Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Found! The Stables family

Never in a million years did I think we would ever find photographs of the Stables family who were the original owners of the Sow's Ear. If you are new to Fun and VJs, part of our renovation journey also involves researching the history of our home. You can read all the History blog posts here (you'll have to scroll down a bit).

There was no immediate next of kin as far as I was aware...that was the case until I was contacted a week ago by a cousin of the Stables via the Fun and VJs Facebook page.  The power of social media is strong!! 

This relation had generously offered to provide me the information they had compiled for a comprehensive family tree, which included information about the Stables branch of the line.

Zoila (known as Dolly), Florence (known as Ethel), Stanley and Mary Ann Florence Stables (nee Day and known as Florry)

And there were many photographs! To say I was completely blown away by the contents of the email I received yesterday would understate the emotion I felt...To finally put faces to the names of the people who lived in the Sow's Ear was one of my dearest wishes.

Zoila and Florence (Dolly and Ethel) when Zoila graduated from the University of Queensland.

photographic portrait of Stanley Stables
There's more to the story but it's getting late and I will post more in the next few days...


  1. That's absolutely amazing! I never thought you'd ever get that much information about the family. To think that it all came about because of Facebook is a little mind-blowing. I wish I could have seen your face when you first saw the photos. I'm sure it was a very emotional experience. They were a handsome family, weren't they?

    1. I had given up hope. But I suppose all I needed to do was be patient!!

  2. Oh fantastic! Don't I recognise that sun deck??

  3. luff this!!! love the names!! you are lucky xxx

  4. Wow - amazing! How wonderful that you have filled in a part of your home's history.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  5. Oh my, you found them, Anita!! So happy for you! It must be such a lovely feeling to know the names and faces of that beautiful family, and picture them in the rooms you now inhabit. I bet this makes you feel very close to them and that it adds some new "layers" to your home!

  6. Awesome post .i hope everybody will like your post

  7. Wow, the holy grail of photos! Zoila is striking isn't she? I hit the jackpot with Betsy too when I was stuck at home in bed with my leg but I haven't had time to post yet, reminded me to add that to the endless list! mel x

  8. "Fun and VJs" has been included in the A Sunday Drive for this week. Be assured that I hope this helps to point even more new visitors in your direction.


  9. How fantastic - I would love to be able to do that for my little country cottage!


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