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Family photographs, 1850s-1970s

Identifier: Coll-1937/5

Scope and Contents

This series contains approximately 60 black-and-white family photographs, dating from the 1850s up to the 1950s. The provenance is not clear and the pictures have no caption, however many of them appear to be related to Arthur Patrick Logan Turner (1914-1998), one of William Aldren Turner's sons, and to Hilda Turner.

Approximaltely 40 photographs date from the Second World War, and show service men in uniform and ATS members, as well as some landscapes. Arthur P. L. Turner served in the Royal Regiment of artillery during the War, and Hilda Turner was an ATS member. Included with these photographs are a recommendation letter from Lieutnenant Colonel J. Macdonald to Campbell College on Captain A. P. L. Turner, a membership certificate from The Mothers' Union signed by Hilda Turner and dated 2 March 1949, and a booklet for 'The fourth anniversary of 477 (M) H.A.A. Battery R.A., 11th September 1941 to 1945'.

The rest of the photographs are mainly portraits, including portraits of children, and snapshots. The oldest picture is a daguerreotype or ambrotype dating from the 1850s, and showing a little girl and her pet rabbit. It comes from the studio of Rufus P. Anson, who started as a daguerreotypist in 1852 and was located at 589 Broadway, New York, from 1853 to after 1860.

There are also nine photographs albums featuring Dr William Aldren Turner and his family throughout their lives, as well as friends and colleagues. His close family consisted of his wife, Helen Mary Mackenzie Macdougall (1886-1961, abbreviated HMM in the albums), whom he married in 1909, and his three sons John William Aldren Turner (1911-1980, abbreviated "JWAT"), Arthur Patrick Logan Turner (1914-1998, abbreviated "APLT"), and Anthony Chalmers Turner (1918-1992, abbreviated "ACT"). The albums are mostly of trips and family life (including William A. Turner and Helen Mary Mackenzie's wedding in 1909), although there is an album "presented to William Aldren Turner M.B. C.M. by the patients of his ward as a token of their esteem and regard. Royal Edinburgh Infirmary - April 1888.", and an album compiled by a family member (unidentified) when they were serving the 96th Berar Infantry in Hyderabad and Secunderabad, India in 1908, with drawings and postcards.


  • Creation: 1850s-1970s

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60 photographs (approx)

10 albums