a possible new line of enquiry, updated.
From Byron D:
AdelaideNow published an article by Lynton Grace 29th April 2015 that includes a photo of “Jo Thomson” that shows her aged about 14 (?) in a school photograph.
The school looks fairly high quality judging from the brick work etc. and I think that one of your readers might be able to identify the school. The odd sized bricks would seem to be a possible clue.
If we can identify the school (or tie) where Jessie (“Jo Thomson”) was attending circa 1935 then we might then be able to discover if she went by the surname Harkness, or something else.
If it is “something else”, as I suspect, this would open up a new line of inquiry.
middle row, far right
A co-educational secondary school with a full uniform of socks, pullovers, jackets and ties .. in the thirties, in Sydney.
Comments from other threads :
I remember the photo coming up on Derek’s site about 8 months back. The setting didn’t look right somehow and did not look like depression generation kids to me; too tidy, too healthy though the school appeared somewhat suburban Marrickville if that’s possible. Sanders.
Looks as if the girls are wearing some type of wide collar (?), is it some kind of Quaker school perhaps? Clive.
Mordialloc College Melbourne circa. 1964 is my opinion. Sanders.
The kid standing under the far fourth window looks a lot like Robin to me so we‘ll amend the year to ‘62, say about August/September just before the hols. When he was two months off his fifteenth birthday. Someone is having a lend of us; Can you guess. Sanders.
I actually thought that the boy directly behind Jess looked a lot like Robin and assumed that maybe it was one of her brothers!
You are correct JS. See here:
…But the picture on their website is marked 1937 and the windows are looking about the same as on the other photo so, the timeframe would seem correct. Misca.
Also…Second row, the second boy in from the left…I think he looks like a young version of SM. Is there any way to access alumni information? Misca.
No doubt the kid is Robin, so did the family move to Victoria from S.A. or was there a split and who is the little cutie with the halo sitting down in front of Beatle Rob. You can bet London to a brick it ain’t our Jessie circa, ‘35. There‘s so much history missing from this yarn, almost as if we’re not meant to get to the Taman (sic). Sanders.
Don’t let us create any conundrums with this one, the hairstyles give it up and you can see that Robin in particular wears his long which is early sixties trend, certainly not proper for mid thirties and Jessie‘s school days. Now have a look at Robin Thomson ballet gallery and you can compare features with him as a young man OK. Sanders.