Friday, January 3, 2020

Youngest daughter Minnie Nevin m. James Drew (1884-1974)

DAY SISTERS, Elizabeth Rachel Nevin, Mary Sophia Axup and descendants
MINNIE DREW nee Nevin and family, Tasmania 1884-1974

Minnie Drew ca. 1917 born Mary Ann Nevin (1884-1974) known to all as Minnie.
Photographer: possibly her father Thomas J. Nevin snr
Youngest daughter of Thomas J. Nevin and Elizabeth Rachel Day
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The Drew Family Album
The Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office (TAHO) received copies of photographs from the estate of Mary Ann Drew, known to her Nevin family as Minnie, donated by V. Hooper of the funeral directors firm Hooper & Burgess, on the 30th August 1974. The photographs were enlarged black and white copies from a family album, and were most likely prepared by Mr V. Hooper for Minnie Drew's funeral service which was conducted on 14 September 1974 at her residence, 19 Raymont Terrace, Mt. Stuart (Hobart).

The photographer of the original photos was not recorded by the TAHO in 1974, and no studio stamp is evident on the recto of each copy. As the original family album from which they were copied has yet to come to light, the photographer attribution can be adduced from the date of the sittings - from when her father Thomas J. Nevin registered Minnie's birth signed with his profession "photographer, New Town 18th December 1884" to 1888 when his youngest son Albert was born.The copies deposited at the Tasmanian Archives Office by the Drew family included two childhood photographs of Thomas and Elizabeth Rachel Nevin's daughter Minnie Nevin, and one of son George Nevin.

1884: Birth Certificate
Detail of registration of Mary Ann nevin's birth with her father's signature and vocation "photographer":

Nevin, Mary Ann
Record Type: Births
Gender: Female
Father: Nevin, Thomas James
Mother: Day, Elizabeth Rachel
Date of birth: 09 Nov 1884
Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:978869
Archives Office Tasmania

In 1884 Thomas Nevin was working from his studio in New Town when he wrote his profession, address and signature as "photographer, New Town, 18 December 1884" on the birth registration of Mary Ann Nevin (1884-1974), known as Minnie to the family and named after Thomas' sister Mary Ann Carr nee Nevin who died in childbirth, Melbourne, in 1878. Thomas Nevin's mother who died in 1875 was also named Mary Ann Nevin (nee Dickson).

1887: a toddler
The earlier one was taken of Minnie as a three year old toddler in 1887. She was dressed in a knee-length frock of thick material, with thick bands of velvet holding in place the pleats of the short sleeves, repeated around the hem, all covered by an enormous white bib, and complemented with white bloomers, white knee socks, and black button up shoes. She was perched on a chair covered with a mass of cushions and a blanket. Minnie stayed calm and attentive as she listened and watched her father capture the image.

Minnie Nevin, aged 3yrs, ca. 1887
Photograph by her father Thomas Nevin, New Town studio
B & W copy deposited 30/8/1974
Ref: NS434/1/236 Tasmanian Archives Collection (TAHO)

Minnie Nevin, aged 3yrs, ca. 1887. Watermarked.
Photograph by her father Thomas Nevin, New Town studio

Three-year old Mary Ann Nevin, known to the family as Minnie, was photographed by her father Thomas J. Nevin at his New Town studio in 1887. While this photograph of his youngest daughter might have been taken for viewing within the family, the later one, taken ca. 1900 (below) may have been taken in a commercial studio.

The photographer's name and studio are not recoverable from these two photographs because they are black and white copies of the original studio portraits. Even so, Thomas J. Nevin might have taken this photograph in 1887 and the later ones below in 1900 and 1917 because he was still active as a photographer into the 1920s. Official documents dated right up to his death in 1923 state "Occupation: Photographer." His burial certificate of 1923 carries the same vocational title - "Photographer". The witnesses to the marriage of his daughter Minnie Nevin to James Henry Alfred Drew in 1907, whether himself or another family member, would have completed the section of the marriage certificate requiring the bride's father's name and his occupation as "Thomas Nevin Photographer" just as the signatories to the marriage certificate of his youngest son Albert Edward Nevin - John and Frances Davis, parents of his bride Emily Maud Davis - registered Albert's father Thomas Nevin's occupation as "Photographer" ten years later, in 1917, viz:

Father's Name (in full) ... Thomas Nevin
Occupation ... Photographer
Mother's Name (in full) Lizza Nevin née Day
Detail of document - see below:
Marriage Certificate of Albert Edward Nevin to Emily Maud Davis 4th March 1917
Thomas Nevin (father of Albert) Occupation: Photographer.
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Clearly, Thomas J. Nevin snr was still active as a photographer well into the 1900s. Family members who readily documented his occupation on official documents would have informed the Registrar otherwise, had it not been the case that he was still working in his profession. This document reveals that his wife, Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day (1847-1914) who was deceased by the time her youngest son Albert married, was known to the family as "Lizza".

1900: thoroughly modern Minnie
For this sitting, teenager Minnie Nevin, barely 16 yrs old, chose to wear a very modern frock in a dark material with white spots. The hem of the pleated skirt, covering her knees while sitting, would have fallen mid-calf when walking. Her dark hair, pulled back into a bushy pony tail from a central part, was arranged to fall loosely over a double layered crochet collar. Thick stockings and ankle boots completed the outfit. The scene was carefully arranged to show the studio's decor to advantage: she was placed on a plinth, holding a long leafy sprig, her feet resting on a log.

Thoroughly modern Minnie Nevin ca. 1900.
Minnie Nevin, aged 15yrs, ca. 1900
Photograph by her father Thomas Nevin, New Town studio
B & W copy deposited 30/8/1974
Ref: NS434/1/230
Tasmanian Archives Collection (TAHO)

Thoroughly modern Minnie Nevin ca. 1900.
Minnie Nevin, aged 15yrs, ca. 1900. Watermarked

1907: marriage to James Drew
Minnie Nevin was 23 years old when she married James Henry Alfred Drew.

DREW-NEVIN. - On March 28, 1907, at the residence of the bride's parents, Elizabeth-street, by the Rev. J. H. Cain, James Henry Drew, eldest son of T. and C. Drew, late of Richmond, now of Hobart, to Minnie, second daughter of T. and E. Nevin, of Hobart.
This was not the only wedding in the immediate family for 1907. Six weeks earlier, Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin's eldest son Thomas James Nevin jnr (1874-1948), known to the family as Sonny or Tom, married Gertrude Jane Tennyson Bates (1883-1958), daughter of renowned bandmaster Walter Tennyson Bates, on 6th February at the Wesleyan Chapel, Hobart.

Thomas J. Nevin jnr, marriage to Gertrude Jane Tennyson Bates
Mercury, 20 February 1907

NEVIN—BATES.—At the Methodist Parsonage, Melville-street, on February 6, 1907, by the Rev. J. A. Jeffreys, Thomas James, eldest son of T. and E. Nevin, to Gertrude Jane Tennyson, eldest daughter of E. and the late Walter Tennyson Bates. By license. Both of Hobart.
Thomas James (Sonny) Nevin's marriage to Gertrude Tennyson Bates
The Mercury (Hobart, Tas.) Wed 20 Feb 1907 Page 1 Family Notices

Minnie's eldest brother, Tom "Sonny" Nevin, his wife Gertrude Tennyson Bates and their son Athol Nevin resided in California with Gertrude's mother and siblings in the early 1920s. They left Sydney on 20th November 1920 on board the SS Ventura . The manifest listed Thomas James (Sonny) Nevin's occupation as furniture carrier, aged 46 yrs, Gertrude T. Nevin, domestic duties, aged 31 yrs and Athol Clarence Nevin, as a student, 9 yrs old. They arrived at their destination, Oakland, California, on 14th December, 1920. Their friend (USA contact) was R. Brown. The USA Alien Entry documentation listed them as citizens of England, ethnicity as "English", and Athol's birthplace as Hobart, Tasmania, even though both parents - Tom and Gertrude - were born in Australia.

1908-1914: mother of five children
Mary Ann Drew gave birth to five children between 1908 and 1914. Her address was recorded as 9 Cedric Street, Hobart, when she registered the births of her daughters, Jean May Drew (1910) and Joyce Elizabeth Drew (1912). Cedric Street North Hobart was changed to Wignall Street in 1939 because it was considered too similar to Frederick Street, West Hobart.

No. 664: Birth of daughter Jean May Drew on 7th August 1910 at No. 9 Cedric St. Hobart Tasmania to Mary (Minnie) Drew (formerly Nevin) married 1907 at Hobart, 25yrs old and James Henry Alfred Drew , 29 yrs old, van proprietor. registered on the 16th September by M. Drew mother Cedric St.
Australia, Tasmania, civil registration of births
Births, Hobart, 1910-02-16-00001-1910-10-31-00800, 1910

No. 330. Birth of daughter Joyce Elizabeth Drew on 22 Nov 1912 at Cedric St. Hobart, Tasmania to Mary Ann (Minnie) Drew, 28 yrs old, formerly Nevin (m. 1907) and James Henry Alfred Drew,32 yrs old, of Richmond Tasmania, Carrier.
Australia, Tasmania, civil registration of births
Births, Hobart, 1912-08-25-00001-1912-12-31-00352, 1912

1917: another wedding
The occasion for this photograph (below) of Minnie Drew, 33 yrs old by 1917, was possibly the wedding of her youngest sibling Albert Edward Nevin to Emily Maud Davis on 4th March 1917 at Launceston. As already noted (see above), the signatories to their marriage certificate - John and Frances Davis, parents of Albert's bride Emily - informed the Registrar that the occupation of Thomas J. Nevin, father of the bridegroom, was "photographer".

Detail of Marriage Certificate of Albert Edward Nevin to Emily Maud Davis 4th March 1917
Thomas Nevin (father of Albert) Occupation: Photographer.
Mother's name Lizza Nevin nee Day
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Marriage Certificate of Albert Edward Nevin to Emily Maud Davis 4th March 1917
Thomas Nevin (father of Albert) Occupation: Photographer.
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NEVIN-DAVIS. - On the 5th March, by the Rev. W. l. Toshhach, Albert Nevin, of Hobart, to Emily, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Davis, of Russell-street, Launceston
Marriage of Albert Nevin and Emily maud Davis
Examiner (Launceston, Tas.) Wed 7 Mar 1917 Page 1 Family Notices

Minnie's youngest brother and youngest child of Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin, Albert E. Nevin, Hobart, 1914
Verso inscription; "To Miss E. Davis, From Mr. A. Nevin, 1914"
Name of horse and phographer unknown.
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Emily Maud Davis a few years before her marrriage to Albert E. Nevin in 1917
Cardboard backing bent and broken.
Unknown photographer, unknown date, ca. 1912
Ignoring the enormous flower-laden hat, Emily was possibly wearing a uniform in this photo.
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Albert Edward Nevin was born at the Nevin family residence and business, 236 Elizabeth Street, Hobart in 1888. He married Emily Maud Davis (1891-1971) on the 4th March, 1917, at Launceston, Tasmania. He died in 1955, aged 67 yrs. Emily was three years younger but died sixteen years later, in 1971, aged 80 yrs.

In 1917, with five children all under 9 years old, including three year old twins, Minnie Drew's life centred on the education and welfare of her own family. Her husband's carrier business was supported by her brothers Tom (Sonny), William (Will) and Albert Nevin who trained horses for their cartage business as well as trotters for their respective sporting ventures at the race track.

Minnie Drew ca. 1917 born Mary Ann Nevin (1884-1974) known to all as Minnie.
Photographer: possibly her father Thomas J. Nevin snr
Youngest daughter of Thomas J. Nevin and Elizabeth Rachel Day
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Minnie's older brother William John Nevin (1878-1927)
Verso inscription "William J. Nevin, Furniture Removalist"
Unattributed, no date, ca. 1926? Died in a cart accident, 1927.
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Signs of prosperity:
[Above]: William wore a Prince Albert fob chain anchored to his vest pocket with a lion passant silver hallmark (.925 purity) ornament to secure his fob watch (not visible) for this full-length studio portrait.
[Below]: William's leather wallet bearing his name "W. J. Nevin". It may have belonged to his father's brother Jack with the same name, Constable John or William John Nevin (1852-1891):

Leather wallet "W. J. Nevin" 1880s-1927
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Race horses, draught horses and trotters were the focus of Minnie Drew's family life and livelihood. Husband James Drew entered a starter "Miss Bobby" in the Spring Handicap, January 1917, and younger brother Albert Nevin, recently returned from Launceston with his new bride Emily, was racing his starter "Rosalind" in the Derwent Handicap at Moonah by August. James Drew also showcased draught and dray horses at the annual Hobart Show, selling them eventually when he acquired a motor van for his parcel delivery business. Minnie's older brother William Nevin established a carrier and furniture removal business which he partnered with his elder brother Tom (Sonny) Nevin and James Drew in the 1910s, operating from Morrison St. Hobart Wharf. When Minnie's siblings May, Albert, George and William Nevin moved to the property at 23-29 Newdegate St. in 1923 on the death of their father Thomas J. Nevin (registered as "photographer" on his burial certificate), William J. Nevin maintained the carrier business there until his untimely death in a horse and cart accident in 1927.
Furniture Removed and Stored, prompt
attention. J. H. DREW, Morrison street.
Wharf 'Phone 249
James Drew's luggage van business 1919
Source: World (Hobart, Tas. : 1918 - 1924 Thu 6 Feb 1919 Page 2 Advertising

1930s: Minnie Drew and May Nevin with the Axups
This much-handled photograph shows Thomas and Elizabeth Nevin's youngest daughter, Minnie Drew nee Nevin on left (b. 1884, so she would have been 55 yrs old here ), and their eldest daughter May Nevin on right (b.1872, so she would have 67 yrs old here) - a difference of twelve years separated their births. Their cousin Eva Baldwin nee Axup, Mary Sophia's eldest daughter, second from right, was six years younger than May Nevin (b. 1878, so she would have been 61 yrs old here) and six years older than Minnie Nevin. Their aunt Mary Sophia Axup (second from left) was born in 1853 and died in 1942, a few years after this photograph was taken. She would have been 86 yrs old on this occasion, which was possibly the wedding of her granddaughter, Eva Baldwin's daughter Ella Baldwin to Glynn Davis (1939). The Nevin sisters, who would have attended the wedding, posed here with their cousin Eva Baldwin and "Aunt Axup" as she was known to the Nevins, at the railway station on their way back to Hobart from Launceston.

From left to right:
Minnie Drew (nee Mary Ann Nevin) Thomas & Elizabeth Nevin's youngest daughter
Mary Sophia Axup nee Day, sister of Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day and aunt of Minnie and May
Eva Baldwin nee Axup,Mary Sophia Axup's eldest daughter
and May (Mary Florence Elizabeth) Nevin, Thomas and Elizabeth's Nevin's eldest daughter
Taken ca. 1939. Copyright © KLW NFC Private Collections 2009 and 2020 ARR.

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Verso inscribed by a grand niece of Mary Sophia Axup, probably a daughter of her nephew Albert Nevin. She was always called simply Auntie Axup, by the children of her Nevin nieces and nephews, rather than the technically correct "Great Aunt Axup";
"DREW nee NEVIN Auntie Minnie youngest
Auntie Axup, [sic, she was great aunt Mary Sophia Axup to Albert and Emily' Nevin's children]
Auntie Eva, Uncle Sid's wife
Auntie May, eldest NEVIN"

1963: widow of James Drew
Minnie Drew's husband James Drew was retired when he died on 15th August 1963. His wife Mary Ann (Minnie) Drew was the sole executor and beneficiary of his estate, which was proved on 25th September 1963. His occupation was listed as parcel delivery proprietor.

Last Will and Testament of James Henry Alfred Drew

Drew, James Henry Alfred
Record Type:Wills
File number:44111
Record ID:NAME_INDEXES:682615
Source: Archives Office Tasmania

1974: Minnie Drew nee Nevin deceased
Minnie Drew died on 12th September 1974. Her will was drawn up, dates and witnessed on 31st August 1963.

Above: The first page of Mary Ann Drew's will in which she states she leaves her estate to her two sons, Reginald James Drew and Cyril Edward Drew, named as both her Executors and her Trustees, and which she signed together with two witnesses, F. M. Marshall and S. Axup.

The first witness, F. M. Marshall of 69 Federal St. North Hobart, Tasmania, Mail Officer, P.M.G.'s Dept. may have been a son-in-law, i.e. the second husband of her daughter Lola (1914-1996) whose first husband Reg Stevens died on 9th March 1950.

The second witness, Sidney Vernon James Axup of the Nepean Highway, Rye, Victoria, Retired Civil Servant, was her first cousin, the son of her mother's sister Mary Sophia Day who married Hector Charles Axup at Kangaroo Valley, Hobart on 1st May 1878.

Sidney Axup was born in Hobart on 31 October 1882 and died at Springvale, Victoria on 25 July 1975 less than a year after the death of Minnie Drew nee Nevin. With his wife Emily Axup nee Tyson, he was a regular visitor to the Nevin household at 23-29 Newdegate St. North Hobart from the 1920s to the 1950s. He was photographed with his sister Eva Baldwin nee Axup in 1968. Brother and sister were born on the same day, 31st. October, 4 years apart.

A DOUBLE birthday celebration for Mrs E. Baldwin and her brother, Mr. S. Axup was held on Thursday. Mrs Baldwin who was 90 years of age, lives with her daughter and son-in-law, Mr and Mrs G. Davis of 102 Maude St., Shepparton. Mr Axup (86 years) journeyed from Rye to be with his sister.
Source: Shepparton News 1968 [n.d.]
Brother and sister born on the same day, 31st. October, 4 years apart.
Newspaper clip courtesy of John Davis (JMD)

Above: the second page of Minnie Drew's will. She died on 12 September 1974 at her address, 19 Raymont Terrace, Mt. Stuart (Hobart), Tasmania. The will was proved on 12 December 1974.

Drew, Mary Ann
Record Type: Wills
Year: 1974
File number: 59116
Record ID: NAME_INDEXES:701941
Source: Archives Office Tasmania


Burial Record: Hobart Public Cemetery
Mary Ann Drew, 14 Sept 1974
Archives Office Tasmania

A brief summary of generational levels
NB: The names by which they were commonly known are indicated in heavy type.

(a) GENERATION ONE: Dickson, Nevin, Day and Goldsmith
Mary Ann Nevin nee Dickson (1810-1875) and John Nevin snr (1808-1887) had four children, all born near Belfast, Ireland between 1842 and 1852, prior to arrival as free settlers at Hobart, Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania) in July 1852. Mary Ann Dickson was the sister of rose grower Alexander Dickson, established at Newtonards, Ireland. John Nevin snr was a former soldier (First Scots Regiment), a journalist, poet and gardener.

Children of Mary Ann Nevin nee Dickson and John Nevin snr

1. Thomas James (Thos) Nevin (1842-1923) m. Elizabeth Rachel Day (1847-1914)
2. Mary Ann Nevin (1844-1878) m. John Carr
3. Rececca Jane Nevin (1847-1865)
4. William John (Jack) Nevin (1852-1891)

Children of Rachel Day nee Pocock (ca. 1812-1857) and Captain James Day (1806-1882). Rachel Day nee Pocock died of "consumption" at Hobart in 1857, and Captain James Day died in 1882 at the home of his younger daughter Mary Sophia Axup, Battery Point, Hobart. Photographer Thomas James Nevin married Elizabeth Rachel Day on 11th July, 1871 at Kangaroo Valley, Hobart.

1.Elizabeth Rachel (Lizza) Day (1847-1914) m. Thomas J. Nevin (1842-1923)
2. Mary Sophia Day (1853-1942) m. Hector Charles James Horatio Axup (1843-1927)

Children of Elizabeth Goldsmith nee Day (1802-1875), sister of Captain James Day, and Captain Edward Goldsmith (1804-1869). These were the Goldsmith cousins of the Day sisters, Elizabeth Rachel Day and Mary Sophia Day. Richard died in Hobart, 24 yrs old, in 1854 and Edward jnr died in Rochester (UK) in 1883.

1. Richard Sydney Goldsmith (1830-1854)
2. Edward Goldsmith jnr (1836-1883) m. Sarah Jane Rivers (1835-1926)

(b) GENERATION TWO: Day, Nevin, and Axup
Mary Sophia Axup nee Day (1853-1942) and Hector Charles James Horatio Axup (1843-1927) had five children between 1878 and 1891.

Children of Mary Sophia Axup nee Day and Hector C. Axup
NB: These dates may not be totally accurate.

1. Rachel Frances Eva Axup (1878-1978) m. P. Baldwin
2. Sidney James Vernon Axup (1882-1975) m. Emily Tyson
3. Edward Harold Leslie Axup (1885-1964) m.
4. Patience Ella Mary Axup (1889-1913)
5. Olive Lilian Ethel Axup (1891- ? ) m. Wilshire

Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day (1847-1914) and Thomas James Nevin (1842-1923) had seven children, six surviving to adulthood. Three sons - Sydney, William and George - were born at the Hobart Town Hall during their father's residency as Office and Hall Keeper. Sydney died four months after birth.

Children of Elizabeth Rachel Nevin nee Day and Thomas J. Nevin:

1. Mary Florence Elizabeth (May) Nevin (1872-1955)
2. Thomas James (Sonny) Nevin (1874-1948) m. Gertrude Tennyson Bates (1883-1958)
3. Sydney John Nevin (1876-1877)
4. William John Nevin (1878-1927)
5. George Ernest Nevin (1880-1957)
6. Mary Ann (Minnie) Nevin (1884-1974) m. James Henry Alfred Drew (1878-1963)
7. Albert Edward Nevin (1888-1955) m. Emily Maud Davis (1891-1971)

(c) GENERATION THREE: Nevin and Drew
Mary Ann (Minnie) Drew nee Nevin (1884-1974) and James Henry Drew (1878-1963) had five children between 1908 and 1914: the twins Lola and Lorna were born last.

Children of Minnie (Mary Ann) Drew nee Nevin and James Henry Drew

1. Reginald James Drew (1908-1988) m. Eva May Brown (1915-1988)
2. Jean May Drew (1910-1994) m. Arthur George Shelverton (1909-1979)
3. Joyce Elizabeth Drew (1912-1997)
4. Lola Drew (1914-1996) twin with Lorna, m. Reginald Hubert Stevens (1912-1950)
5. Lorna Drew (1914-2001) twin with Lola, m. Athol Ronald Richardson (1914-2001)

Photograph in fair to poor condition of Arthur Shelverton and Mary Sophia Axup ca. 1939
Taken at the Nevin family property, Newdegate St. North Hobart
Horse float on left, lattice work of the back verandah of the big house in background
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Arthur Shelverton (1909-1979) who married Minnie Drew nee Nevin's first-born daughter Jean May Drew (1910-1994) was photographed at the Nevin family property, 23-29 Newdegate St. North Hobart, with his grandmother-in-law, i.e. his wife Jean Shelverton nee Drew's grandmother, Mary Sophia Axup nee Day. ca. 1939. Three generations of the Shelverton family worked in various roles at the Theatre Royal, Hobart from the 1950s to the 2000s.

(c) GENERATION THREE cont: Nevin and Davis
Emily Maud Davis (1891-1971) was the only child born to Frances Florence Davis nee Stewart and John William Davis. She married Albert Edward Nevin (1888-1955) on 4th March 1917 at Launceston.

Children born to Emily Maud Nevin nee Davis (1891-1971) and Albert Edward Nevin (1888-1955):

1.Eva Elizabeth Nevin (1917-2008)
2.Hilda Maud Nevin (1919-2007)
3.Rose May Nevin (1920-2007)
4.Donald Edward Nevin (1922-1999)
5.Betty June Nevin (1925-2012)
6. Maragaret (Margie) Dorothy Nevin (1928-2017)
7. William (Bill) George Nevin (1930-2018)
8.Peter Nevin (1937-)

Eva Nevin in her Elizabeth Street Practicing School uniform and plaits ca. 1929
Taken with one of her father's horses, Newdegate St. North Hobart
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The eldest daughter of Albert and Emily Nevin nee Davis, Eva Elizabeth Nevin (1917-2008) was photographed in the same spot featured in so many of these family photographs, in front of the back verandah of the big house, 23 Newdegate Street, ca. 1929 in her school uniform with one of her father's horses. Eva Nevin attended Elizabeth Street School from 1923 to 1932. This is her leaving report, signed by J. W. Blackie, Master of Method, Elizabeth Street Practising School (Hobart):

Eva Nevin's leaving report, Elizabeth Street Practising School  1932. 
Signed by J. W. Blackie, Master of Method
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To all whom it may concern,
This is to certify that Eva Nevin has attended this school for the whole of her school life.
Whilst at this school, she was a diligent, well behaved student.
At all times I found her to be reliable, trustworthy & conscientious.
J. W. Blackie
Master of Method
Eliz. St. Practising School Hobart
Eva eloped to Melbourne with her lover, Albert Frederick Morris (born 1917 Birmingham, UK) and known as Bert, in 1935. They married the same year.

(d) GENERATION FOUR: Drew and Shelverton
Grandchildren of Minnie (Mary Ann) Drew nee Nevin and James Henry Drew, children of

1. Di Drew (1948 - ) daughter of Reg and Eva Drew
2. Kevin Shelverton (1937-2014), son of Jean and Arthur Shelverton
3. Denis Shelverton (1943-2015), son of Jean and Arthur Shelverton
etc etc

Di Drew, film and television director (Australia) on the set of the Australian TV series 1915 in 1982.
Source: formerly available at Di Drew's home page gallery.

Di Drew (b. 1948 - ) is a great-grand-daughter of photographer Thomas J. Nevin and Elizabeth Rachel Day, a grand-daughter of their daughter Minnie (Mary Ann) Drew nee Nevin, and the only daughter of Reggie and Eva Drew.

FAMILY TREE submitted by Anna Graves

Family Tree submitted by Anna Graves:
"Pedigree Resource File," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 15 December 2019), entry for Mary Ann NEVIN, cites sources; "annapanna" file (2:2:2:MM68-TG1), submitted 8 June 2018 by Anna Graves

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

Christmas from our Archives

CHARLES DICKENS and CAPTAIN GOLDSMITH The Gadshill mail box 1859
CHRISTMAS DRINKS at the MAYPOLE Drunk and disorderly at New Town 1885
CHRISTMAS CONCERT Theatre Royal Hobart ca. 1958

A Christmas portrait by T. J. Nevin of a toddler holding a sprig of holly, hand coloured red and green
Verso bears Nevin's Royal Warrant stamp ca. 1874
From © The Lucy Batchelor Collection 2009 ARR [PC]

The Hobart Mercury front page reduced to a cdv, 1874
On Christmas Day, 25th December 1874, the Mercury newspaper (Tasmania) published a notice which served the dual purpose of praising Thomas Nevin's photographic talents and suggesting by way of praise that the "literary curiosity" would make a great gift as a Christmas card:

T. J. Nevin's photographic feat, Mercury 25 December 1874

A PHOTOGRAPHIC FEAT. - Mr T. J. Nevin, of Elizabeth-street, has performed a feat in photography which may be justly regarded as a literary curiosity. He has succeeded in legibly producing the front page of The Mercury of Wednesday, the 23 inst., on a card three inches by two inches. Many of the advertisements could be read without the aid of a glass, and the seven columns admit of a margin all round the card.
See the full page here of the Mercury, 23 December 1874
Read more here: Thomas Nevin's Christmas feat 1874

Connections past and present
On January 18th, 2014, this weblog posted an article with reference to two of Charles Dickens' letters complaining about his neighbour, retired master mariner Captain Edward Goldsmith at Gadshill, in the village of Higham, Kent (UK). The first letter dated 1857 concerned Captain Goldsmith's monopoly of the water supply in the village, and the second dated 1859 concerned the location of the village mailbox outside Captain Goldsmith's house. It took just a few months in 2014, from January when we first posted the reference to Captain Goldsmith and the Higham mailbox in Charles Dickens' letters, to December 2014 when this now famous mailbox found restitution as a fully operational service of the Royal Mail. Perhaps we played a small part in bringing the mailbox back into service. Our generous Captain Goldsmith, without doubt, is the ancestor who keeps on giving.

Source: Marion Dickens and friends at Charles Dickens’s personal postbox, outside his Kent home, recommissioned ahead of Christmas. Photograph: Royal Mail/PA 2014

Read more here: A Christmas Story: Captain Goldsmith, Charles Dickens and the Higham mail box.

A few drinks on Christmas Eve 1885
Thomas Nevin's photographic studio in the years 1880-1888 was located in New Town where he resumed commercial photography after his departure from the position of Office and Hall Keeper, Hobart Town Hall, in early 1881 and continued photographic contractual work with bailiff duties for the New Town Territorial Police and the Hobart Municipal Police Office. He listed his occupation as "Photographer, New Town" on the birth registration of his youngest daughter Minnie (Mary Ann Nevin) in December 1884. His adult children listed their father's occupation as "Photographer" on their respective marriage certificates in the early 1900s including his affectionate name for their mother - "Lizza" - right to the last marriage in 1917 of their youngest son Albert Edward Nevin to Emily Maud Davis. Even at his death in 1923, Thomas J. Nevin's occupation was registered as "Photographer" on the cemetery's burial certificate.

On or about Christmas Eve, December 24th 1885, William Curtis, Thomas Nevin and and an unnamed "first offender" were celebrating the Season of Cheer with a few drinks when they were each fined 5s. for "drunk and disorderly conduct at New Town".

Stereograph by Thomas J. Nevin of the Maypole Inn and Congregational Church behind, ca. 1870.
Verso inscribed by an archivist with location details. Sourced from eBay March 2016.

Read more here: A few drinks on Christmas Eve 1885 at New Town

The traditional sprig of holly
Carte-de-visite portraits were taken in the 1870s by Thomas J. Nevin at the request of clients and colleagues who wanted to gift their portrait as a Christmas Card. They were invariably posed holding the traditional sprig of holly, or whatever was grown locally that would represent holly, tinted red and green always as the two colours readily recognised as signifiers of Christmas.

Above: teenage girl holding a sprig, daubed red and green, ca. 1874
Portrait inscribed verso with the transcription "Clifford & Nevin, Hobart Town"
From © The G.T. Harrisson Collection 2006 ARR [PC]

Read more here: The red and green tinted sprigs and Wm Maguire

Thomas Nevin's cdv of Hobart's fire bell signals
Thomas Nevin's photographic reductions of large printed documents to the size of a carte-de-visite - 54.0 mm (2.125 in) × 89 mm (3.5 in) mounted on a card sized 64 mm (2.5 in) × 100 mm (4 in) - "evoked much admiration" when reported in the press. His first noted experiment in 1870 was the replication to a pocket sized card of the Town Clerk's poster which provided the public with information on how to interpret fire bell alarms.

Even though the electric alarm system might have been in operation in Hobart by the late 1870s, Mr. H. Wilkinson, Town Clerk, and Thomas J. Nevin, Office-keeper of the Hobart Municipal Council, considered it a necessary public service to publish a diagram in the Mercury Almanac for 1878 on New Year's Day, January 1st,1878, showing the number of strokes of the fire bell for each sequence signifying the fire's location, viz:from the intersection of Liverpool and Harrington streets in the north (2 strokes) and west (3 strokes), to the intersection of Harrington Street and Montepellier Road, i.e. Montepellier Retreat, to the south (4 strokes) and east (1 stroke) rising from New Wharf (now Salamanca Place) to Battery Point (5 strokes).

The city is divided into five parts, as shown below. After the general alarm for a fire has been rung, the proper signal will be given, being repeated five times, with an interval of one minute between each : -
West 3 Strokes.
North 2 Strokes.
Liverpool Street - Harrington Street
South 4 Strokes.
East 1 Stroke.
Battery Point and New Wharf;
5 Strokes.
Source:The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860 - 1954) Tue 1 Jan 1878 Page 1 FIRE BELL SIGNALS, HOBART TOWN.

Read more here:Thomas Nevin's photographic reductions of large documents 1870s

... And from the 1950s

Norma Witts, Santa Claus and children from the Norma Witts Dance School
Christmas Concert, Theatre Royal Hobart ca. 1958
From © KLW NFC Group Private Collection 2020

"Tea and sugar Tommy" Chapman