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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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Mellish Street

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Island History Trust Image Collection


These are boys from Mellish Street who were members of the Millwall Pigeon Flying Club, around 1952. From the left: Wally Dowler (12); behind: Johnny Hannon (13); Jimmy Newberry (12); Maurice Marsh (12); Billy Dowler (11) in centre. Photograph taken in the the back yard of Geordie Patterson’s house -another club member. Wally Dowler recalls: “We would take our pigeons to the headquarters at Harbinger School on the Friday night. They were ringed and stamped for the races on Saturday morning. This was a popular hobby on the Island in the 1950s and we looked forward to it.” Donated by W.Dowler