Most of the following photos are of the Hill family from my Grandmother Clarice Hurst (nee Hill) photo albums from 1920’s. Some photos are from before 1920’s. The photos include Emma Jane Day and Millicent Day who lived at Sunnyhurst with my great grandparents.
Sunnyhurst in Bridgetown was the family home built by Ern Hill. One suggestion was to call it Sunnyhill but Ern did not like this name because he was worried if he had a son that he might be teased. They wanted to include the name Sunny and Hurst is an ancient English meaning for wooded hill. The family lived at Sunnyhurst from ~1906 until 1947.
There used to be a picket fence at the front of the Sunnyhurst homestead but it was long gone when my mother was a child (she was born in 1938).
Sunnyhurst had a substantial and impressive garden around the front of the house.
The back of the house faced the road and most people came in through the back entrance. This may be due to the fact that the road was a problem due to Morton Bay figs that had grown very large when she was a child.
The back entry led into the dining room which my mother Janne remembers as being very large with a table, fireplace and some lounge chairs where her grandfather Ern used to listen to the war news on the radio.
The main bedroom was originally occupied by her Grandmother Day (Emma Jane Day).
There was a study on the side of the house filled with National Geographic’s and a billiard room. It also had a room that Ern Hill used as his study.
There was a central passage from the back dining room to the front. On the kitchen side of the house there was a sleep out running the length of the house from the dining room to the front.
The Hill family hosted numerous bridge and tennis parties.
My grandparents Clarice and Charles Herbert Hurst married on Oct 26, 1936 when Clarice was 33. They lived in a small cottage next to the Sunnyhurst Homestead.
The following photos are from Thomas Ockerby Hurst’s photo albums dated Dewsbury 1902 and Sept 1901. The album includes photos taken from around UK between 1894 to 1905.
Thomas Ockerby Hurst was my great grandfather who migrated to Australia in 1914. My cousin Mary was nice enough to allow me access to the albums to digitize the photos.
These are his photos of people and places. His photos of abbey’s, churches and castles are located here.
The Bolton Strid
The Bolton Strid is a brief narrow stretch of the River Warfe between Barden Tower and Bolton Abbey and is one of the most dangerous stretches of water in the UK. The river narrows from approximately forty feet to barely four feet creating a powerful current which has claimed many lives.
Barden Tower is located in Barden about 3 miles from Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire and was built in the late 15th Century.
Crows Nest Park, Dewsbury
Crows Nest Park in Dewsbury opened to the public in 1893 and was founded on the landscaped gardens of a country house estate.
Filey Brigg is a long narrow penisula about a mile north of Filey in North Yorkshire.
The following photos are from my Grandfather Charles Hurst’s collection from before 1930.
The photo below was taken around 1896.
Charlotte Hurst with her mother Ann Ockerby, Ann’s brother John Featherstone and his wife Mary Anne at High Close, circa 1896.
Charlotte is my great-great-Grandmother.
From left to right:
Charlotte Ockerby (widow) b 1841 m 1868 Charles Hurst d 1908 (Charles died 1878)
Ann Featherstone b 1811 m 1835 Thomas Ockerby 1904 (mother of Charlotte)
John Featherstone and Mary Anne Featherstone
The Hutchinson family photo below was taken before my Grandfather Charles Hurst sailed from England to live in Western Australia in 1914.
Fanny and George Hutchinson were my great-great Grandparents. Fanny’s maiden name was Ockerby so when her daughter Mary Ann (my great grandmother) married Thomas Ockerby Hurst (my great grandfather) their children Fanny, Charles (my grandfather) and Sheila Hurst had both Thomas Ockerby and his brother Charles Ockerby as their great-grandfathers.
From back row to front:
Back Row – Thomas Ockerby Hurst, William Hutchinson, Herbert Hutchinson, Charlie Hutchinson, Hamey Goodall
2nd Row – Aunt Edith & Alice, Aunt Mollie, Fanny Hurst, George Hanson Hutchinson (granddad), Charles Hurst, Fanny Hutchinson (Granny), Mary (me), my mother, Aunt Eleanor & Arthur