Friday, 17 October 2014

Sepia Saturday - Cobblers


My subject for Sepia Saturday this week is a Cobbler or Bootmaker.

My maternal grandmother's uncle, Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan 2nd, was a very well known and highly respected man in the small Victorian township of Euroa.

He was one of Euroa's earliest bootmakers 

Thomas was born in Euroa in 1868, the second eldest son of thirteen children to parents Thomas Fitzherbert Morgan and Mary Ann Pike.

He was born with a club foot.  Perhaps that was a contributing factor for him choosing the bootmaker trade.


I really like Tom Morgan's sense of humour in this newspaper advert.



Thomas was a member of the Ancient Order of Druids at Euroa.

He married Sarah McNay in 1894 and they had eleven children all born at Euroa.



cobblers

11 comments:

  1. Well done on achieving a post which is so on theme. Having pictures of an ancestor who was actually a bootmaker will make you the envy of the other Sepians! But you still have word verification switched on :(

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  2. That advertisement was both humorous & clever. I think I would have been swayed to his business by such a whimsical ad. :))

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  3. Marvellous photos! I'm away this week so not blogging, but I have previously posted about an English ancestor's bootmaker shop.

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  4. It would be very practical for someone with a club foot to be able to make and repair his own custom shoes.

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  5. Great photos and bang on theme. If Thomas hadn't been a bootmaker you might say it was a 'shoe in.'

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  6. The first photo of Tom Morgan in the doorway of the cobbler's shop is excellent, demonstrating how effective doorways can be at framing the subject and displaying character. Thanks for sharing it.

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  7. Marvellous photos - parituclarly that first one. Very droll remark Mr Scotney - very droll.

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  8. This is a great post. I really enjoyed it. How wonderful that you have that newspaper article and poem!

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  9. That's a fantastic photo Kerryn, just perfect for the theme. And the poem just adds a different touch with its witticisms.

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  10. Excellent ad! Do people repair shoes anymore? There are a couple shops near where I live, but I never bother repairing worn heels although I remember doing so in the past.

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  11. Great photos. We have a local shoe repairer who always seems to be busy but he doesn't get much business from me these days. An uncle of mine married a Euroa girl so perhaps she had used the Morgan shop.

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