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St. Anne's Limehouse

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Island History Trust Image Collection


The wedding of Lil O'Keefe and Bill Russell, in St. Anne's Limehouse 1925. Bill from Canning Town was thrown out of his home at the age of 14, by his Dad. He was befriended and brought up by the O'Keefes who hailed from Rigg Street, West India Dock Road and later lived on the Island in Claude Street or Gaverick Street. At the back, Bill O'Keefe, a welder at Cutler's iron works; in front and to the left of him, Jack Radley, who worked in Milwall Docks; on the right side wearing a fedora, Len O'Keefe, a deck hand with Gazeleys tugs off Cuba Street. In the row behind the bride and groom are, third from left, Mrs Scott, Emily's mother; next to her, girl friend and future wife of Bill O'Keefe; next, Elizabeth O' Keefe, nee Taphouse (bride's mother) and “Danno” Dan O' Keefe, bride's father, next unknown, next LIz O' Keefe, married to Jack Radley; on right hand side to rear, Dan O'Keefe Jnr., plater at Cutler's; In front: Arthur O'kKeefe, plater, puncher and shearer at Cutler's, Charlotte Trinder from Limehouse, bride and groom, Emily Scott from Endive Street, Salmon Lane, and Frank O'Keefe, deckhand with Gazeleys. The children are: - , Marie O' Keefe (Bill's daughter), - , Doug Radley (son of Jack), William (Bill's son) Donated by Arthur O'Keefe