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The Parsonage, Cobbitty, c1875 / H T Lock
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The Parsonage, Cobbitty, c1875 / H T Lock
Lock, H. T.
1 carte-de-visite; sepia toned ; 6.2 x 9.6 cm.
Verso carries the handwritten inscription: "The Parsonage Cobbitty / Nov. 1875. For dear Millie, with Annie's love". A second copy of this photograph is pasted into a Thorne family album.
The church of St Paul's, Cobbitty, had been built in 1842 but the incumbent at that time, the Rev Thomas Hassall, lived in his own house Denbigh at Narellan. Reverend Pain was appointed incumbent at St Paul's in April 1868, following the Reverend Hassall's death in March of that year.
At the time this photograph was taken the Parsonage at Cobbitty was the home of the incumbent Rev Arthur Wellesley Pain. He and his family were the first occupants of the house and remained in residence until 1883. Tenders had been called for the erection of the building (George Allen Mansfield was the architect.) in August 1869. [ref: SMH 5 August 1869 p.8] The building was completed in 1871 and in that year A W Pain married Annie Bisdee Thorne. [ref: Arthur Franklyn Pain 'Arthur Wellesley Pain (1841-1920): a biographical memoir', 1981.
The inscription on the verso of the photograph is from Annie Pain (nee Thorne) to one of her younger sisters, Melina (Millie) Thorne.
Estate of Rosalie Ann Watkins, nee Thorne, (1850-1927) of Penrose, Marsden Street Parramatta; Estate of Gertrude Mary Lethbridge Watkins (1874-1962) of Parramatta; Kenneth Stewart, Sydney antiquarian bookseller.
Caroline Simpson Library & Research Collection ;
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