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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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McDougalls Flour Mill, Millwall Docks 1937

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Workers at McDougalls Flour Mill, Millwall Docks, Isle of Dogs, in 1937. They are sitting on the staircase of what was then a new building, housing packing, storage and loading departments, with an air-raid shelter underground. From the back: Ellen Lowery, Louie Ilson, Annie Bedford, Clara Smith, Ada Brinkley, Joan Clark, Maggie Matthews, Alice Lowery, Clara Hope, Rosie Goodbody. The photograph was taken with Ellen Lowery's Brownie box camera which she smuggled into work against regulations. by Doris McCartney