NEESON PORTRAIT 121
This is Margaret Neeson getting her protrait taken with George Neeson in 1901.
NEESON FAMILY 1256
This is Sergeant George Neeson serving with the Royal Enniskillen Fusiliers
out in India.
Standing with him is his wife Peggy and the in the pram their daughter Madeline
who lives here in Antrim. George served in the First World War by lying about
his age he was really only 15 years old!
NEESON PORTRAIT 117
Having their portrait taken in November 1931 we have Annie and Peggy Neeson.
NEESON PORTRAIT 122
Here we have Annie Neeson in December 1927
These nurses are as pleased as punch and don't mind having their photograph
taken for they have all passed their exams!
Back row: Helga, Sheila Spendlove, Barbara Griffiths, Snr Jewes, Yvonne and
Front row: Alwyn, Unknown, Annie Nicholl, Audrey, Unknown and Kathleen.
Relaxing by having a nice cup of tea and buns before going back on duty at
the First Aid centre at this open air event. We have from the left Annie Nicholl,
Unknown was a Anaesthetist and Snr Naes.
NAPIER FAMILY 1286
Here on Church Street heading into town we have Mrs. Muriel Napier with her
children Stephen and Glen in 1969.
NICHOLL FAMILY 2410
Well here we are in a photographer's studio where the Nicholl family are having
their photograph taken. On the left we have young Rebbeca, then her dad Robert
followed by the eldest Elizabeth, next is her brother Hugh and her mum Agnes.
Finally in the front is the baby of the family James.
NORTH IRISH HORSE 1934
It's 1915 and The First World War is raging in Europe and these young men
are watering the horses, they are from the North Irish Horse Regiment.They
would come down Riverside to just past the Mill Row cottages there was a pathway
led down the Sixmilewater River as you can see one horse and rider doing that.Behind
the rider the lady of the house has just put her washing on the line, to the
left of her are two men working away. These men would soon join their fellow
comrades in France & Belgium and sadly many would not come home again
having made the ultimate sacrifice.
NORTHERN IRELAND ELECTRICITY
These men were all Electricity Board workers in 1956.
They are standing Norman McIlroy, Mr.Jackson, Mr.Jamison, Matt Quigly and
Kneeling down is Andy Blair and Jimmy Nicholl.
NESBIT FAMILY 2852
Here we have part of the Nesbitt family have a photograph taken around 1880.
On the Left is Hugh Nesbitt and his wife Matilda Nesbitt nee Stewart and behind
them is their only daughter Margaret Jane Nesbitt.
They also had four sons William John born 28th February 1859, David born 25th
March 1861, Alexander born 21st November 21st November 1863 and Thomas born
1st March 1865. Margaret Jane was born 1st January 1857, Hugh and Matilda
where both born about 1832.
Hugh died 14th March 1914 aged 82 years, Matilda died 11th July 1891 aged
only 59 years and Margaret Jane died 28th August 1932 aged 75 years.
The boys deaths are unknown but Hugh, Matilda and Margaret Jane are buried
NEESON PORTRAIT 126
Decked out in all her refinery we have Margaret Neeson in 1904.
Ten years later Margaret would emigrate to New Zealand to marry.
NEESON PORTRAIT 1069
Here we have Pat Neeson along with his wife Maggie and baby son George in
1900. They travelled all the way to Young's Studios in Ballymena to get this
portrait taken. The son George has a dress on as all small boys back then
did, can anyone tell me the reason why.
As you can see Pat was a man of means in his three piece suit but why has
he turned the bottom of his tousers up so much!
NEESON PORTRAIT 1251
This portrait photograph is of Corporal George Neeson in 1918 just after World
War One had ended in which he fought and survived.
When you look at his face and how young it looks remember there were thousands
just like him that never came back.
George signed up with the Royal Enniskillen Fusiliers in 1915, he was only
15 he lied about his age.
NESBITT PORTRAIT 120
This is James Nesbitt in the 1940's.
NESBITT WEDDING 114
This Wedding took place in Ahoghill at the Presbyterain Church in April 1943
and locals came from far and wide to see it. The man giving the bride away
is Mr. Nesbitt and the Bride's name is Constance May Mabbott, behind them
is Bertie Smith the Best man a headmaster at a school in Donegall.
The bride by the way made her own Wedding Dress and she had come all the way
from Leicester in England.The reason for such a large crowd is the Groom Robert
Nesbitt was 52 still single and a writer, the two of them became penpals and
the first time they saw each other was at the altar in the Church!
NESBITT PORTRAIT 1066
This Roy Nesbitt getting photograph taken in 1947.
KAREN NEESONS CHRISTENING
It's the late 1950's and young Karen Neeson is being held by an attractive
young woman called Madaline Dunn after her Christening.
Next to Madeline is Jessie Neeson and finally Madeline's husband Hugh Dunn.
NESBITT PORTRAIT 1064
This is Joan Nesbitt with her brother Roy and Sister Beatrice in 1945.
NESBITT PORTRAIT 1065
This delightful portrait photograph are of sisters Joan and Beatrice Nesbitt
NEESON CHILDREN 2787
These are the Neeson children and were triplets.
Sadly their names are unknown and two passed away in early childhood.
Mr NEESON 2922
Sitting relaxing and enjoying a cigar at the Giant's Causeway is a dandy looking
man called Mr.Neeson in 1900. Mr. Neeson who originally came from Antrim was
over visiting realitives as he now lived in America.
NEESON FAMILY 2921
Here basking in sunshine are the Neeson family out in India who are far away
from home back in 1937.
On the left is Peter then his dad George who is a sergeant in the Royal Enniskillen
Fusiliers, then Palmyra, next their mum May who was called Peggy for there
were too many May's in the family and finally Dempsy.
MARTHA NELSON 3004
Hello I'm Clarice Edna Nelson outside our home at four months and I'm on my
mum's knee who is Martha A Nelson nee McCombe who was born Oct 1890.
HOME VISIT 3269
It's September 1956 and we are at the side of the old post office owned by
Eric Kyle in the yard of Lough Neagh Hotel also known as Sam Ankatell's yard.
From the left is Roy Nesbitt, Mrs Margaret Jane Gordon nee Nesbitt and Joan
Nesbitt, Margaret was on a visit home from Duney in New Zealand.
The car was new but does not belong to any of them, they posed at it because
there were very few cars around back them.
JOAN NESBITT 3271
Here we are at Lough Neagh down by the Cutts with Joan Nesbitt back in September
1959. I don't know the boy behind Joan or why he has the rear wheel of his
bike in the water. If you look closely at the top of the wheel you will see
a white object. This is a dynamo wth a small wheel which you put against the
side wall of the tyre and when you cycled your front and rear lamps on the
bike would light up.
BEATRICE NESBITT 3273
No it's not Marylin Monroe it's our very own Beatrice Nesbitt aged 14 back
in the summer of 1953 on the family farm in Taylors Town.
The No.1 hits that summer were Lita Roza singing ' How
much is that Doggie in the window ' also Guy Mitchell with '
Look at that Girl '.
All that is known about this photograph is that she is an Neeson.
This well-to-do chap getting photograph taken at Thomas Erwin Studio 76 Church
All is known is that he is an Neeson and on the back of the photo was the
address 12 Charles Street Ballymena.
Mrs. NIXON'S DANCE TROUPE 702
Here the members are doing Babes in the Wood at the Protestant Hall in 1956.
Christmas was certainly in the air when this photograph was taken back in
1956. Members of Mrs Nixon's Dance Troupe had gathered for their performance
of 'Babes in the Wood' in the Protestant Hall - and, as you can see, Santa
Clause dropped in to bring some festive cheer.
From the left we have Unknown, Madeline Fleming, Unknown, Billy ?, Marie Hemming,
June Neilson, Mr.Nixon (as Santa), Doreen Hamill, Unknown, Rachel Kingsberry,
Billy Perry, Unknown, Pamela Fleming and Unknown. Kneeling down in front is
Phillip Nixon, Unknown and Unknown.
Mrs. NIXON'S DANCE TROUPE 703
On their way to a dance Festival in Scotland in 1961 we have Mrs.Walsh with
her grandaughter, Mrytel Elliot holding their mascot Cuddles, Arthur Walsh,
Mr.Walsh and Doreen Hamill at Larne Harbour.
Mrs. NIXON'S DANCE TROUPE 705
This wonderful shot captures the day the circus came to town in the summer
of 1995. Taken in the Castle Grounds, are many members of Mrs Nixon's Dance
Troupe, including June Neeson, Hazel Nixon, Marie Hemmings, Rachel Kingsberry
and Doreen Hamill. The striking Pierrot clown is none other than Billy Nixon,
and he is holding a very young Doris Fleming on the donkey. Holding the reins
is Arthur Walsh and the notice on the hedge shows that
they were doing half-hour Concerts from 5pm. This field, with its perfectly
preened high hedges, was the focal point for many events down the years -
including the annual Antrim Show. That all changed, however, when the council
decided to plant a par terre garden.
Mrs. NIXON'S DANCE TROUPE 704
Here we have some of the members of the dance troupe in 1956 in the Protestant
Hall in Railway Street.
On the left we have Rachel Kingsberry, Doreen Hamill, Marie Hemings, June
Neilson and kneeling is Arthur Walsh.
NORTH IRISH HORSE SOLDIERS
This shows the soldiers watering their mounts in the Sixmilewater river just
behind Mill Row.
This was one of the last photographs taken by Mary Young in 1915.
Her two brothers along with several cousins and brother-in-laws were Army