILY 2067
This is Samuel Steele with his wife Georgina Jackson Steele who is holding
their family cat.
This photograph has been coloured in by the photographer at the time. You
just told the photographer what the colours were and they filled it in.
STEELE FAMILY 2074
Photographed going to a wedding we have the Steele family.
On the left is son George Steele, Dad Samuel James Steele, Mum Jean Steele,
son Bobby Steele and son Samuel Steele.
Take a look at the men's handkerchiefs, see how neat they are. Well I will
let you into a secret, what you see is sewn onto a piece of cardboard!
THE SIMPSONS 2585
Sitting enjoying a well earned break outside their home is Mrs Hanna Simpson
nee Crawford with her husband Robert G Simpson.
NATHANIEL SIMPSON 2586
This is Nathaniel Simpson very smart looking who came from Antrim and was
having his photograph taken by a lady photographer. Her name was Mrs. K. Bryant
who had a ground floor studio at 88 S. Illindis Street, Indiannapolis
SADIE'S FAMILY 2693
This family photograph taken outside their home in the early 1900's only the
mothers first name is known. For on the back of the photograph was written,
'Sadie, Her son Eddie and her husband.'
SIXMILEWATER RIVER 2731
This is the Sixmilewater River as it slowly meanders its way through Antrim
town in the summertime. In the background and towering over Antrim town is
All Saints' Parish Church, then High Street Presbyterian and finally Orr School.
PAROCHIAL HOUSE 2749
It's 1920 and standing on the doorsteps of the Parochial House at St.Comgall's
is Father Thomas McCotter.
DAVID SMITH 2752
It's 1975 and this is David Smith standing at the back the old Eason shop
that used to be in High Street.
Behind David to the left is the Massereene Bridge and you can see the Horseshoe
shop. Behind on the right is the Massereene School which was demolished to
make way for the British Legion. David loved exploring that he got to know
Antrim so well that he became a postman.
St. COMGALL'S GIRLS' SCHOOL 2194
These are the girls of St. Comgall's girls' School getting their official
photograph taken back in 1936.
The back row are Sheila Canning, Margaret Rogan, Agnes O'Hagan, May Kennedy,
Peggy Brown, Cecilia McCormick. Maggie Roberts and Bridgette O'Hagan.
Middle row has the Teacher Miss O'Haire, Eileen O'Neil, Bridget Dobbin, Rosella
Canning, Eileen Canavan, Evelyn Laverty, Irene McGreevy, Peggy McErlaine,
Mary Crossey, Unknown and Sister Mary.
In the front we have Mary McCaffery, Elsie May, Cecilia O'Neill, Kathleen
Allen, Rosaleen Long, Sadie Gaynor, Sally Long, Unknown, Isobella Wallace,
Kathleen Bradley, Rosie Delaney, Peggy May, Annie Staunton, Mary Brady, Vera
O'Connor and finally the dog who wandered in and refused to leave.
On the official photograph is printed "St. Congall's", I thought
this was strange to have misprinted the name. Perhaps the photographer saw
the name on the iron pillars that support the gates going into St.Comgall's.
What happened was the foundry that cast the pillars spelt the name wrong!
It would have cost too much money to have replaced them and so they left them
as they are with the name "St. Congall". I wonder how many worshippers
This photograph taken during World War II we have wife and husband Lizzie
and Andy Selfridge. Lizzie from her uniform was in the A.T.S. but what the
badge on her tie and also her sleeve is unknown to me.
Of Andy all we know is he was a sergeant, his regiment was the Irish Fusiliers.
SUNDAY DINNER 1709
Seen here at Islandreagh getting the Sunday Dinner ready is Lilian McQuillan.
Lilian is taking off all the chicken's feathers before cleaning it out ready
for the oven.
Nothing ready made here all fresh and Spot the dog is hoping something eatable
SATURDAY NIGHT 1764
Seen here at one of the weekly dances in the Protestant Hall in Railway Street
we have on the left, Robin McCabe, Hazel Neill, Jimmy Irwin, John O'Hagan,
Jimmy and Raymond Lynn.
STEELE CHILDREN 2068
This protrait photograpgh of the Steele children was developed on a sheet
of cardboard and colour tinted as back then it was only black and white photographs.
At the back is Ethel, then Jim and finally Katherine Jackson.
They look a bit frightened but that was because they had to stand perfectly
still for the long exposure.
STEELE WEDDING 2071
Standing nervously in his Army uniform after his Wedding his Jim Steele, beside
him is his Bride Jean Steele nee Adamson. Her Bridesmaid was Ethel Steele
and the Best man is Unknown. Now some information for the ladies: The bride's
dress was Pink with a matching Pink hat.The flowers were Pink Sweet Pea and
she had Sandy hair and Brown eyes. The Bridesmaid dress was Green with matching
hat and her flowers were White Daisies. The Groom was in Kaki and had Sandy
hair and Blue eyes. The Best man had a brown suit with matching shoes and
had fair hair and blue eyes.
STEELE FAMILY 2076
This studio photograph of the Steele family, Jim and Jean Steele with their
baby son Samuel on her knee was taken in 1947, shortly afterwards they emigrated
GEORGINA STEELE 2072
This is Georgina Steele outside her home. on her left is where you scraped
the mud and dirt off your shoes before going into the house.
Now rather than leave a mess, the Steele family have two small buckets to
catch all of the muck and dirt.
SCHOOL CHUMS 1550
All dressed up to get their photograph taken in 1950 are school chums May
Gaynor and Margaret Rose Kyle.
A sheet was held behind them to make the photo look good.
SIXMILEWATER RIVER 1580
Taken in the 1900's at the Sixmilewater River we are on the Antrim Yacht side
looking upriver towards Antrim town.
On the far side which is the Loughshore you can see the boats that the Wallace's
took the tourists out on to Lough Neagh for a day trip.
STEEPLE GROUNDS 1681
Out for a walk on one of those rare sunny days we have the McQuillan clan
in the daisy covered fields in the Steeple grounds in 1958.
At the back we have Rose and Norman. In the middle are Doris, May and Lilian.
In front is Jim, Perry and Elsie.
Hi, I'm Spot the dog, I live with the McQuillan family up here at Islandreagh.
I'm getting my photograph taken with Tommy McQuillan while out for a walk,
but I'm eager to get on than sitting here.
SWEET SIXTEEN 1476
Sweet Sixteen and never been kissed at least that's what I was told!
This is Margaret Allen, Lena Reade and Evelyn Reade enjoying themselves in
Barry's at Portrush in 1963.
SAMMY KYLE 1543
Here we have Sammy Kyle in 1945 aged 15 and most certainly working back then.
By the way Sammy was in the Scouts that is according to the scout badge in
SPA TERRACE 294
The people and the date are unknown but take a look at the old lady's laced
SAMUEL CAMPBELL 1547
Proudly showing off his Cockrell is Samuel Campbell in 1940.
Samuel is in the back yard of his pub in Market Square and looking at the
window someone certainly had green fingers.
SAMUEL CAMPBELL 1548
Down along the Loughshore Road in December 1942 we have Samuel Campbell with
his Scottie dog under his arm.Samuel owned Campbell's pub in the Market Square.
St. JOSEPH'S PRIMARY SCHOOL 1058
This is a class from St Joseph's Primary School. At the moment I do not
have any names nor do I know the year it was taken. If you know then please
let me know.
Standing next to an electric milk float in the Steeple in 1986, which are
a thing of the past. We have from the left Sharon McCutcheon, Nadine Cunningham,
Lynette Robinson,Unknown, Unknown and Garth Smyth.
Standing outside their homes in the Steeple we have Alison Bolton and Lynette
Robinson in 1985.
STEEPLE GROUNDS 1372
Taken in 1937 this photograph shows Antrim's Round Tower before the "Witches
Stone" was moved up from further down the grounds. Here you can see the
stone steps that used to lead up to the door in the Tower and also the Tennis
courts that were in front. The two boys in the photo are on the left running
towards the camera, Bob Fawcett and the other is his brother Sammy Fawcett
who is pointing an air rifle over to the right of the picture.
St. COMGALLS CONVENT SCHOOL 1426
photograph in the grounds of St. Comgalls Convent School we have the class
Standing at the back are May Kennedy, Peggy Brown, Teresa O'Connor, Maigt
Roberts, Anna Wallace, Marry Duffin, Peggy McErlane and Sally Long.
The middle row has Eileen O'Neill, Celia McCormick, Eileen Canavan, Maigt
Gillan, Pasty Lavery, Kathleen Duffin, Nan McNulty, Lily Sawyer, Sadie O'Neill
and Maigt Rogan. Seated are Kathleen Bradley, Sadie Gaynor, Evelyn Lavery,
Anna Canavan, Rose Delaney, Maureen Bradley, Sadie Lemon, Isobel Wallace and
Vera O'Connor. Standing beside them is their teacher Sister Mary.
St. COMGALL'S CHAPEL
Antrim Chapel Sketched and Drawn by James Boyle
St. JOHN'S AMBULANCE SERVICE 1260
Here we are in Hall's Hotel, High Street Antrim in 1957 and the St. John's
Ambulance Service are putting on a display showing off their various skills.
At the back standing we have Mildred Allen, Pearl Halnlon, Doreen Hamill,
Ma Harrison and Elsie Hamill.
The injured who are seated are Miss Bradley, Stella Lynn, Marie Hemming, Joyce
Hanlon and Ruby McBride.
SUNDAY WALK 1300
Holding on to his dog for the photograph is John Scott who was out for a Sunday
walk with his lady friend in 1928 who is unknown.
His lady friend took the photo because her handbag is lying next to the dog.
It's the swinging Sixties and here at Hall's Hotel for a dance is Ann O'Brian
and Margaret Young.
Judging by the expression on Margaret's face she does not fancy the fellow
coming to ask her for a dance, back then you didn't refuse.
SLOAN'S BAR 1406
Sitting having a quiet drink in Sloan's Bar in 1971 we have Sammy Wells with
Kate Wells, Liz O'Connor and Joe O'Connor. Now if you are wondering where
Sloan's Bar is, it's gone and in its place is the Arcade. Does Joe still have
his long hair or is it like mine a distant memory?
STEEPLE HOUSE 1366
Standing on the steps of her home is Peggy Fawcett in 1944. Her home Steeple
House later became the Old Council Offices.
SLEEPLESS NIGHTS 1274
Dressed as a man in the striped pyjamas and holding a Candlestick holder is
Margaret Johnston from Randalstown and beside her holding the "Baby"
is Margaret Young from Antrim. They won First prize as "Sleepless Nights"
at Portrush in 1953 and their Landlady helped them out with the clothes.
Out for a refreshing walk along the Dublin Road these delightful girls are
the McCabe sisters.
On the left Rachel, then Norma and finally Lizzie, the year is unknown.
SCOTT PORTRAIT 1298
Here we have Agnes Scott posing back in 1928.
SPA TERRACE 296
Here we have in Spa Terrace Ruby Baird, Unknown and Aggie Baird.
Date is unknown.
This photograph of Simpson's in High Street which not only sold newspapers
but a lot of tourist items and knick-knacks was taken on the 10th May 1918.
Sarah had the newsagents shop in Antrim and her twins Willie Simpson
and Agnes Simpson carried on in the shop until around the late sixties, early
SPA TERRACE 287
Standing at the wall in Spa Terrace is Anna Baird but who the lucky fella
is we don't know.
The date is unknown.
SPA TERRACE 278
Standing at the back is Rachel Baird, seated is Jeannie McKee and Anna Baird.
Date of the photograph is unknown.
The soldier's name is unknown and could be between 1912 - 1918.
The birds hanging on the fence look like kestrels.
Where the photo was taken I do not know.
SOLDIER McCREIGHT 862
This studio photograph which was printed on cardboard was taken in 1918.
The soldier was called William Alexander McCreight and he is holding a medal,
what the medal was for or his regiment is unknown.
I understand that this man may have been a local but, sadly, he remains the
The picture was taken during the Great Conflict of 1914-18 - supposedly the
war to end all wars.
Here on top of the world at Slemish this presumably mother and daughter enjoy
the view. Take a look at the shoes and ankle socks of the late 1930's.
SIXMILEWATER RIVER 340
Here is Evelyn Slavin nee Kennedy keeping cool by wading in the Sixmilewater
river in the 1950's.
SNOOKER TEAM 834
Here we have members of a local snooker team pictured after they pocketed
what appears to be a pretty prestigious championship. In the back row we
have Sidney George, George McBurney, George McMaster, Andy Millar, Billy Ludlow,
Sam Hannan, Unknown, Jimmy Baird, Tom Simpson, Tommy Hannan and Peter Hannon.
Sitting in the front are Leslie Allen, Norman Wallace, Unknown, Jimmy George
and Leslie George.
SIXMILEWATER RIVER 915
Taken at the back of Renton's shop on the banks of the Sixmilewater River,
the girl and the cat are unknown. In the background is Massereene Bridge then
Massereene Hotel and Halls in High Street.
SIXMILEWATER RIVER 497
This is the Sixmilewater River before Antrim Yacht Club was formed as there
are no berths to be seen.
The white building in the distance is Ernie Gibson's house he was the water
The year is unknown.
SIXMILEWATER RIVER 728
This photograph of the river was taken opposite High Street in 1912.
The postcard is stamped Antrim October 1913. To:
Miss Jamison, Straidnahanna, Ballynure, Co. Antrim.
Reads; Dear Aggie, May is home again she came on Saturday
last. Write and say when Miss Logan and you can come. You must stop a night
SIXMILEWATER RIVER 729
The river flowing peacefully under the Massereene Bridge and on down to the
Lough. In the background is All Saints' Parish Church and High Street Presbyterain
Church. To the left the houses are part of High Street also you can see the
washing out on the line with a door leading to the river. The year is unknown.
SIXMILEWATER RIVER 727
Here we have the river flowing under the Massereene Bridge which is in Bridge
Street, to your left the roofs of the houses are thatched with the washing
out on the line. Plenty of ducks around then and even in the distance, although
at the right hand side of the bridge you can see white dots, these are not
ducks. This is rubbish dumped in the river, so even back in 1920 we had flytipping.
My thanks to Ed Cunningham now
of Ontario, Canada for this photograph.
JOHN SURTEES 2883
The month is May and this is 1964 world champion John Surtees at speed in
his factory Ferrari 312 V12 at the 1966 Daily Express Trophy, Silverstone.
No man is ever likely to emulate John Surtees' feat of winning World Championships
on two wheels and four.
SELFRIDGE WEDDING 2891
It's the 22nd May 1972 and having been married earlier at Trinity Presbyterian
Church in Ahoghill David Selfridge and his lovely bride Betty Selfridge nee
are here cutting the cake at their reception at the Chimney Corner Inn.