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65 Glengall Road

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Island History Trust Image Collection


Mrs Emma Elizabeth Collis (nee Osborne), on the left, at No. 65 Glengall Road, about 1930. Emma was born in Deptford in 1871 and died May 1950; her husband William had died in 1918 and she had three children, William born 1898, Emmeline born 1900 and Hilda, born 1909. The little boy is William Collis, one of Emma's grandsons, who was born on 22nd March 1921. The elderly woman is Mrs Sarah Collis, Emma's mother-in-law. She was born Sarah Wimbush, at Sheldon in Devon, in the 1840s; she died in the 1930s at the age of 96. She came to London as a young woman to look after her two brothers, who were builders at Stratford. She married Wiliam Collis at Limehouse and moved into Glengall Road. Family traditions says that William Collis made masts for the clipper, The Cutty Sark Donated by Mrs I. Lowe