JEANNIE GRAHAM 3729
This is Jeanne Graham as a Sister having her photograph taken in a studio
in the 1950's, Jeanne went on to become a Matron.
Which is what we could do with in our hospitals now.
MRS W. GRAHAM 3731
Now sadly the two children having their photograph taken in a studio are
unknown but if you do please let me know. The photograph was made into a
postcard which was very popular back then, and now on the TV they are advertising
about turning your photograph into a postcard to post off to your friends
isn't it amazing.
The post card was sent to a Mrs W. Graham at Carmavy,
Muckamore, Antrim. Written on the back was the following:
Loughrea (which is in Galway) Sat 28th 1913. Dear
Cousin, please send no butter this coming week. And I think 5lbs ham with
lard w'd be suffice. Ent, both are getting on well. Yours as God Bless Aggie.
Now what is strange is that the stamped postmark says: BELFAST - 4.30pm
- JUN 28 13
JOHN GRAHAM 3734
Standing here is John Graham from Muckamore who joined the Army when war broke
out and served with the Royal Army Service Corps No. 2 Squadron commonly known
as No.2. E.R.F. 103 . M.U. in Kenya. After the war John loved the country
so much that he stayed. When in 1952 Elizabeth became Queen, John became the
manager of the Treetops Hotel which is in Aberdare National Park in Kenya
near the township of Nyeri. In this photograph John is celebrating his birthday
which was on the 26th June 1953, behind him are Bannana trees and beyond that
is his home in Nairobi, Keyna.
JEANNIE GRAHAM 3730
This is Jeannie Graham outside her home relaxing on her time off with a little
dog in her arms. Her work colleagues would be surprised to see her like this
for when Jeannie
was at work she wore a crisp white uniform for she was a Matron!
JOHN GRAHAM 3752
This John Graham from Antrim relaxing reading a magazine while enjoying the
sun at Killiguni Lodge in Kenya.
John became the Manager of the Treetops Hotel which is in Aberdare National
Park, not bad for a man from Antrim.
GRAHAM HOUSE 3741
In the background is the Graham House out at Carmavy while here in the foreground
are two of the Graham's daughters, sad to say I do not have their names. The
one on the left is well up to date with the latest hair style of big waves
worn by the females stars of the silver screen. Now what the farming machine
is they are sitting on I do not know, but if you do please let me know and
also the girls names and I will send you a large copy of the photograph without
This is a postcard photograph taken at one end of the Portobello which was
about 3 mile from Edinburgh with its promenade and beach with amusements at
Fun City including a helter-skelter and a figure eight railway and boat swings
which I used to love. The postcard was sent to John Graham of Carmavey, Muckamore,
Belfast ( it was really Antrim) and John still got it. On the back they had
written "day. How are you after Thurs Having a
splendid time. Weather OK. From James and Martha" who where on
I wondered what happened on Thursday?
Here seen at the side of the lane is John Graham who seems to be acting out
some sort of a play with the two schoolgirls joining in with him. Who the
schoolgirls are I do not
know but of course must know John, now although the girls are wearing the
same type of uniform, blazers and tartan skirts, the school badges on the
blazers are not the same.
If you do please let me know and also the girls names and I will send you
a large copy of the photograph without the watermark.
GRAHAMS FARM 3748
Here we are outside a barn on Graham's farm, you might not think much of the
photograph but you are looking at time that has now long gone. Inside the
barn is a thresher not a type you would see today and also hay piled up beside
it for winter fodder. But outside the barn is what you will never see again
haystacks, we used to climb up them as a boy and then slide down them and
the farmer chasing us off, a thing we shouldn't have been doing. Over to the
left is an old tractor which sadly replaced the big shire horses that were
beautiful to see.
ENJOYING A CHAT 3751
Sitting outside the Graham home enjoying a chat and the sunshine are Marie
Scott and Jeannie Graham.
GARRON TOWER 3755
Being the Prime Minister, Sir Winston had no time for Garron Tower so it was
donated to the British Tourist Industry which transformed it into a hotel;
it was then devastated by fire and was later turned into a school which it
still is today. The main portion of the estate remained in the hands of the
Earls of Antrim. Upon the death of her mother in 1834, Frances Lady Londonderry
inherited a portion of the Antrim Estate, almost 10,000 acres lying mostly
between Glenarm and Glenariff. Following much debate she decided to build
a summer residence and in 1848 the foundation stone was laid for Garron Tower.
The principal guest at the opening of the Tower was the Lord Lieutenant of
Ireland, Lord Clarendon. Coinciding with the end of the Famine in 1849, the
four Coastguard cottages at 91 Garron Road were built as part of that estate.
Lady Londonderry showed a considerable interest in the day to day administration
of her estate, demanding detailed reports from her agents. She was a relentlessly
improving landowner, encouraging agricultural improvement and endowing schools,
clothing societies, etc. The link with Lady Antrim's ancestral seat, Glenarm
Castle, a few miles to the south is such that it was suspected Lady Londonderry's
intention had been to upstage Glenarm Castle with the erection of Garron Tower.
Garron has a dominant tower at one end of a lengthy building, polygonal with
a square turret; whilst at the other end of the front a short wing projects
forwards, ending in a rectangular tower and turret. With the exception of
somewhat prosaic machicolations and crenellations, the walls are quite featureless.
The mansion was enlarged in 1852 with the addition of a hall. The main front
of the the terrace is flanked by cannon and there is a Dog's Cave containing
a dog which was owned by Lady Londonderry and which has a fully inscribed
memorial in place was made into postcard and sent to Miss J. Graham, Carmavey
Muckamore Co. Antrim on the 8th of August 1923 and it reads
" Dear Jeane Just down for the day and having a
good time. Yours Truly E. Campbell."
WITH FRIENDS 3747
Standing on the left is Cissie Graham who when she got married her surmane
became Bell. Now who the gentleman and the girl is I do not know, but Cissie
must know them
very well for she has her right hand up holding on to the back of his hat.
If you do know them and where the photograph was taken please let me know
and I will send you a large copy of the photograph without the watermark.
ON HOLIDAY 3735
Now these three men from Antrim decided to take themselves off on a holiday
so off they went to Scotland. So while they where there they went up to Edinburgh
to see the
sights. They then went into Colin Campbell's photographidc studio which was
at 31, Princes Street. to have their photograph taken for prosperity, now
from (left to right) we
have Uncle Jimmy, then Jimmy Graham (middle Dunsilly) then finally Jimmy Scott
of the mill.
Now This postcard of the dinning room of the Garron Tower
Hotel shows a 'X' on the tablecloth. This was placed there by F & M and
then they wrote on the back to Miss Tayfor
of Amher Street, York Road, Heaton Moor, via Stockpork. Their message
read as follows: Wednesday 12th August 1908. We have
just left the table marked X as shown
in picture. This place is 24 miles out from Larne no Railway but a
most interesting drive. Affectionally F & M.
MERECEDES GLEITZ 3809
Miss Gleitze, accompanied by Mr H Muir, her Irish Channel pilot, and two friends,
arrived in Antrim on Saturday afternoon and was met by large crowds. She was
given a cordial welcome. After being introduced to a number of the leading
people of the town,who were Mr WT Cooper, chairman of the town commissioners;
Mr RJ Kirk, JP CCr; Mr NE Clarke, secretary; and Mr Joseph Barr, engineer,
Lough Neagh Cruisers Ltd, of which Mr RJ Kirk is a director. Miss Gleitze
was introduced to Mr and Mrs Murphy, who said they would be delighted to have
her as their guest during her stay in Antrim at the Massereene Hotel. Miss
Gleitze was kept busy adding her name to autograph books and posing for amateur
photographers. She soon made a host of friends. The arrangements for the swim
were made by Mr John J Murphy, Massereene Arms Hotel; Mr S Ashworth, of Messrs
Waters & Ashworth, Northern Ireland Tours, and Mr J Barr, Antrim.
Now it's Friday the 12th July 1929 here at Ardboe entering Lough Neagh at
8.37am is Miss Merecedes Gleitz covered in grease (some of which she left
on her trainor) to protect her, her intention was to swim to the Antrim landing
stage. On board the motor boat that would accompany Miss Gleitz was the Mr
James P Murphy solicitor, Mr J Wallace Engineer and Mr B Wallace, Navigator,
a press man and a doctor all of whom saw her enter the water and hoped to
see her leave it. When she had been 10 hours in the water, Miss Gleitze was
forced by a stiff breeze to alter the course arranged beforehand. It had been
arranged for Miss Gleitze to make for the Antrim landing stage but a strong
breeze sprang up and the lough became rather choppy with the result it was
decided to make for Whitepark, which is on the opposite shore from where she
started. Miss Gleitze touched bottom at 10.23pm, and scrambled on to the shore
at 10.25pm. She had been swimming for 18 miles, the she collapsed and was
wrapped up in blankets and taken to a house nearby. After treatment she was
conveyed to the Massereene Arms Hotel where hundreds had gathered to cheer
a plucky girl. Still wrapped up in blankets, she was carried into the hotel
and she acknowledged the deafening cheers with a pleasant smile. She was taken
to her room and no one was allowed to see her until Saturday evening.
Swimming for 18 miles in fresh water must be regarded as a remarkable achievement
Sadly it was unbeliveable none of the Irish newspapers reported the swim considering
she was famous as the first person to swim the Straits of Gibraltar and the
first British woman to swim the English channel.
GARRON TOWER 2584
Here we are at Garron Tower along the Antrim coast back in 1941. Out for the
day while off duty are at the back left is Flying Officer Sam Gradwell,
then Elsie Simpson, and Hubert Ogilby. Seated we have Flight Seargent Sandy McGregor
and Annie Simpson. Now Sandy came from Cupar, Fife and Sam from England, they were
posted at the RAF radar station at Dickeystown, just above Glenarm. And as
always happens Sandy fell helplessly in love with Elsie and so the following
year in October 1942 they got married.
LES GRAHAM 2805
Looking very intensely at his bike is Less Graham who
was going in the 500MV Agusta Pre race in the 1952 Ulster Grand Prix.
LES GRAHAM 2817
Seen here in 1952 is Les Graham discussing the 500 MV
Agusta pre race practice Ulster Grand Prix on the Seven Mile Straight Clady
My thanks to Ed Cunningham, Who
has now gone home of Ontario, Canada for this photograph.
My thanks to Ed Cunningham, Who
has now gone home of Ontario, Canada for this photograph.
This is Ivan Gillespie who owned a hardware shop in Church Street on the 7th
Ivan is standing at the yard door which led to his shop.