Eleanor Wingate and her daughter-in-law, Jane Emma Terry at Percy Lodge, Potts Point, around 1865 / Thomas Wingate (attrib.)
Identified in pencil, in Thomas Wingate's hand?, ln album page below image: Mrs W & Mrs R.R.T. Further iidentified in pencil in another hand: Mrs Wingate & Mrs Richard Rouse Terry.
This photograph is one item within a small album containing 97 carte-de-visite photographs. The album appears to have been compiled by Thomas Wingate (1807-1869) since Wingate's pencilled identifications appear on the album page below many of the photographs. It also includes a number of photographs taken by Wingate himself.
Thomas Wingate was a sketcher, amateur photographer & army officer, born in France in March 1807, second son of Captain George Thomas Wingate RN of Stirling, Scotland, and Thomasina, nee Devonshire. He entered the British army in May 1826, serving in Ceylon (Sri Lanka) 1828-1832 and then in India 1835-1842 as a lieutenant in the 2nd or Queen's Royal Regiment. He retired with the rank of Captain in 1846, arrived in Sydney in 1852 and in 1854 was commissioned as a Major commanding the 1st New South Wales Rifle Volunteers. He also served as a magistrate on the bench of Sydney's Water Police Court and Central Police Court from 1855 to 1861. In 1856 he married Eleanor Terry, nee Rouse, daughter of Richard Rouse, builder of Rouse Hill House between Parramatta and Windsor. Wingate lived at Eleanor's house, Percy Lodge, Wylde Street, Potts Point from 1856 until his death in 1869.
The album includes several photographs of members of the extended Rouse and Terry families. This portrait depicts Eleanor Wingate with her daughter-in-law Jane Emma Terry (nee Peters) wife of Richard Rouse Terry, Eleanor's third son from her first marriage to John Terry. He was born in 1838 at the Terry family property Box Hill near Windsor, New South Wales. The Terrys were a wealthy family and Richard received a gentleman's education, first at W. T. Cape's celebrated Elfred House Private School in Glenmore Road, Paddington and later at the Reverend W.H. Savigny's Collegiate School, Newcastle. After completing his education at the University of Sydney he travelled to England and Europe on an extended tour. He was living in Clapham Park, Surrey, when he married Jane Emma Peters at St Matthew's Parish Church, Brixton, in March 1864. She was born in Brixton, daughter of William Peters, a merchant, and his wife Jane Judd. [MM, October 2017]