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Digital Gallery Images

The Gallery includes images of the borough's streets and buildings and portraits of people and communities. The Digital Gallery images are displayed as thumbnails. Full size images can be viewed by clicking on a thumbnail.

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Plevna Street 1950s

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Brian Mills ('Ginger'), with rabbit; Derek (‘Dell') Downey and Ray Fitzearle and the family dog, Paddy. This photograph was taken in the garden of a Plevna Street prefab in 1950. Behind the boys is a trellis arch overgrown with roses and honeysuckle. To the right is the corrugated coal shed - this was used as a playhouse for the children, and the wooden addition was used for storing coal. Brian and Ray became barge-builders when they grew up, and Derek became a plater/ welder. From Buddie Penn