sometimes a family secret is just an upset kid.

one of the things i found interesting when i was back in tassie, was an old family photo album. i’ve never really had any connection with my family history, but i do love some old photos.

but this had something extra to it. a mystery.

to start off, here is a picture of the interior cover. it’s near illegible to me, more because of the writing style and faded ink. but it starts off with the date my great grandmother got married and then lists the birth of all her children.

Inside cover
Inside cover

what got me really interested was the bottom of the page. it looks like someone’s name has been scrubbed out.


there is no record of any children after the name that is listed above. strange, but then one of the pictures inside is this…

as you can tell the face of the baby has been nearly scratched out. (here is a rough highlight.)


add to that, that this is one of the few pictures in the whole album that actually has some hand writing on the back of it. part of it also looks like it’s been scrubbed out.


now the obvious answer was maybe some young kid got to it and in a fit of sibling rivalry tried to removed what ever sibling had ticked them off. it would explain why the picture was defaced rather than thrown away.

my response is, ‘true, but stfu. let me have some mystery in my life!’

the problems are that there is that there looks to be an extra entry on the registry at the front, where there are no official records of another child. hardly any photos inside have any inscriptions to let you know who is who, or when the photo was taken. so basically, considering the multitude of possibilities what may have happened here and the lack of information,  i think this might be a mystery that will never be solved.

still, i would love to here any theories anyone has. even if they are just an overly dramatic made up story.


7 thoughts on “sometimes a family secret is just an upset kid.”

  1. oooh i LOVE a bit of mystery!! and i think i know what happened!! i think this child is not actually your great grandmothers child… i think it was their servants illegitimate child that they adopted to cover up a scandalous love after, but when the young servant turned 18 she stole the child back and ran away and your great grandmother was so heart broken as she had come to love it as her own that she tried to destroy any reminders…


  2. i love these old photos, i find them so interesting and i love to image whatever happened to these people… but i also find them a bit spooky. they are never smiling!everyone looks so evil!

  3. By the way, this is kind of relevant to a story I’m working on at the moment about a child that dies and what happens to the family thereafter.

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